spro wrote:Marcel. The better option Is a separate vertical mill. I read the recent decision of a Grizzly and it is light yet has good reviews. There is something else which was a heavier version of the same design. I think it was 0603. It has a universal/swivel table and geared head also. Grizzly sold them for about two years and then they disappeared to the U.S. market. The first ones were metric. Some years later they appeared with Imperial and may still offer them. I haven't checked. Like you said, "Long story" and I don't mean to be a bore but I am getting to something here.
Many heavier machines still exist but have lost their accuracy without some refurb. Newer, lighter ones have a certain window, in which, they are improved and operations are reliable. They can never be the same machines that last 80+ years but that isn't what our timeline is.
So, and this is important, lighter used machinery may have worn out that window where they were accurate. They were supposed to be reliable while You use them and not the many before that wore them out. There is no real "vintage" to that, as it wasn't built to last beyond expected term of use.
Right now, you want a mill and have a general idea, size and condition. Go with that. Consider that the milling attachment just screwed up a fine lathe at that time and was why it was removed.
Thanks for the brilliant reply
unfortunately the grizly brand is not available in South Africa. And having it shipped hear would cost as much as a new mill here. I am looking at a small benchtop mill for around 1200 U.S (equivalent) that will suit all my needs perfectly. Like you said it is not built to last like the Lathe I have but if I do get the opportunity to one day purchase the Mill Head for this lathe, whether I have a seperate mill by then, or not, I will get one just to complete the set.
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