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"Grow into rather than out of"...

April 10 2012 at 11:38 AM
Dave Dunn  (Login daved20319)

Response to I too am a novice....

That's exactly the problem with the 3 in 1 machines, most guys DO grow out of them quickly, or give up in disgust. Although the Smithy's have a good rep for quality, they're still a collection of compromises. A common complaint I've heard is that you need a mill when it's set up for turning, or vice versa. About the only good reason to have one of these is if you just don't have the space for two machines. That said, I use my lathe FAR more than my mill, and even when I do use my mill, it's more often as a precision drill press rather than a mill. Of course, that needs to be qualified, too, as I'm also new to all this, and things change happy.gif. Later.


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