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I don't know anything about metalworking / machining tools.

Let's say you could only have one decent metalworking tool and you wanted to make bike parts / learn precision machining on your own time...

Something along the lines of: drill presses, vertical mills, metal lathes, band saws etc.

Yeah. :thumbsup:
 

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Verical mill, not even close. A nice gearhead lathe is the only thing that gets even remotely close. As a pair you got one hell of a shop.
 

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Vertical mill or lathe. Both preferably.

Later, Doug
 

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it seems that a vertical mill could be used as a drill press, yes?

also, how do you go about machining accurate curves with a hand controlled milling machine?
 
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it seems that a vertical mill could be used as a drill press, yes?

also, how do you go about machining accurate curves with a hand controlled milling machine?
I did a big writeup about that in an old thread. I think it was one of the ones about how dougz wanted to build his triple
 

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it seems that a vertical mill could be used as a drill press, yes?

also, how do you go about machining accurate curves with a hand controlled milling machine?

Rotary tables are helpful. It's a vise with a graduated vernier dial that rotates the bed of the vise instead of moving it in a linear fashion like the dials on the mill bed do. CNC is way better for that though.
 

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Honestly it depends on what you want to build. Id say for the price of even a cheap mill like a smithy you could outfit yourself with a lot of useful tools. I got a vertical/horizontal bandsaw from northern tool that is pretty handy.

Having a mill is nice but I would take that money and get a small band saw(vertical or vertical/horizontal, not horizontal only for starters), belt sander, small drill press(couple hundred bucks) and some assorted tools like a sawzawl, angle grinder and so on. Honestly the angle grinder with cut-off wheels will take you far.
 

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If you're not needing absolute percision, a drill press and an and angle grinder can go a long way. If your realy crafty, you can turn a drill press into a poor mans mill with varying results and it can also be setup for small lathe work as well.

Personaly, if it was a big purchase item, I would shoot for a lathe myself. It can be setup with a mill vise on the cross slide and you can mill out parts that way. It obviously takes a bit more thinking and a lot of extra setup and operational steps, but it does work. But most importantly, it still makes round parts. In the end, that's one of the more difficult and useful operations I would need on a regular basis that I can't do with any of the other tools.
 

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.(did yew upper decker that fookin twat yet ?) :thumbsup:
i personally have witnessed the aftermath of an upper decker at a dennys and it was a shitty thing to do and i fully condone doing the same to an enemy :rock::rock::rock:

BTW lathes are nice and so are drill presses...i dont know shite about a vert mill and

i thought a band saw was what was needed to relieve the pressure in my dads head when my mom bitched all the time :thumbsup:
 

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I am so jealous of this motherfucker.

 

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Staying within the rules of ya OP DEFINITELY the lathe.
But my thoughts are for the money you pay for ONE workshop tool you can get the bandsaw,drill press and some welding gear
 

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oh, and a good vise and bench. My bench and vise suck.

I imagine you can get away with a lot of stuff with a band saw, drill press, and bench grinder
 

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properly used you can use a vertical mill for all of the things you need
milling(of course) drilling, cutting, and even "lathe" work. biggest thing is, know how to utilize your machine. better a simple tool you know how to use than a complex tool you know nothing about.
i would get a bidgeport mill, then a monarch lathe if i was confined to conventional machinery only.

if not, then i would get a mill and then a Wasino or Takisawa CNC lathe. (a conventional mill can be converted to CNC as well)
 

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Def the mill.
 
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