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Subject: Re: Best mill/drill or mill less than $1000

Date: 01/11/02 at 3:31 PM
Posted by: collin colberg
E-mail: cinematech1@yahoo.com
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In Reply to: Re: Best mill/drill or mill less than $1000 posted by Libor Pírko on 09/14/00 at 6:37 AM:

Money isn't the biggest concern. I'm looking into getting a mill drill around the 1 to 2 HP range. One of the Rong Fu machines, I believe the RF45 has a variable speed control and an option of speeds from around 60-1500 rpm or 140 to 2500 rpm. and it is only 1 horse power. What is a more viable option for a completely reliable machine for almost any job. The higher speed end or the lower speed end? another question, is 1 HP enough power or do I want to sacrifice the variable speed option and go with a step pulley machine around 2HP? Another question, how important is it for the head on the machine to be able to angle pivot from left to right? Am I better off getting a tilting table/vise and/or one of these right angle milling head attachments instead? The Column, it is obvious that the entire head of these machines move up and down on a 4 1/2 inch round column. Now, when you move the head up and down will it stay exactly on its axis or will it swing freely like a drill press table? I think this RF45 uses a dovetail for this movement instead of a round tube. How important is it for the Z axis to stay the same when raising and lowering the milling head and vise versa, how important is it for the head to be able to rotate from left to right with a round Column? And last but not least, which is a better machine, the Rong Fu or the Enco? And what about this 'Baby Bridgeport' is it the superior machine of all? Please get back to me. Thank you for your time.

Collin Colberg
Machine Maniac


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