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Old 01-25-2018, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default Hobbymat MD 65 any good?


64 year old newbie here.
Just bought a partially built Stuart 10V.

(My 10H is lonely!)

Turns out it needs more machining.

I'm on a limited budget. Saw this on Craigslist and it looks better than a new Chinese machine.

It comes with the milling attachment and priced at $500 FOB Montana. I would need to convince the seller to ship it, likely via Fastenal.

These things any good?

Is there something else I should be looking for?


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Old 01-25-2018, 07:03 AM   #2
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I have the Hobbymat MD65 and the milling attachment.
Good enough for all I need (5" gauge steam locos).
One recommendation: separate the two.
I have found another base for the milling attachment and connected it to a spare cross table.
This saves a lot of converting to and fro when alternatively using the mill and the lathe.
Pay attention to the change wheels.
The Hobbymat is the yellow(-ish) twin of the Proxxon. Most parts are directly interchangeable.

If brute force doesn´t work, you´re just not using enough of it!
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:35 PM   #3
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Default Milling in a lathe

Oopps sorry didn't mean to post that here.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:16 PM   #4
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Used to own one and it was an adequate little machine
It gets a bit tedious winding the saddle back as there no half nuts or at least my version didnt have
From memory I think the feeds screws are counter intuitive
You can still buy them new
I would buy another if the need came about
Be careful when adjusting saddle to bed fit Iv seen something or other about cracking the casting if its not done incorrectly
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