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Old 01-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

Hello all, I am contemplating purchasing this machine with my tax return this year... Please give me your opinion on this machine, or even better if you have tried it or own it tell me how you like it. Here is the catalog page from Grizzly http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2012/Main/550 , the machine is the one at the bottom of the page. It looks like it will do everything I need it to do, and complement my CNC minilathe nicely.

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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

Hi Will,

That machine also caught my eye when i was looking through the new catalogue!

Looking through the specs it has a very small cross travel, just over 3 inches.

Since it is a new addition i am not sure if anyone will be able to provide any feedback on it.

It is neat that it can do double duty as a vertical and horizontal mill though.

Good luck in your quest!
Let us know what you decide on!

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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

I saw this discussed on another forum and noted that Grizzly had added it to their lineup. I personally thought that the Y axis travel was just too small but it depends on your own needs. Also when configured as a vertical mill the clearance between the spindle and the work is really small...

You can see a review of it here http://www.mini-lathe.com/mini_mill/reviews/U1/U1.htm

Hope that helps a bit.

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:47 AM   #4
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I think the lack of quill / drilling feed and minimal room in Z will be a nuisance. The concept is an interesting one though.

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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

Thanks for the responses guys, I read through Mike's link and do find the y cross travel to be smaller than I thought from first glance....I was thinking the z wouldn't be to bad if I used collets with 3/8" endmills and a range of collets for drilling... I could make the collets on my CNC minilathe. It was my intention to CNC the mill so I could drill will the z axis at that point. I think the Y travel is gonna be the deal-breaker....I need more. Shame, I loved the vertical mode setup.... it was the most like a knee-mill and that's what I am looking for a mini knee-mill.....basically like a tabletop bridgeport


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Old 01-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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Take a look on E-bay at the mill sold by Big Dog Metalworks. That's the one I got. More X & z travel and an overall heavier machine. I like mine a lot and I'm a full time machinist.
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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

What size horizontal arbor has it?

Unless it can accept standard size cutter bores, say 1" or 1.25", then you are going to be making all your own cutters, unless you are going to limit yourself to slitting saws.

These are two basic standard sizes that allow you to buy at very reasonable prices, say off ebay, otherwise specials will start to get very expensive, or as stated, you will be making your own.

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Old 01-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
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An interesting machine, i thought i had seen it somewhere else, it`s a Sieg SU1 universal mill sold in the U.K. by axminster tools and costing a whopping 984.00 they also do a power feed for it.

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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

Nice looking machine . I like the idea of a bench top combo knee mill. 11 7/8 in X so you can slot or surface a long piece.
they a bit tight in the z almost 5 inches less than the X-2 and a little tight in the Y
I like the concept though. Could be interesting if one had the time and money to open the envelope a bit.
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Default Re: Contemplating Grizzly's Horizontal/Vertical milling machine

The horizontial aspect appeals to me, but the vertical distance is very small by the look of it. The spec's do not state the distance. If a 3" cutter was on the Hor. spindle, the work height might only be an inich+/-. A speed of 200rpm on a 3" cutter is way fast, fast even for a 2" cutter. Assuming it take's an R-8 in the horz. spindle, that provides for a 1" arbor, but I don't recall seeing supported arbors as short as the one in the photos.

The lack of geared down low speed I believe kills it use as a Horz mill. With the right gearing a 1/2 motor is fine on a horz mill, but a DC motor slowed to a crawl is not the way to do it.


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