I have taken a brief hiatus from making any more parts for the past few days... The parts I want to make next require milling.
My other half has been listening to me curse my import mill/drill for some time. While it does the job, I'm always dissapointed at not being able to hit the tolerances I really want due to various things. Excessive backlash due to an undersize leadscrew on the X axis (adjustment nut tightened full up), 0.002 to 0.003 slop in the quill, lack of rigidity and more.
I've wanted a knee mill for some time but didn't want to spend the money.
As I was milling part of a snowplow mount for my ATV, the missus was watching. I accidentally climb milled and the whole table moved to the other side of the backlash. From across the room she noticed, asking "Is it supposed to do that?" Of course I said no.
A little later I showed what a knee mill looked like and that there was one particular one I had my eye on but saying I didn't want to spend the dough.
Long story short, I ordered a PM-935TV from Quality Machine Tools. If Bridgeport made a full featured knee mill I could fit in my shop, I'd buy USA made. This one is Taiwanese. We have a few Taiwanese BP clones at work mixed in with the real Bridgeports and they work just as well, so I said what the heck.
The new mill was in stock, and is shipping Monday. Got the single phase option, the 3 axis graphical DRO, and worklight. Left the power feeds out of the mix for now to keep $$$ down.
So, my focus is to disassemble the mill/drill, get it out of the basement into the garage. When the new mill arrives, it will be disaasembled and brought down to the shop.
Then I'll start making parts again...