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sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« on: August 24, 2007, 07:02:42 AM »
Im thinking of buying this:
http://www.sherline.com/2000pg.htm

I want to get the included digital readout, too.

Comes out to $1340 . . .

Anyone have any comments on the quality of Sherline products? Anyone used this particular mill before? It just doesnt look stable under its own weight . . .


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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007, 02:55:41 PM »
Unless the only thing you machine is plastic, I would recommend you go with the simpler model.

I have the 5400 mill with CNC, and I love it.

I also have the 4500 lathe, with a vertical milling column to convert it. I've had that machine for 7 years, and am very happy with it.

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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2007, 03:43:27 PM »
You might find quite a bit of info at CNC Zone: http://www.cnczone.com/

A friend of mine recommends it (no, not google, heh)... though I've yet to take the time to poke around there.  It's not a purely cnc oriented community either, it seems.

Wish I had the money for a mill :P
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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2007, 12:56:52 PM »
Ok the money situation changed at work so I might put it off for awhile.

I already got a nice Haas Mill CNC to use:
http://www.pct.edu/schools/iet/automated/images/haas/03.jpg

The reason I wanted this desktop mill is because I wanted something quick and dirty that I can do without CNC programming.

The reason why I wanted this particular one is because occasionally I find myself designing weird angled parts that are hard to work with in 2D . . .

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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 08:48:44 AM »
Here's also some pretty good resources for information on the Mill:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sherline/
*This is a Yahoo Group specifically for Sherline Mills

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jobshophomeshop/
*Also a Yahoo Group with pretty savy memebers that give some great info

Thought these may help when you decide to get back into the purchase of your mill.



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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007, 10:02:03 AM »
On JonHylands' blog I saw an image of a small gear milled out of plastic, and it was very fine and nicely finished.
I actually just looked into them yesterday because Jon recommended them on his blog...

I think they are a good buy.
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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2007, 12:23:57 PM »
It does a great job. I'm building a new mini-sumo, and you can see some of the pieces of aluminum and brass I have machined with it (and my Sherline lathe) so far:

http://www.huv.com/miniSumo/seeker2x

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Re: sherline 8 direction mill recommendation?
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2007, 06:28:13 PM »
My boss says that sherline is a pretty good company if you're dealing with lighter material. We have mostly bigger stuff, but having that extra axis would be awesome - save on set up time.

 


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