I'm new to the forum and new to machining (as in NEVER even turned on a mill). I've spent a week or more lurking around trying to get a feel for the forum and learn a few things.
I recently decided that I needed a quality drill press for my backyard shop where I work on motorcycles, atv's, and so forth. So I figured if I'm going to spend a good amount of money on a DP, I might as well get a mill and expand the possibilities. I found that a full size knee mill seems to be the way to go if the money and space allows.
So a couple of days before Christmas I came across a Craigslist ad about an hour away from my home for a Bridgeport J head @ $700.00 That seemed like a pretty cheap price for a refurbished Bridgeport and wasted no time to contact the seller and hustled over there to check it out. After looking it over to the best of my ability, I felt it was worth the money asked and paid for the mill and got a receipt. We agreed that I would arrange to pick it up after the holidays from his business.
Unfortunately after several attempts since to contact the seller (he leaves me hanging for days at a time) and pick up the mill (no show on agreed day and time), I've given up and asked for a refund and he agreed.
So, I don't think I'm going to find a full size mill in my price range of $1,000 in my area (central FL). Should I start looking at a mini mill or something?
I found this one and was wondering if it's worth the asking price?
Or should I go with HF and 20% coupon?
Thanks in advance,