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Marco M.

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Hi everybody,
I'm considering buying a desktop mill. In my country, for the same price, I can get a Proxxon FF 500/BL or a BF16 (sold by many companies). The first is made in Germany, the second is Chinese. I assume that the Proxxon is a better tool... am I wrong?
I have however still some doubts about the way the Proxxon head pivots: will that be rigid enough? In my opinion, the weight of the head will make it rotate with vibrations...
Which one will be more precise and give the best finish?

Thank you and Regards
Marco

Proxxon FF 500/BL
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Generic BF16
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With no pictures it's hard to say, but I've never known of a German machine not to be top shelf . If it's really German made my money would be there. Many of the China machines look good on paper in pictures but Ck inside there stuffed with casting sand , newspapers , leaks are common , ability to tram a mill head near impossible on the box and round body type. Ck each model out thoroughly then do your buying.
 

rrjohnso2000

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These are really two different sized mills. Look up the specs and compare and decide what projects for best
 

Marco M.

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Below you find my comparison. I'm a newbie, but they don't look so different to me. Am I missing some features?
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Well that's what I get for not looking closely. Those do look comparable, I'm not familiar with that proxxon
 
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