- Dec 18, 2013
Don't need both, within it's envelope the larger Breton machines will turn and mill.Darn! left another "like" for a three year old posting!
I'd buy me a Mori Seki CNC lathe with all of the bells and whistles and a DMG mill with all of the bell and whistles.
Now what I would do with them, I'll figure that out next.
I've found the material quality used in the Feelers is well below that found in Hardinge HLVH machines. One example comes to mind, that being cross feed lead screws. The Hardinge screw measured north of 40 RC, while the Feeler screw was just over 14 RC.Yes,copies of the Hardinge HLVH are made in Taiwan. They are also very expensive. You get what you pay for in the end. Even at the high prices the HLVH clones sell for,I doubt you'd hear a professional machinist say they are really the equal of a USA HLVH. After all,the HLVH was selling for about $65,000.00 when they quit making them.
I had to scroll through almost the entire thread to find this.I would start with a fully restored monarch 10EE in the new 1300 SqFt heated floor shop I guess....
You could probably get a grant and do that without winning the lottery...just saying - if that's your dream - Follow it!All I can think of is money was no problem, I'd buy a new butt because mine has a crack in it and the way it's been dragging lately I'm pretty sure I've worn a hole in it. (okay, just kidding as it was in humor, albeit poor humor)
Actually if money were no problem, I'd start a non profit organization that took "at risk" people and teach them to be machinist, welders, electricians, carpenters, etc. etc. and take jobs on for cost. I'd have a large tract of land that would have a large central classroom/shop with housing for singles and families and make it mandatory that all persons attend multiple classes on varying disciplines including home economics, managing a budget, math and other technical lessons in order to become self sufficient and productive in society. They would receive a small wage and room and board, of course drug and alcohol testing would be mandatory as well as attending certain social functions. The only caveat would be once a person becomes self sufficient, I'd ask that they help teach others for a period of time and pay it forward!
Now if only I could win a few hundred million from the lottery, because I see no other way I would become that wealthy honestly!