H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Jan 22, 2012
So here's my dilemma. I have a RF45 clone bench top mill that runs just fine (the only mill I've ever run). After watching many of the you tube videos I have come to realize some of the limitations of the bench top style mill. I found a good used BP 9X42 series 1 with VS locally to me. The mill comes with a nearly new Kurt vise and a rotary table and some collets. It doesn't have powered X axis (my mill does) or DRO (my mill does) and is 3 phase with an included rotary phase convertor. The price isn't too bad for my area ($3900) but the cost to move it from the current owner's house to my shop came in at $1200 - $1500 dollars. I am struggling with the cost addition of upgrading even taking into account selling my mill after removing the DRO. A powered x-axis would be about $400 and at least one new scale for the DRO ($100) to get me close to the same setup I currently have. Space is not an issue, I have room for either machine, just not sure if the cost is worth it. I haven't run a BP or any knee mill for that matter so I don't know how much different (better?) the BP would be. Anyone out there with hands on experience using both style machines that can chime in?