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chiroone

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I am in the market for a vertical mill. My budget will allow me to get a PM 727 fully equipped with the DRO all possible options as well as a full complement of tooling or, I can get a PM932 with just a stand, power X feed and a power head but then I’ll have to wait to add a DRO as well as some other tooling. Does anyone have any advice the best way to go? I’m also wondering if I should consider one of the grizzly machines of the same or similar size. Not sure who makes the best machine so I can keep it around 3K. If anyone has any other models or ideas, any help would be appreciated
 

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With that budget I would look for a good used Bridge port..

BTW Hi neighbor
 

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Greetings, thanks for the info, but Bridge Port out of the question, WAAAY too big, may need parts that are not available, may be worn out, too heavy too move and just over kill. I am just a hobbyist, I have been looking for older and smaller American machines, but no luck, so Asian iron seems to only choice
 

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If it were me and I just needed and wanted a benchtop mill I'd call Matt...
I believe his customer service speaks volumes.
Heck he even tried to help me with part on my auction bought Birmingham.
 

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Greetings, thanks for the info, but Bridge Port out of the question, WAAAY too big, may need parts that are not available, may be worn out, too heavy too move and just over kill. I am just a hobbyist, I have been looking for older and smaller American machines, but no luck, so Asian iron seems to only choice
Everybody starts out as a Hobbyist except us guys that worked the shop their whole life. When you drop 3K on a mill, you'll soon find that you should have bought the bigger Bridgeport. Hardinge took over Bridgeport and all parts are available for them.
 

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I am in the market for a vertical mill. My budget will allow me to get a PM 727 fully equipped with the DRO all possible options as well as a full complement of tooling or, I can get a PM932 with just a stand, power X feed and a power head but then I’ll have to wait to add a DRO as well as some other tooling. Does anyone have any advice the best way to go? I’m also wondering if I should consider one of the grizzly machines of the same or similar size. Not sure who makes the best machine so I can keep it around 3K. If anyone has any other models or ideas, any help would be appreciated
There are those of us who have no need/use for a old BP, but we're rare. ;)

The only suggestion I will make here is that you buy the highest quality machine you can afford first. Then save your pennies for the extras.

Buying a cheap(er) machine just to get a cheap DRO or power feed with the package means you ended up with a lower quality machine you may or may not regret in the future. Think Taiwan made if you can afford it. Just my $0.02 :D
 

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Buy the biggest heaviest machine that you have space for even if you have to sacrifice power 'this and that' or DROs. THis and that and DROs can be added later, strength and stiffness cannot.
 

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From my experience with Matt, both machines are of equal quality. Unless you need the (slightly) larger machine, go with the bells and whistles on the smaller one. In life (working life) I ran mills ranging from low end Indexes to 16 foot stroke planers, with a couple of Mazaks in between In Hobby Life, my PM25 is adequate.
 
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