Let's say a fella wanted a mini mill, and he had a budget of $1200 for the machine, shipping and basic tooling.

Must-haves for the mill are:

R8 collet capability

Solid dovetail column

0 (or 100) - 2500 RPM speed range

More table travel is better.

Basic tooling is defined as:

Decent vise

Starter Kit of end mills

Decent selection of R8 collets

Edge and Center Finder

123 blocks?

V-blocks?

I already have a hold-down kit and a set of parallels, t-slot cleaner and center drills.

I'm looking primarily at Grizzly 0781 and Little Machine Shop's HiTorque line (they sure are proud of their shipping!)

So, 2 questions:

1. Does one of the listed machines have any particular advantage over the other.

1b. Is there another machine I should consider?

2. Is there other initial tooling I should consider?

Must-haves for the mill are:

R8 collet capability

Solid dovetail column

0 (or 100) - 2500 RPM speed range

More table travel is better.

Basic tooling is defined as:

Decent vise

Starter Kit of end mills

Decent selection of R8 collets

Edge and Center Finder

123 blocks?

V-blocks?

I already have a hold-down kit and a set of parallels, t-slot cleaner and center drills.

I'm looking primarily at Grizzly 0781 and Little Machine Shop's HiTorque line (they sure are proud of their shipping!)

So, 2 questions:

1. Does one of the listed machines have any particular advantage over the other.

1b. Is there another machine I should consider?

2. Is there other initial tooling I should consider?

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