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#189447 30-Dec-2015 11:40
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I'm hopefully buying a place shortly with a lot more room for garage type toys (Vehicles and tools) and there are a couple of things on my list so far...

- TIG welding kit
- 2 post hoist

But I'm also looking at a mill or possibly CNC machine. Desired use (don't know how often I would really use it though!) would be making/remaking small car parts - mounts, brackets, suspension parts etc...

I've done a bit of youtube surfing and checking out a few forums and the Sieg series (SX2.7 especially) seem popular and have conversion options readily available to convert to full CNC operation.

http://www.sieg-machines.co.nz/mills/362-sieg-sx27.html

There seem to be other options like this as well locally that aren't silly prices...

http://www.machineryhouse.co.nz/M123

My question is does anyone here have/operate such a hobbyist machine? Any pitfalls / must haves?

Cheers - N





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  #1459211 30-Dec-2015 18:28
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I have a Sieg SX3 Mill and Sieg SC4 lathe. Good little machines. I personally wouldn't go smaller than the SX3 mill. In fact I would probably being waiting and watching TradeMe for a bigger mill. However I got these machines as part of a deal I couldn't refuse and I'm pretty happy with them.

One day I'll CNC the mill.

Here's my workshop:

http://blog.rhysgoodwin.com/home-diy/milling-machine-bench-and-workshop-update/

Don't forget the tooling, oh the tooling it, never ends!




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  #1459217 30-Dec-2015 18:47
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Note the Sieg in the link above is only 135kg whereas the machineryhouse one is 293kg. That's very telling. Basically you want the biggest heaviest machine you can afford. (Work out where to put it later!)




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