ShopMaster Shop Task 1720 XTMC CNC circa 1995. Lathe Mill combo. Depends a lot on the tasks you need to accomplish. I just am doing axles, prop hubs, and mtg brackets for UAV stuff all small scale mostly Alum some steel.What brand/model is that? Looks pretty sweet!
Is the question whether it is possible for anyone to get by with only one?Anyone buy, own or use a small shop Mill for just simple milling jobs?
What's wrong with 3PH? Better power delivery (smoother) and instantly reversible with simple switchgear. Cheaper starters. No capacitors.If I can find a older one that’s not 3 phase I’d buy it.
Sorry, was typing a little slower than you were. Did not realize this was a hopeless case.I don’t have the room or desire to have something like a Bridgeport
============================================I was considering a mill from Precision Mathews for small stuff, but lucked into a Tormach PCNC1100 that someone bought but never even used. All the bell and whistles. I pick it up next week and will likely shelve it for a few months until I finish a current work project. However, for the quick fix on parts, it makes sense to have a small desktop mill. For that I have an older G0704. Both use the same tooling so can go back and forth if needed. Also one thing to consider is the power you have available. I could have bought some older small Haas machines, but all were 3 phase and my hangar only has 110 and 220 single phase.
Don't reject a 3 phase machine for that reason alone. Very easy to run on single phase. A good deal on an old machine is not such a good deal if it has a Brown & Shape #9 taper in the spindle. A BP / clone is popular because of commonality and you can always sell it and recoup your $$ when you're done with it.If I can find a older one that’s not 3 phase I’d buy it.