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This is my small one I was referring to.
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It's not bad & can do the work you was referring to if you bolt it to the table. It will only hooks a 4" vise tho. I do mist of my work from a vise. A 6" vise is big & heavy. It will take a big mill to Mount it to.

4x12" of work in a lathe is pretty big as well. It kinda depends if you are working with tube or round stock to say what size chuck you need but I don't think you could spin ether in a 7x12.
I'm just going off of what I'm seeing from littlemachineshop.com :) The seem to have a lot of what I'm looking for.

This lathe would do all that I need to do really for lightsaber props and just basic turning down metal for
http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=5100&category=1271799306

And then I'm considering getting this mill and adding their 4th axis upgrade:
http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=5500&category=1387807683

It's a little bit more expensive then what I'd like, but I feel like it'd be worth it in the long run.

No prob . If you're only doing aluminum you'll have alot easier time with smaller machines. When i was looking into getting a mill , a guy i know told me whatever I get, it's never gona be big enough or heavy enough...so be forewarned of what youre getting into. Once you see what you can do, you're gona want to do more. If you get something like a $1-2000 bench mill , you can have alot of fun in aluminum. Then if you want to upgrade, you can sell it without losing a fortune. You being a student, I would find something $1-2K with good reviews. From someone who hasn't been doing this a long time, I would say either start small and cheaper ...or get a bridgeport or Taiwan bridgeport clone (Knee mills) . I have a PM-935 which is a 2/3 Bridgeport clone . In it's price point it's pretty rigid, full featured and not too huge. It is around $5500-$7K depending what you get with it...and it is BY FAR , not the biggest and best as mills go. Matt at Precision Matthews sells it. On occasion he also has used machines and he sells small machines too. He's a straight shooter if you call him ...have him call you back if he's not there. I also saw a nice Acra in similar price range. Most of the machines, even smaller ones will require borrowing an engine hoist and 2 guys to place the machine . You're in the right place if you want info. Alot of very helpful people on this forum . Also check out (if you haven't already) the youtube channels of mrpete222 , oxtoolco , etc . Good luck in school and finding machines !
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLIIdKEpjAnn8E76KP7sQg
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZC9LGZLfyjrKT4OZne-JNw

and this series
Thank you! :D Glad to know that I'm in the right place. :D
 

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I stand corrected. It says you can swing a piece 4.3" so you would be able to get that hunk in there as long as there is still room to Mount a tool.
 

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Right now, I don't see myself needing something super big. I'd use it make lightsaber props other small projects.

This is another example of a project I'd like to do. http://www.volpinprops.com/combat-shotgun-fallout/
I wish you luck and hope you are able to dip your toe in and leave it at that. Unfortunately for me, I am a full fledged tooloholic, and I do not plan to enter a 12 step program anytime soon. Seriously do what is best for you, don't let a bunch of egg heads like myself shame you into anything! The good thing it's only money and you can always get more of it!
 

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I'm just going off of what I'm seeing from littlemachineshop.com :) The seem to have a lot of what I'm looking for.

This lathe would do all that I need to do really for lightsaber props and just basic turning down metal for
http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=5100&category=1271799306

And then I'm considering getting this mill and adding their 4th axis upgrade:
http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=5500&category=1387807683

It's a little bit more expensive then what I'd like, but I feel like it'd be worth it in the long run.



Thank you! :D Glad to know that I'm in the right place. :D

If you plan to get the mill above do yourself a favor and by a PM-25 from Matt at Quality Machine. His support is unbelievable and for someone starting he is the right guy to talk to. Give him a call and he will steer you in the right direction even if it is not to buy his stuff. I have the PM-25 and have not regretted it fo one second!
 

Subwayrocket

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If you plan to get the mill above do yourself a favor and by a PM-25 from Matt at Quality Machine. His support is unbelievable and for someone starting he is the right guy to talk to. Give him a call and he will steer you in the right direction even if it is not to buy his stuff. I have the PM-25 and have not regretted it fo one second!
Yep , that is the link I posted above . The PM25 and also the PM727 . About the same price and he's a stand up guy .
 

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