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Discussion in 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Get Help Fast Here!)' started by Pjblues, Apr 19, 2017 at 3:25 PM.

  1. Pjblues

    Pjblues United States Iron Registered Member

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    I am brand new to the forum so please excuse me for bringing this up but does anyone own or have knowledge of the Smithy IMax 1340? I am considering it versus a bench mill and a 12 x 36 lathe. I am a retired person who is not interested in starting a business. This is pure hobby for me. I have a room I built in my garage 10' x 9' just for a small or couple of small machines. Again, you folks have most likely debated this over and over but I just wanted an opinion.

    Thanks.

    PJ
     
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    RandyM United States Global Moderator Staff Member H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Pjblues United States Iron Registered Member

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    Thanks so much Randy. I really appreciate your help so fast.
     
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    David S Canada Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Welcome PJ, Looking forward to your contribution here.

    David
     
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    Hi PJ,

    I had a Smithy Granite Classic for 14 years. I purchased it at the time due to space constraints. IMHO the smithy Granite is the best of the 3-in-1 machines. The lathe is pretty good and the mill is okay. Working on this type of machine takes some planning and strategy but high quality work can be done if you understand its limitations. There is a pretty active Yahoo group for the smithy machines and you can see what work can be done on them.

    I posted some examples of the work I did in it here. http://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/combo-machine-quality.49980/#post-420512

    That being said, if you have the room and means, separate machines are always better. I have since moved on to a larger lathe and mill.
     
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    Pjblues United States Iron Registered Member

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    Hello JBolt,

    Thanks so much for sharing this information and pictures with me. The projects you completed are fantastic and I am betting dead on the money in quality and dimensional accuracy. Great work.
     
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    Welcome to H-M, PJ! Most of us here are hobbyists, but yes, a few are professionals. Like you, my shop space is limited, though my shop is in the basement in a room that is 12 x 14 which affords me a little more elbow room. I do not have any personal experience with the Smithy line, but I've seen some beautiful projects done with them. All machines have limitations of one sort or another, and as long as you work within the limitations of your machine you will be quite happy with it.
     
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    Thanks so much Terry for your opinion. I appreciate them.
     

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