Post by propmaster2000 on Jan 27, 2017 12:48:11 GMT
For 17 years I worked as a prop maker in LA. This is where I got a bit spoiled. Before I got the job I had very limited tools (mostly hand and small power tools) which kept my creativity to a minimum. They had everything needed to build and create new things. The three items I never had access too before were a full size Mill, Lathe and Large disc sander. When I moved, I went back to where I started, hand and small power tools.
So, I found a 3 in 1 setup (Mill-Drill-Lathe) which is perfect for what I do and doesn't take up a lot of space. It runs on 120vac so I didn't need 220v. Since I am more of a hobbyist now, the accuracy of the 3 in 1 isn't critical, but it sure makes things easier. I am still looking for a good size heavy duty Disc Sander.
Have you any pics of your 3 in 1 lathe. I am in the market for one myself...
After I moved and left my prop making job, I started looking into a 3 in 1 because I have limited space and power availability (120vac). A few of the biggest parameters was retail cost, sales tax and shipping. Since I was unemployed, this was a big factor. Accuracy was less of a requirement for me then how much it would cost. The '3 in 1' I settled on does not have a DRO. I tend to go more by markings on the piece, then where the dials are. There are many brands and sizes of these machines from Smithy to Grizzly, etc. I settled on an Enco 328-1310 and as I mentioned earlier, cost and voltage was the factor.
I was lucky enough to find a clean, barely used one locally, so I could go pick it up and save insurance & shipping. I needed 4 large burly helpers to move this thing! My thinking is that the Tooling is the most important part of the machining. Good sharp bits make all the difference, so I will spend the money I saved on this. The ENCO 328-1310 is much like the Grizzly in functionality and looks. It doesn't have a large Bore hole, but for me it is satisfactory. The length of the table is perfect. I really like this thing and without it I couldn't do what I do.