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Web Goblin
29-08-2012, 08:10 AM
Morning all.
Well after losing out on a Centec 2A with a vertical head on ebay the other night I started looking around at other mills. From several sites the Sieg X3 seems to be a good recommendation but one video I watched of it cutting looked like the head was shaking all over the place.
Does anyone have any experience with the X3? Should I really hold out and get a centec?

i2i
29-08-2012, 09:16 AM
i would hold out for a centec or similar.

i2i
29-08-2012, 09:18 AM
if you have the space go for something bigger, you'll get a lot for your money at bridgeport sized machines.

Web Goblin
29-08-2012, 09:58 AM
Unfortunately I cant get anything bigger, dont think the floor would take the weight.
Anyone know how to edit the title of a post? The "an" bit should be 2A.

John S
29-08-2012, 10:27 AM
I personally can't comment as I have never run or owned a Centec but two of my friends have replaced centecs wit an X3 and a Super X 3 because of capacity issues, namly lack of hight.

jonnydeen
29-08-2012, 12:55 PM
if i was you i would hold out for a 2B, they usually go for around the price of a new x3 with comparable envelope, but don't come up that often.
the 2a is a lovely lump of good ol fashioned iron and although their travel is seriously limiting there are ways around that
i have a centec 2 in the shed, its one rigid little bugger but it would really benefit from a table transplant (hmmm X3 extra long table + centec 2????)

Web Goblin
29-08-2012, 01:35 PM
Some of the centecs do seem to have very short tables. I have also seen a few with riser blocks fitted to extend the vertical height. Looks like I will be holding out for a centec then.

i2i
29-08-2012, 09:38 PM
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i2i
29-08-2012, 10:17 PM
thanks Jonathan.

Web Goblin
30-08-2012, 06:58 AM
I2i, I have have been looking at all of them on ebay for a while now. Some of those machines have been advertised more than twice now. The problem is the distance away from me and I dont know if I would trust a courier to move it.

i2i
30-08-2012, 11:27 AM
i've used loads of couriers, and as long as the machine is within the size of the pallet and secured to it, you should be fine.

jonnydeen
30-08-2012, 07:09 PM
I2i, I have have been looking at all of them on ebay for a while now. Some of those machines have been advertised more than twice now. The problem is the distance away from me and I dont know if I would trust a courier to move it.

i bought my centec 2 on ebay and had it shipped over from the mainland to northern ireland, the biggest worry was getting the seller to put it on a pallet.

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btw if you can, make sure it has the vertical head with it, they are wild expensive on their own

Web Goblin
30-08-2012, 07:51 PM
Might have to go down the delivery route. I am looking at another option at the moment. There is one for sale near alton towers where I will be next weekend. The problem will be transport. I could take my trailer with me but I have no idea where I could safely park it until its time to come home. Waiting on some more photos of the machine Im looking at.

i2i
30-08-2012, 08:14 PM
secure parking like some multistorey car parks, or safestore may be able to handle it. Or collect it on the day you return.

Web Goblin
02-09-2012, 09:09 PM
Bit of an update. I won a 2A the other night on ebay, the blue one it was. It should be delivered to my mates workshop on Wednesday. I will strip it down there and bring it back to mine for a rebuild and new paint job. I've also just won the Mk3 vertical head on ebay as well tonight. I should hopefully pick it up next weekend as we are down that way anyway.

irving2008
03-09-2012, 01:28 AM
Bit of an update. I won a 2A the other night on ebay, the blue one it was. It should be delivered to my mates workshop on Wednesday. I will strip it down there and bring it back to mine for a rebuild and new paint job. I've also just won the Mk3 vertical head on ebay as well tonight. I should hopefully pick it up next weekend as we are down that way anyway.

Excellent, I was looking at those and wondering if you were bidding...

Fortis64
26-07-2017, 12:38 PM
Morning all.
Well after losing out on a Centec 2A with a vertical head on ebay the other night I started looking around at other mills. From several sites the Sieg X3 seems to be a good recommendation but one video I watched of it cutting looked like the head was shaking all over the place.
Does anyone have any experience with the X3? Should I really hold out and get a centec?

Hi,I'm new to this forum ,been lurking for a while . I've recently refurbished a Centec2 which is in amazing condition considering it was made in the late 40's .