View Full Version : what small basic bench top mill?

08-08-2014, 08:30 PM
I have got to the point were im getting frustrated with not having any real way of easily making small parts relatively accurately. I have a large pillar drill that is fine for holes and a lathe with a small vertical axis but its almost imposable to do anything properly on it. I dont have much to spend on a mill so not expecting much but wondering if i can get by with one of the small bench top ones that are available. Im thinking it will mainly be aluminium parts that i am going to need to do, simple jobs like making square plates with a few holes in and maybe machining a few lots and pockets. I was looking at the Clarke CMD300 but then stumbled across a used one of these for about 300 https://www.cromwell.co.uk/OSA2715500K

Is this sort of thing capable of doing any real work or are they little more than a toy? I supose in the future it may be cool to try and convert it to a cnc but im not worrying about that yet its more of a tool to help build my cnc and to possibly build a metal capable cnc in the future.

any advice would be great

many thanks

08-08-2014, 08:35 PM
looking at it closer the two could be exactly the same.

Web Goblin
08-08-2014, 10:10 PM
Haven't used one of them but it looks more like a micro mill. I doubt you would get any heavy work done it.

09-08-2014, 08:32 AM
looking around on the net it seams like the same design or model is used world wide and looks like you can even buy a cnc conversion. There seams to be a good number of vid of it cutting aluminium so unless any one has any other suggestions i may go take a look at the use one and possibly give it a go.

09-08-2014, 11:23 AM
I would thoroughly recommend you have a look at the Seig offerings from Arc Euro. They can set the machine up for you and it would seem to be well worth while. I have a Clarke CMD300 and Yes, it is a toy, but I have played with it a lot.


10-08-2014, 09:52 PM
well i went and took a look and ended up walking away with it. it not great by any means but if i can drill holes accurately and do the odd slot or pocket it should be enough for what i need at the moment and to mean i dont have to take things else were to have small jobs done. I paid 325 and it came with the milling chuck which is a extra 120 a fixing set which is another 70, a small vice clamp and a few end mill bits so not to bad. I think the one mod i would like to do though would be put a belt drive conversion on the spindle and the gears are a little shonky and then maybe once my big machine is up and going maybe a ball screw and cnc conversion and maybe even some linear rails but thats a long way off. Ether way i will be putting it to test tomorrow.