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Old 07-21-2009, 03:12 AM
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Default Smithy Granite 1324

Starting to shop for a combo maching for home use. What is the feeling of
this machine, does anyone have pro's or con's about it.
Still have some time before purchase.
Maby a sugestion in this price range. Can be multiple machines but must
Mill and turn. Drill press is an extra, But can always use doubles.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:00 AM
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No link or photo, what's the machine.?
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:24 AM
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Default 3 in 1

Its a Smithy Granite 1324/1340.
Will edit: Gotta go get the link.
Here we go.
http://www.smithy.com/product_home.p...1&scid=8&pid=4

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:45 AM
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I was looking at buying a Smithy, but ended up buying a used mill/drill and a used 9" Logan lathe, buying both for under $1000. I'm glad I went with separate machines.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:51 AM
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Years ago when I retired from the Navy, I looked into multi purpose machines.
They do many things, but none of them well.
Pros:
Lower cost.
Smaller footprint.
Cons:
Not very rigid.
Small capacity.
A real pain to change from one operation to another.

I originally went with a used lathe, and a HF mill drill. Used them for years.
Kept my eye out for an upgrade.
Finally got a deal on a Bridgeport.
Old man has a great setup, a dovetail head mill drill.
I'm assuming this is for when you return to "CONUS".
Be patient, do your research, and don't rush into quick decisions.
With The Antichrists economy being what it is, there's a lot of small shops going out of business. I got my current equipment from a downsizing company.
Keep looking on Craig's list.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:27 AM
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Yes it will be for when I come stateside.
I am going to upgrade most of my (portable) equipment that I have been
packing all over the place for years. Moving up to shop equipment, dont want
hobby stuff but its gotta be reasonable also. Know a man that has Smithy
wood stuff and he loves it. Basement type shop stuff is what he does.
Thought I would ask.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:35 AM
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If you understand its limitations. I posted a link where a man had made about a dozen radial aircraft engines with a 3 in 1. I personally would rather have separate machines but if your space is limited and you can get a great deal on one go for it.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:46 AM
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No space is not the issue, bang for the buck is. I have to build a new shop anyway so I was planning (thinking) of about 20x20 for the machine room
with assorted stuff that shows up.
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Once upon a time I bought a new 1324 Granite Industrial. I knew all of the limitations of a 3-in-1 machine before I bought it but I had an immediate need for something that could go to work right out of the box. The Smithy came fairly well tooled and filled my immediate needs for machining at the time. Within 6 months my needs exceeded the machine, but having it gave me the opportunity to take my time and shop for good deals on individual used machines.

The ONLY real advantage of a 3-in-1 machine is space. Unless you are limited to a 4'x4' space, individual machines are the best bang for the buck.

I lucked out and sold the Smithy for almost what I paid for it to another Smithy owner that was looking to upgrade from his Midas machine.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:03 PM
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EGlide, I'll let you know more here in a month or so as this is one of the models I'm looking at/deciding between, to put in here at the apartment.

I'm going with a multi-task machine for the same reasons I'm not putting in a 5hp LeBlond and a knee-mill.
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