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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodsup9000 View Post
    I also have DRO's (digital read out) on both of them and worth the money for the time they save.
    The last time I looked at DRO,s for my mill (10 years ago) I'd have spent $1000 for just the x-y axis. I just looked and can't believe how little they are now. Are these $170 (2 axis) to $250 (3 axis) any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumner View Post
    Are these $170 (2 axis) to $250 (3 axis) any good?
    Sumner,

    I have "UNIQ" brand on both of my mills. Both works very well. When I bought them about 20 years ago, they were around $500 each. This one is close to what I have.



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    the sherlines are very compact and very precise lil machines. pretty sturdy for there size. they can handle lots even some bigger stuff just got to go slow and easy. well worth the moneys sent. lots of extras too are available for these mini machines. look up sherline forums and such. model builders us them a lot. making tini ic engines to elaborate v8's ect. thats how precise these lil machines are right out the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid View Post
    the sherlines are very compact and very precise lil machines. pretty sturdy for there size. they can handle lots even some bigger stuff just got to go slow and easy. well worth the moneys sent. lots of extras too are available for these mini machines. look up sherline forums and such. model builders us them a lot. making tini ic engines to elaborate v8's ect. thats how precise these lil machines are right out the box.
    Well I just sent Sherline an e-mail asking how loud they are in comparison to other household appliances.

    I've more or less decided that a Sherline will probably be the better choice over the Proxxon due mainly to wider range of accessories and attachments specifically made for it by Sherline. Also seems like it will probably be a bit more versatile than the Proxxon. The main tradeoffs I can see with the Proxxon are it's heavier weight and larger size, and higher price, but those tradeoffs seem negligible.

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    Weight in a machine tool can be the result of rigidity - its a good sign.

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    you wont be disappointed with the sherline for sure. just got to remember take it easy with cuts although you would be surprised at just how much they can cut before it gets bad. There are many people building first class stuff ( Oh great now im sounding like a sale's man ) hummm i wonder if sherline would give me a deal for advertising
    HtheBasement is very right about that weight thing. if its HEAVY its gunna be good. But every machine has its limits.

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    While lathe machines are more limited in use than a milling machine, they are superior for cylindrical parts. While a mill can make the same cuts that a lathe does, it may need multiple setups to create the same part.

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