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CEHansen
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I am not a gunsmith or a machinist. I am an Engineer/Product Designer and I occasionally like to prototype small parts for my current projects. At my skill level it usually takes 3-5 blanks for me to make one good part. Do any of you have any experience or opinion on any of the Smithy products? The 3in1 machines are particularly attractive for my purposes. If you could be model specific that would help.

Thanks in advance.

Carl
butchlambert
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The lower your skill level the better machine you will need. I would pass. Are you doing it for price?
Butch
chuckwilliams
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my buddy has one and you can literally stop the chuck with your hand. he has given up trying to do rifle work with it. pretty expensive learning experience. by the way, he has been a machinist for a major oil company for a couple of decades so he does know his business.

chuck
SamLS
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I have inspected several. Don't waste your money. They fill a hobby or model makers nitch. Your going to be threading and cutting steel with high cutting forces so you want mass and rigidty, get a good lathe. Good used machinery can be had for cheap with this economy. If your worried about unloading a bridgeport or similar. Most towing companies can help a wrecker with a boom on it can unload and place a machine in your garage. Ask the dispatcher if they have installed milling machines in peoples garages etc.
Preacher
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Your good to go if all you'll do is plastics, but forget it if your doing metal...
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