Nils O. Ny wrote:
> At 08:25 PM 4/15/98 -0500, Tony Clark wrote:
> >Enco @ 800 873 3626 prints a really nice catalog of import maching
> >tools and supplies and it is a good reference book for what is
> >available. Machinist friends of mine admit that there are better
> >tools but that the Enco machines are "good value" for the money.
> Found Harbor Freight on the Internet and have just looked at an Enco
> catalog and I'm drooling all over the place ! I have a couple of
> questions for any of you who have these machines. Is there any substantial
> difference between the low cost Enco's and the ones from Harbor Freight ?
> It seems like I can get the same or slightly better specs machine from HF
> for less money.
> I'm considering some of the smallest ones (Milling/Drilling machines) from
> Enco and two models from HF. Seems for about an additional hundred bucks I
> can get several improvements over the base model.
> 1- is a 2HP motor and or 110/220 motor a big improvement?
> 2- is a 4-1/2 inch column very much superior to a 3-1/2 inch one?
> 3- is a table travel of 12" sufficient or is 19-3/4 much better?
> 4- HF has a heavy duty 2 HP model on sale for $899 which is very appealing
> as it appears to be about $300-$500 less than the comparable model from
> Enco (big table / long travel / heave column / 2HP motor) but it weighs
> over 700 lbs (probably costs a fortune to ship, and then how to they get it
> off the truck and how do I move this around to put it on top of the bench?
> Anyone on the list have either one of these low end machines from Enco or
> Harbor Freight?
> Any advice I can get before I order would be greatly appreciated
> Regards Nils
Should you need parts or service once Harbor Freight has your money, you
might want to practice bending over and kissing your posterior goodbye.