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RE: OT-Smithy 3 in 1 machines

To: "Daniel Neuman" <>,
Subject: RE: OT-Smithy 3 in 1 machines
From: "Rob Robinson" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 23:16:21 -0500
I've used the small Smithy quite a bit in the past - it's decent as a lathe
on most materials, but just about worthless as a mill unless the work is
softer than aluminum - just not sturdy enough, the whole thing would shudder
and produce a lousy, inaccurate surface. I never tried it as a drill press,
since 2 "normal" drill presses were just a couple steps away. If you need a
compact. cheap lathe made by Chinese slave labor, the Smithy is a good
choice.  ;-)

Rob Robinson
67 2000  (engineless)
Roanoke, VA

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Daniel Neuman
> Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 7:51 PM
> To:
> Subject: OT-Smithy 3 in 1 machines
> Hello All,
>       Have another off topic question for the group. Since it seems lik e
> a lot of people on this list know there way around a machine shop
> hopefully
> someone will be able to answer this question.
>       My research lab is being moved to a new building and we don't have
> enough space for our little mini machine shop.  I am wondering if
> anybody has
> any experience-knoweldge-opinions about the smithy 3 in 1 line of
> tools. They
> are combination mill-drill press and lathes.  We are looking at their
> smallest model and this might just be the trick for our space
> crunch.  Are
> they worth the money?? Is it possible to do relatively accurate work with
> them??
>               Thanks,
>                       Daniel 69 2000
>                       SF CA

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