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how many guys have or at least want..some of the larger machine tools in their shop?
HAVING a mill and lathe is a HUGE ADVANTAGE
(theres links on lathe operation in these threads)


now obviously many guys never get to the point in the hobby where they get into fabricating custom parts
many guys get by with hand tools and maybe a drill press, but for those guys that might want to experiment or know they can make a better part, youll require a few tools like a decent TIG WELDER,or MIG WELDER , a MILL,DRILL PRESS,AND A LATHE your choices are almost endless and the chances of buying really good USED equipment , from a business that's moving or closing or upgrading,if you keep looking around and researching your options are excellent.
theres a tendency to buy the least expensive tools when first starting out, but that's seldom a great idea, you sure don,t want to spend the cash for top of the line tools when your first starting out either because you can very easily spend many multi thousands of dollars on basic tools and required tooling and accessories, that you'll seldom use in many cases,so think thru your needs.
but remember if you have the tools and acquire the skills there a great deal of satisfaction, in building custom parts and theres potential money to be made
heres some basic choices,in the larger and more expensive shop tools many of us would love to own, your needs may be far different but you can do about 99% of auto related work with these tools, and yes I'm fully aware that for many guys this is just a dream list, and for some of the more skilled the list contains less than top of the line imports that are not ideal for more than hobby use.


http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=907321

http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=K1855-4

http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-Speed-17-Floor-Drill-Press/G7947

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Milling-Machine-w-Power-Feed/G6760

http://www.welders-direct.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WD&Product_Code=907422



http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-x-22-Bench-Top-Metal-Lathe/G0602

a basic working lathe , drill press and mill,suitable for a good deal of auto work can be purchased NEW at a reasonable cost,
every shop needs at least a decent drill press, and a decent welder




http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=970&p=2373&hilit=+drill+press#p2373

and HAVING a mill and lathe is a HUGE ADVANTAGE

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=2198&p=5909&hilit=+milling+machine#p5909

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=993&p=4129&hilit=+milling+machine#p4129

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=2198&p=5909&hilit=+milling+machine#p5909

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=993&p=4129&hilit=+milling+machine#p4129
 

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I am fortunate enough to have access to those items, and others at my company. In addition, I have used on occasion a flat bed and lathe grinder. Also an oven for heat treating, and a bead-blasting booth are handy.
 

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I'd love to have a lathe and a bridge port but I don't have the funds or the space to put them in. Funny how 1000sf shop get so full.
 

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I've got a small hobby type lathe.
Same one that Harbor Freight sells.
It's OK for prototype mock ups, but the accuracy is crap. You get what you pay for.
I was lucky enough to find it used pretty cheap.
I would have been pretty disappointed if I bought it new.

My shop has a Bridgeport, though it's been abused over the years by employees.

We have a neighbor to our shop that is a regular machine shop with CNC equipment.
That is a nice thing to have.
 

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I want every tool I can swing. Fabricating should have been my calling.

I just picked up a floor mount 16 speed drill press. Have been looking at lathes and a tire changer...
 
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