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BenchTop Machines for Milling, Drilling, and Lathe Turning Projects

Benchtop, Tabletop, Workbench Machines. Three different names for the same thing - a smaller footprint machine with all the capabilities of their bigger brothers. Here's just a brief introduction into this machine tool niche. Like what you see? Dreaming of owning one for yourself?

What are you waiting for? These are the machines you've always wanted. They're just one easy click away from being yours. Imagine being in your garage or work shop and machining your own parts... Impress the hell outta your buddys.

Benchtop Combo Lathe/Milling Machine

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SHOP FOX M1018 Small Combo Lathe Mill

  • 16-1/2" swing over bed
  • 11-1/2" swing over saddle
  • 19-3/16" distance between centers
  • 4-way turret tool post
  • 9-1/2" faceplate
  • 40" 3-jaw chuck
  • built-in rotating vise
  • 3/4" spindle bore
  • MT #3 tapers.
  • 2 dead centers
  • T-slots in cross slide
  • Cuts inch and metric threads
Tabletop Machining by Joe Martin

Tabletop Machining gives the reader not just the "hows" but also the "whys" of machining practices using the lathe and milling machine for metalworking. Included are down-to-earth descriptions as well as richly illustrated drawings, diagrams and full color photography.
image book cover tabletop machining by joe martin isbn-10 0966543308

Combination lathe / 3-in-1 machines

A combination lathe, often known as a 3-in-1 machine, introduces drilling or milling operations into the design of the lathe. These machines have a milling column rising up above the lathe bed, and they utilize the carriage and topslide as the X and Y axes for the milling column. The 3-in-1 name comes from the idea of having a lathe, milling machine, and drill press all in one affordable machine tool. These are exclusive to the hobbyist and MRO markets, as they inevitably involve compromises in size, features, rigidity, and precision in order to remain affordable. Nevertheless, they meet the demand of their niche quite well, and are capable of high accuracy given enough time and skill. They may be found in smaller, non-machine-oriented businesses where the occasional small part must be machined, especially where the exacting tolerances of expensive toolroom machines, besides being unaffordable, would be overkill for the application anyway from an engineering perspective.

Table-Top Mill/Drill

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SHOP FOX M1007 Mill Drill
  • 2HP 12-speed motor
  • R-8 collets
  • 8" x 28" table
  • Clutch-type down feed mechanism
  • rapid and micro-feed quill adjustments
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