A combo like this is a bit of a compromise and only recommended if, like me, you have limited space. It gives me a lathe, pillar drill and milling machine in a small footprint.
I also bought accessories with my own money, which came to about another £300 :-
- Cutting tools - essential.
- Compound cross slide - for cutting tapers.
- Drill vice - to hold things on the cross slide when milling or drilling.
- Tailstock chuck - to drill down the axis of round things.
- 4 Jaw chuck - for turning square and irregular shapes.
- Milling chuck and collet set - to hold milling bits.
- Wiggler - for finding centres and edges when milling and drilling.
- Die holder - for tapping threads.
- Headstock centre - for turning between centres.
That saved me about £2.80.
The second object is the biggest thing I have RepRapped so far. It is a cover to go over the chuck to make it easier to turn by hand when tapping. It took over 7 hours to build and weighs 77g.
Here it is installed :-
I haven't used it yet but it feels like it should work well.