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Posted on Does Anyone Use A Mini-Mill as a Drill Press?

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 03:54 PM

this can work for certain applications. however a few things to keep in mind:

1. Cost – the minimill + CNC conversion + learning curve + tooling is probably going to push you beyond the $2000 price range. just know this in advance so it won’t be a surprise when you start adding things up.

2. Work envelope – while the Z axis can give you the theoretical ability to drill deeper holes (no quill). the mini mill space between the spindle and table is rather small. add an extra wood/MDF top surface to protect from oils and this is becoming smaller still.

3. even with a CNC control, if you need to drill a large number of holes, this will be painfully slow compared to the fast quick action of a dedicated DP with a pull down quill

to my original point – is you need a CNC for metal parts – this might be a good option and could give you some abilities to (mass) drill/mill smaller wooden parts, or flat narrow (potentially long) parts. on the other hands, if you want a DP for mainly DP purposes – get a DP, it works better for that.

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