Grizzly G4015Z - Combo Lathe/Mill
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2 Customer Reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I owned mine for 4 years and never had an issue with it. It is powerful and accurate with many features. I did upgrade to a 3" milling vise and that was it. My only wish for it was I would have liked a steady rest to come with it. The reason I ended up selling it was my projects got larger and the spindle and chuck diameter are 7/8" and I needed one with a larger opening. Other than that, it never missed a beat and was a handy, versatile machine.
I said I would recommend the machine but only with certain reservations. If you need a lathe and a mill, you need two separate machines. If you are limited in funds or limited in space, this machine is a good compromise.
I found that the locking collar for the milling head does not hold the head in place sufficiently. The lathe works better than the mill, but neither is optimal. Set up time is excessive since it frequently happens that a project requires both the lathe and the mill.
The machine suffers from the same syndrome and the "Shopsmith" When you try to make one machine to two different things, you wind up doing neither thing well. Check Craigslist listings for Shopsmith. People are giving them away.
I think a good alternative is the 10 x 22 lathe and a separate bench mill. No reason to go anywhere but "Grizzly" for those machines.