Grizzly G0704 - Drill/Mill with Stand
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- Dovetail column
- Safety shut off switch
- Spindle speed DRO
- Fine feed head control
- 2-Speed gearbox
- Clear guard on spindle
- Rubber chip guards on ways
- Zero setting dials
- Dials read inches
- Forward/Reverse switch
- Floor-to-table height: 37-1/2"
- Stand footprint: 15-3/4" x 16-1/2"
- Motor: 1 HP, 110V, 12A, single-phase
- Spindle taper: R-8
- Spindle travel: 2"
- T-slots: 3 @ 2-1/2" centers, 7/16" wide
- Head travel: 11"
- Head tilt: 90° L/R
- Max. distance spindle to table: 13"
- Swing: 15"
- Table travel (longitudinal): 18-7/8"
- Table travel (cross): 6-7/8"
- Table size: 7-1/16" x 26-5/8"
- Spindle Speed: 50–2250 RPM
- Approximate shipping weight: 363 lbs.
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12 Customer Reviews (4.9 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I've owned one of these for nearly 5 years now. It has done everything I have needed it to do. All it needed was to be wiped clean and plugged in. It works steels, brass/bronze, aluminum, cast iron, plastics, and woods without complaint.
It's a great model engineers mill. I've built a number of running steam engines with it and even done gunsmithing and light industrial repair work with it. In my opinion, it's the best hobbyist mill Grizzly offers.
Fast shipping and well packed. Minor issues were identified on delivery which were handled promptly and professionally by Grizzly customer/tech support. Very pleased with the mill. Good value for the price.
I've had this mill for about 6 months, works well. No issues so far. I love that it comes with a no thrills digital scale on z axis. Would buy it again in a heart beat.
I've had this for about almost 5 years. It has served me well. I burned out the drive motor cutting aluminum with a 3/4 end mill at only 1/4" depth. I suppose it was just time. The replacement motor is larger and barely fits in the upper cover but it's better quality. I bought 2 just in case. It is OK for light milling on aluminum but wouldn't recommend it for steels of any depth. Most of what I do is aluminum.
It doesn't tram at 100% in all directions so precision is an issue. But I don't make parts for NASA so I'm OK with that.
The 704 is legendary with hobby machinists and it deserves every bit of that reputation. I had read a lot of good things online about this mill and when I finally took the plunge and ordered one I was not disappointed. This is a very fine machine, perfect for a garage shop. Try to see one in person if you can before making a decision - it's larger that you might imagine, the pictures on the website don't give a sense of scale.
Hint for people on a budget with no lifting equipment like me - I was able to get it up on the stand by myself by tipping it onto it's back, then attaching the base, then tipping machine and base back up. It's possible to get it up onto stand with just one person this way.
Thanks for a great product Grizzly. Also was very pleased with the FedEx freight (with extra lift gate service) - they gave a phone call 20 minutes out so I could meet them at home, and used the pallet jack to move the pallets where I needed. Delivery was very fast, 3 days.
My husband is very happy with this and will recommend it to everyone. He uses it every night to work on his projects.
Nice machine - good value; I would recommend getting extra 10 amp fuses for the controller and the tool that locks the quill when changing the collet is powdered metal and broke on the first use - I use the the opposite end of a transfer punch.
I am learning a lot together with is machine. So glad I bought it. No regrets.
After much research, I bought this mill in late 2016 to add to the G0602 lathe I had bought in 2015. Like the lathe, I found this machine to be of excellent value, and it can do everything I expect it to do. For ease of precision work, I would recommend installing digital readouts, or buying the machine(s) with digitals already installed.
I bought this mill nearly a year ago. I was pleasantly surprised with how big and beefy it was in person. I purchased the power feed attachment at the same time and that was a very easy install. It has been a great accessory to have for longitudinal feed. I've cut aluminum, 12L14 Steel, and hardened tool stool on this mill. I don't agree with the previous reviewer who said it would only cut aluminum. I haven't found that to be the case. The issue is you can't take those huge hog-leg 250 thou cuts on this machine like it was a Bridgeport! It will cut anything you want, you just have to take lighter passes on harder metals. I routinely take .150" cuts into 6061 alum with no problem on this. Also, in the specs it says the mill capacity is 3/4" end mill. However, I have a 1" end mill that I've used and again, no issues. It's really about how careful and caring you are about your machine and your tools. I am overall very happy with this mill.
However, there is one problem that caused me at least a months worth of headache, and because of this, I took off one star. If I had known about this issue or been more perceptive, I might have either gone with a different model, or one that already had a DRO installed on it. So, the issue is with installing a DRO onto this mill yourself. Installing a scale and read head for the longitudinal feed is stupid easy. Plenty of space and no real extra fabricating needs to be done to attach that portion of the DRO to the back side of the table.
Where the issue lies is with the Y axis (front to back). Because the base of the mill is not flat, it is a NIGHTMARE....nightmare I tell you, to attach the scale and read head for this axis. Let me save everyone some time and calculating. The angle on the side of the base is approximately 34 degrees (you won't find this on the website or anywhere in the manual, and this approximation is good enough for proper installation. You don't need it down to minutes; take my word for it.). So, you can't just put the scale directly onto the side of the base and get to going. I had to take some aluminum square stock and layout a 34 degree angle on one side of the alum stock, mill it, and then attach three 34 degree "stand off" pieces that I then drilled and tapped, attaching it to the side of the base. This allowed the scale to be attached and dialed in perfectly square/parallel.
The next horror is trying to find a spot to attach the read head. The issue is that the only space (that I found acceptable, personally) where you could begin to think about attaching some type of bracket for the read head is directly under the table, above the base, on a 7" long strip. This little bitty strip is just that....tiny. While it is 7" long, it is only 3/8" thick. So, I went out and found some 3/8" wide x 1/2" thick x 24" pieces of aluminum. I essentially had to create a "box" and the "arms" extending away from the table had to be long enough that when I finally attached the bracket that the read head would be attached to, that it had a correct amount of spacing to not rub the scale as the read head moved with the movement of the table. I also added a middle bracing piece that was also drilled and tapped into the one piece attached to that little 7" strip under the table. Because I had to create those 34 degree standoffs, the read head had to actually be on the outside or away from the mill and away from the scale, in order to move freely and work properly (I attached it to the left side of the table, so think of it this way - read head all the way to the left, then the scale, then the standoffs, and then the side of the mill).
It is rigid and has worked, but I was pretty frustrated and annoyed with how involved it became just to attach the Y axis, all because the base was angled. MORAL OF THE STORY: Get the G0704 that has the DRO already on it. It's a different number than the 0704, but it's the exact same machine, just with the DRO already installed. Or don't, and have fun engineering something for the Y axis.
There are others ways it could've been attached, but for me, this is the first way to do it that popped into my head and it's what I went with. And before you waste your time (I did. Probably 4 or 5 hours over a two week period), there is absolutely nothing on YouTube or a forum or on the interwebs where someone installs a DRO on the G0704 and tackles the angled base to give you some idea. There are a few DRO video installs on YouTube for the G0704, but they are all the iGaging type DRO system. And that's completely different than a "real" DRO package (not putting down the iGaging type DRO system at all, but for a lack of better description, "real" is what I'm going with).
Anyway, great machine, and I hope that I could help at least one person who is installing a DRO after purchase, making their install easier than mine was! Happy machining!
I spent about 25 years working in a machine shop and was concerned about these small mills. After reading countless reviews I decided on this one and have no regrets. It's done everything I've attempted. It's not going to remove material like a Bridgeport but does a nice job for a basement shop. I installed DRO's within a few days and just ordered the power feed