jackofalltrades Posted June 13, 2015 Share Posted June 13, 2015 The Grizzly G0704 milling machine which can be seen at www.grizzly.com/Drill-Mill-with-stand/G0704 found its way to my shop a few weeks ago. My shop is in the basement so I wanted a mill that could be moved into the basement without hiring a professional rigger. So far I have found this to be well suited to the miniaturist and model maker. It is worth considering if you are in the market for a smallish mill in the sub $2000 price range. I have no connection with the seller or manufacturer. At $1200 + shipping I think it is a good value. The mill was delivered into my garage in a wood crate with the stand in a cardboard box on top of the crate. After removing the crate, I removed the table from the mill and detached the four bolts holding the mill to the pallet. Using a hand cart, I moved the mill to the basement in three pieces. Not fun but doable. A "come along" was used to hoist the mill from the floor to the stand and the table was lifted to the mill manually. Four bolts hold the mill to the stand. Oil and grease was removed from the mill using paper towels. The mill functions well "as is" but I will be making some modifications. I have added iGaging digital readouts on all three axes in addition to the DRO on the quill. Like the mini-mill, this mill has a plastic gear drive which works OK but is noisy. I will be replacing the gears with an aftermarket belt drive I am waiting for. One needs to have a drill chuck on R8 arbor, a set of R8 collets, mill vise (Kurt type recommended), and clamping kit to make use of this mill. Pros- Very nice fit and finish on the machine Dovetail ways and taper gibs are nicely done large table for this type of machine (1/2" T-slots - not 7/16" as noted in instructions) Industry standard R8 collet Quill has DRO and positive lock Stand has storage Nice motor speed controller Cons- Graduations on dials are in .002" increments (something to get used to but works) Add DROs !!! Typical China gear drive Lack of adjustable quill stop Typical lack of one shot lubrication or positive lubrication points. Stand is about 6" too short Absolutely useless drill chuck on R8 shank included (drill chuck won't hold small drills) TIP - When I was searching for Vectra way oil (now about $37.00/gallon) for this mill I found a suitable substitute available at Walmart in small quantities cheap. Chain saw "bar oil" has very similar properties to way oil. I bought a quart from Walmart for less than $5 and it works well on both my lathe and mill ways. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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