Gunsmiths may not have the need (or the capital) for expensive machining equipment. Here are examples of small and affordable machines for your shop.
by Jerry Spadorcio
Want an inexpensive lathe or mill? Ones that don’t need elaborate or permanent installation or require sacrificing half your meager workshop space? Something that will work for occasional small jobs that won’t break the bank? I own a gunsmithing shop and have been doing gunsmithing for about 12 years. While I do use a large lathe and mill for bigger work, I find that mini machines are more than adequate for many gunsmithing tasks. When being used they run very smooth, just like a large lathe or mill. They are machine operated with a belt drive to the head stock. Their motors run smooth and are powerful.
Read more in the October 2016 issue.