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Old 02-06-2013, 5:22 AM
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You could get a mill and a lathe being green to metal work. You just need some hands on instruction more for safety then anything else.
Then you could get by with little tid bits of help for setups.

I disagree with the tooling comment.
I don't recommend sets of endmills but I do recommend multiples of same size so you have a spare when they go dull and they will if you are using your machine.
so like three or four each of 1/8, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and maybe two 1/2 to get started in two flute and four.
Basic set of collets like an 8 piece set is fine.

But a word of warning Tooling will be you single largest expense getting a machine up an running. I was fortunate enough to have been allowed to take all my tooling home with me when I retired out of the tool making industry.
If someone brook into my garage and stole one roll away box i'd have to dump $15K to replace the endmills, drills, and reamers alone.
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