We know what you’re wondering: there’s no way a mini mill CNC conversion may be carried out for less than a few dollars per day. Well, our thoughts were no different. Let’s dive deeper into it.
Usually, we’re more than willing to invest money on a piece of good equipment. However, a CNC mill investment seemed quite outrageous, even for the low-end equipment. While a mini mill CNC conversion seemed a bit more affordable, we had a hard time justifying the cost. We talked about getting a CNC mill with anyone who showed even the slightest of interest and eventually decided to get one. So, we’re finally building a CNC mill, or should we say, converting a Harbor Freight Mini Mill to CNC.
If you think that CNC mill is expensive, we’re in the same boat. Let’s see how a Harbor Freight CNC Mini Mill Conversion Kit can help.
Harbor Freight CNC Mini Mill Conversion: Why it’s worthy?
You may question, “Why are we wasting our time and money building a toy CNC Mill?” Well, because we want to learn about the CNC process. We didn’t want to waste $15,000 for a Tormach, just to realize that we weren’t really into CNC machining.
The financial experts advise us not to purchase things. They say, “Spend your money on experiences, like overseas trips.” Well and good, but a simple cost-benefit analysis indicates that we’ll get much more experience building our own CNC mill than investing in a few classes just to learn the basics.
We’re people who love to experiment with things and thrive by learning on our own. Whether that is coded in our DNA or a product of our primary education, doing it on our own is how we learn best.
What worked so well for us in the primary education was the ability to ask questions and proceed at our own pace.
Inevitable, when you practice self-learning, you’ll make mistakes. We’re more comfortable crashing a tool on a $600 mini mill as compared to a $15,000 Tormach. Also, lower power is less intimidating.
Lastly, we’re not planning to initiate a CNC machining business. We’re no going to lose sleep over an operation that doesn’t take more than two minutes on a VMC but takes 15 minutes on our mini mill. We’re the type of individuals who could sit and watch a VMC make chips for lengthy durations. However, the owner of a machine shop that makes use of VMCs doesn’t want to watch the machine make chips; they want to see the machine finishing parts. To them, VMC is nothing but a money-making machine. To us, the CNC mini mill is a tool to build our widgets and offer some decent dinner party conversations.
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