Landlubber Mike Posted March 30, 2018 Share #1 Posted March 30, 2018 I currently own the base Sherline mill (5000) and the 8" lathe with the upgraded hand wheels (4530). I bought both used on eBay, and have slowly accumulated a bunch of the accessories that would likely be needed for ship modeling. I saw that Sherline is offering the digital readout accessories (DRO) on sale this month, so was going to buy one for each (they would share the readout box). But, I realized that my mill is in inches while the lathe is in metric. I was hoping it wouldn't matter w'ith the DRO, but the screws, etc. are all calibrated so I'd still have to work in inches on the mill and in metric on the lathe. Since I pretty much only like to work in metric these days, I'm thinking of selling the mill and buying a new one that is metric. I'm thinking of going with the 5410, which has a slightly wider Y axis (5" versus 3") and a few other upgrades. In trying to work all this out, I was considering other alternatives: 1. Upgrade to 8-directional (2000) mill? The next model up that has 8 directional milling (the 2000 I believe) is nice, but probably overkill I think for what I would use it for. Anyone think the 2000 is worth it? I have the tilting and rotating tables, so to the extent I needed to mill at angles, I could change the angle of the working piece, rather than the mill. I'm sure there are various scenarios where one is better than the other, but I don't have enough experience to know for sure. 2. Instead, buy a new lathe with the vertical milling column? Is anyone using the vertical milling column setup? I understand that the "milling base" would be a little smaller than the base of the standalone mills, but is that a problem for modeling ships? Putting aside the hassle of having to sell both my mill and lathe, having one unit versus two would save some space in my workshop. It seems like Sherline has done a nice job of making it fairly easy to switch from milling to lathe work without much issue. I just don't know how much functionality one loses by combining the two machines. 3. Upgrade to 17" lathe? Another thing I could think about doing is upgrading to a longer bed lathe. I think I posted this before, but if I recall correctly, folks (including DVM) suggested the 8" was more than sufficient, and if I needed to mill longer pieces, planing those pieces would work better than having to try and support the longer thin piece on the lathe. Not to mention, the 17" lathe is almost a foot longer than the 8". Thanks in advance for any thoughts. If anyone is looking for a Sherline 5000 mill, feel free to PM me. I'd prefer to sell it to someone here than to have to list it on eBay. mtaylor 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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