probablynot Posted January 16, 2014 Share #1 Posted January 16, 2014 I ordered the Proxxon MF70 Micro Milling Machine from TBS Aachen, Germany, at 6pm on Friday 10th January 2014. TBS despatched it late on Monday morning, and it arrived here today, just 48 hours later.It was despatched by TBS using DHL. When it got into the UK system it was Parcelforce who took it over, and delivered it to me.[Picture 1:] The outer box measured 29mm x 29mm x 56mm. Nice thick, protective cardboard, and lots of those bits of expanded polystyrene that protect well, weigh nothing, and fly everywhere when you open the box. [Picture 2:] The product box. No sign of damage in transit. I'll keep it, just in case I get fed up with building model ships and decide to sell it on Ebay! [Apologies for the poor lighting for pics 3 and 4. I live in Wales. It rains here, and it gets misty and dark. Especially when I need to take nice, explanatory pictures.] [Picture 3:] First opening. I took everything out and displayed it here. No attempt (yet) to assemble it all, although it was uppermost in my mind to make sure everything was there.It wasn't. One of the little collets had apparently slipped out of the rack (displayed in the RH side of the pic) and was missing. So straightaway I emailed TBS for a replacement! [Picture 4:] The assembled MF70, surrounded by the bits & pieces. This was when I discovered that the 'missing' collet had actually been taken out of the rack and fitted in the machine's spindle. So that meant a second, grovellingly apologetic, email to TBS! They were nice about it though ... The MF70 came fitted with an European 2-pin plug. However TBS provided (without charging extra) a UK plug that snapped onto the European one and converted it. So no problem!Extras I bought with the MF70 were: A set of 1mm, 2mm, 3mm cutters (Proxxon 27116) A precision steel vice (Proxxon 24260, PM40)The cutters were essential. The vice less so, but it seemed a good idea to get it. These extras arrived correctly and safely.I've assembled the machine, and I've worked out how everything goes together. But so far I haven't pinned down a piece of metal on it with intent to cause mayhem. That will come later.Questions invited! [PS. It grieves me to mention it, but buying this tool direct from Germany saved me about £80 over any deal I could have struck with Proxxon-selling, UK-based companies. When I bought my FD150 lathe just before Christmas I secured a similar saving by buying from TBS. WHY do UK-based companies have to sell their Proxxon products at such atrociously-unattractive, inflated prices? I would have loved to support UK retailers here, but sorry - they do need to be competitive!] cristikc, Captain Slog, tkay11 and 7 others 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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