Like all Lathe/Mill combos, it fills the job of 2 machines in 1 and will be very suitable for small shops and definitely kinder on the credit card than buying both a lathe and a separate milling machine.
Although, if you can afford the outlay, having lathe and mill as separate pieces of machinery will save time as you won’t have to switch adjustments swinging from lathe over to mill.
If it’s not often, then go for a combo mini Lathe/Mill.
The Grizzly Lathe GO516 Technical Details:
- Distance between centers: 21″
- Lathe motor size (Single-phase, 110V): 3/4 HP
- Lathe spindle bore: 3/4″
- Mill/drill motor size (Single-phase, 110V): 1/2 HP
- Swing: 9-3/4″ (lathe), 12 3/4″ (mill/drill)
- 6 speeds
There is a full review by an expert over at Amazon, and though this lathe/mill stacks up well, for a few extra dollars you may find the Shop Fox M1018 a little sturdier and more straight forward to use.
Still, the Grizzly GO516 will handle most projects that a smaller shop will attempt plus save money and space.