Cnc milling equipment

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I’m going to give you a quick rundown on what equipment you will need to get started with a benchtop cnc milling machine in your workshop.

What equipment will you need to operate benchtop cnc mill?

There is going to be a bare minimum of equipment that you will need to run your cnc machine. Some of these are going to be dependant on what type of machine you have or want…

A workshop or room

The first most essential part will be a room or workshop.

You don’t want to put your machine in your bedroom.

I use a room in the basement, this is ideal for keeping the noise away from the rest of the house.

Small machines are not very loud, but it could get old quickly for anyone else in the house if they can hear it running.

A bench

Once you have your room, a sturdy bench will be necessary for all but the smallest cnc engraving machine.

A desktop cnc mill like a taig will need bolting to the bench to keep it from moving about.

This is certainly a safety issue, so make sure your machine is secured properly.

cnc mill on a sturdy bench

Windows PC

You will need a computer to run your machine. It can be done with a laptop, but ideally you will want a desktop computer.

You will not need an expensive PC, most people have an old desktop they are not using. You can pick up a cheap second hand machine from local classified ads if you don’t have one.

Don’t bother trying with an apple computer. I’m sure it can be done, but just don’t..

Cnc control software

Once you have your PC you will need software on it to control your machine. Popular choices are Mach3 or universal gcode sender. 

I wrote a post about connecting a cnc machine to a computer, you can read it through this link.

mach3 interface

G-Code Visualizer

Writing your own G-Code programs can be tricky, being able to check them visually before running them on your machine is recommended.

You can do this using G-Code visualizer software. Although not essential, there are free ones available, so they are worth mentioning.

Check out my ‘G Code simulator‘ article.

An endmill or engraving tool

This one is pretty obvious. If your machine didn’t come with an endmill you will have to get one.

The cheapest one you can find will do if you are a noob and need to practice. 

I would suggest getting the largest size dia that your machine will take. The bigger the diameter, the less likely they are to break if you abuse it.

You can get a set of endmills from Amazon like these, they certainly won’t break the bank.

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Something to test your programs on

One trick I do occasionally is to do a test run on a piece of throw away material, such as wood or insulation foam.

It will help me prove out a program and see if it might cause any problems when it gets run in aluminum or steel.

Insulation foam only needs some double sided tape to keep it in place while you practice.

If you do mill wood or foam, use a shop vac to suck up the dust while it runs, don’t breathe it in…

Safety glasses

Speaking of safety, getting some glasses and wearing them will stop you from losing your eyesight. They are super cheap.

I have had metal in my eye more than a few times, it’s not fun. Don’t try it.

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Recommended equipment needed for your cnc machine

After you have the basics and have got your machine running, there is a ton of other equipment you could invest in. A lot of choices will depend on the type of machine you have and what you want to make with it.

I will list what I think is recommended based mainly on machining metal projects. There will be some equipment that will be usable for any type of machine and some that will be specific for metalwork. 

Fixturing, vise, clamps etc

This is a big one. Not having anything to hold your projects will stop you before you even get started. 

A vise suited to the size of your machine is essential. I have two, this helps if your part is quite long, both ends of the part can be clamped in each vise.

The other fixturing essential are clamps, threaded studs and t-slot nuts. These are the standard for clamping larger parts to the table.

They can be used to clamp custom made fixture plates to the table for holding many smaller parts.

Mini Low Profile Bench Vise Workholding Clamp Work Table for...*
  • Use as a holding clamp and work table for CNC engraving machine. The clamp is compatible with FoxAlien 3018-SE, Masuter and 4040-XE engraving machine.
  • The clamp can hold the engraving object by the edges without taking up any engraving area.
  • It holds the object tightly and easy to adjust with screws.
  • Product size: 20x8x4 cm/ 7.87”x3.15”x1.57”; Max. holding length: 13cm/ 5”
  • The vise is made of high-quality aluminum, which is durable and strong enough to stay steady while machine is running.
cnc machine clamps

MPG Pendant 

I consider an MPG Pendant is an essential accessory. The machines I use at work always have an MPG, (manual pulse generator).

As soon as you use one you will wonder how you managed before.

They make manually jogging your machine to set your datums a breeze. You will have more control over your machine making it less likely to crash when setting up your machine.

The tactile feel you have when using it beats pressing soft keys with your mouse any day.

A newer version of the Vista cnc pendant that I own and recommend is available on Amazon.

P2-S CNC MPG Pendant for Mach3, Mach4, LinuxCNC,PathPilot,...*
  • Plug n’ Play USB connection.
  • LCD display with back light.
  • 100 steps high precision MPG with anodized aluminum cap.
  • Easy access E-Stop.
  • Program Start/Pause/Stop, Spindle Start control.

You can check out my full review of the Vistacnc pendant shown below.

MPG pendant

Endmills and drills

A larger selection of endmills of various sizes will be needed if you want to machine more complex parts.

Ball endmills are essential if you want to do surface machining of 3D forms and angles.

A drill index in both imperial and metric will be almost a necessity so you never get stuck trying to make a part.

COMOWARE 29-Piece Drill Bit Set, High-Speed Steel Black and...*
  • Versatile general-purpose drill bit set,High-speed steel (HSS) and gold oxide finish resists corrosion and increases the hardness of the drill bit.
  • Assortment of 29 jobber length drill bits (1/16" to 1/2" in 1/64" increments).
  • Shanks fit standard three-jaw drills,and use in drilling wood,plastic and Light-gauge metal.
  • Three unique shank styles keep bits securely seated to save you time and frustration. 1/16"-11/64" is round shank, 3/16"-3/8" is three flatted shank, 25/64"-1/2" is 3/8" reduced shank and three flatted shank.
  • ORGANIZED HOLDER- Set includes the drill bit holder with size index for easy storage and organizing.

Holes can be machined on a mill but drilling is quicker and can go a lot deeper than using an endmill. A center drill will also be needed if you are using drill bits.

a selection of cnc cutters

Air compressor

A source of compressed air is extremely useful, keeping your parts clear of chips will help prevent cutters from breaking.

A big compressor is not necessary, a small d.i.y. unit is all you will need.

Campbell Hausfeld 3 Gallon Portable Air Compressor with...*
  • Versatile – the air compressor is ideal for quick and easy inflation of car tires, bikes tires, sports balls, air mattresses; also great for cleaning your workbench area and lawn equipment
  • User friendly design – easy to read gauges make for accurate pressure control while the oil free pump makes for maintenance free operation
  • Portable – weighing 22 pounds, The unit is easy to carry around from job to job
  • Accessory Kit Included - 25 ft. Recoil air hose, blow gun, (2) inflation needles, OSHA safety blow gun tip, (2) 1/4 in. Industrial plug (m), 1/4 in. Industrial coupler, PTFE thread sealant tape, aluminum tapered nozzle, & tire chuck
  • 0.7 SCFM @ 40 PSI and 0.4 SCFM @ 90 PSI. 125 maximum PSI

The big issue with these budget compressors is the noise they produce. It can be really bad in a small room and definitely a no go in a house.

I avoid this problem by using an old fridge compressor retrofitted to the tank of a “donor” compressor.

It buzzes like a fridge.

A small air compressor

Edge finder

To accurately find the edge of a part to set your datum you will need some type of edge finder or wobbler.

There are various types available from the classic wobbler to an electronic edge finder that lights up when it touches the edge.

Here is an article dedicated to edge finders, it explains how they are used and which type is recommended for use on a hobby machine.

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Mitutoyo 050103, Edge/Center Finder, 3/8" Diameter Shank,...*
Brown & Sharpe 599-792-2 Edge Finder Single, 3/8" Shank x...*
Starrett S828HZ Wiggler and Center Finder Complete with Case...*
Fowler 54-575-600-0 Electronic Edge Finder with Cylindrical...*
Haimer 80.360.00NG New Generation 3D-Sensor*
Description
Mitutoyo 050103, Edge/Center Finder, 3/8" Diameter Shank,...*
Brown & Sharpe 599-792-2 Edge Finder Single, 3/8" Shank x...*
Starrett S828HZ Wiggler and Center Finder Complete with Case...*
Fowler 54-575-600-0 Electronic Edge Finder with Cylindrical...*
Haimer 80.360.00NG New Generation 3D-Sensor*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Imperial
Imperial
Imperial
Metric
Shank Diameter
.375"
.375"
.375
1/2"
12mm
Contact Head Dia
.200"
.200"
.100" & .250"
.200"
4mm
Preview
Mitutoyo 050103, Edge/Center Finder, 3/8" Diameter Shank,...*
Description
Mitutoyo 050103, Edge/Center Finder, 3/8" Diameter Shank,...*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Shank Diameter
.375"
Contact Head Dia
.200"
Preview
Brown & Sharpe 599-792-2 Edge Finder Single, 3/8" Shank x...*
Description
Brown & Sharpe 599-792-2 Edge Finder Single, 3/8" Shank x...*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Shank Diameter
.375"
Contact Head Dia
.200"
Preview
Starrett S828HZ Wiggler and Center Finder Complete with Case...*
Description
Starrett S828HZ Wiggler and Center Finder Complete with Case...*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Shank Diameter
.375
Contact Head Dia
.100" & .250"
Preview
Fowler 54-575-600-0 Electronic Edge Finder with Cylindrical...*
Description
Fowler 54-575-600-0 Electronic Edge Finder with Cylindrical...*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Shank Diameter
1/2"
Contact Head Dia
.200"
Preview
Haimer 80.360.00NG New Generation 3D-Sensor*
Description
Haimer 80.360.00NG New Generation 3D-Sensor*
Storage Pouch
Metric/Imperial
Metric
Shank Diameter
12mm
Contact Head Dia
4mm

Measuring Equipment

If you want to make accurate components for your hobby that may even be part of an assembly you will need measuring tools.

This will include dial or digital calipers, micrometers, gauges of all types and even a steel rule will be essential.

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Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) Absolute...*
Mitutoyo 500-197-30CAL Absolute Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS)...*
Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool -...*
iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper 0-6" Display...*
Mitutoyo 505-742 Dial Caliper, D6"TX, 0.1" per Rev, 0-6"...*
Description
Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) Absolute...*
Mitutoyo 500-197-30CAL Absolute Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS)...*
Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool -...*
iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper 0-6" Display...*
Mitutoyo 505-742 Dial Caliper, D6"TX, 0.1" per Rev, 0-6"...*
Measuring Range
0"-6"
0"-8"
0"-6"
0"-6"
0"-6"
Units of Measurment
Metric and Imperial
Metric and Imperial
Metric and Imperial
Metric and Imperial
Imperial
Recommended?
Definitely
Definitely
No
Budget Buy
Yes
Preview
Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) Absolute...*
Description
Mitutoyo 500-196-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) Absolute...*
Measuring Range
0"-6"
Units of Measurment
Metric and Imperial
Recommended?
Definitely
Preview
Mitutoyo 500-197-30CAL Absolute Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS)...*
Description
Mitutoyo 500-197-30CAL Absolute Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS)...*
Measuring Range
0"-8"
Units of Measurment
Metric and Imperial
Recommended?
Definitely
Preview
Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool -...*
Description
Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool -...*
Measuring Range
0"-6"
Units of Measurment
Metric and Imperial
Recommended?
No
Preview
iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper 0-6" Display...*
Description
iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper 0-6" Display...*
Measuring Range
0"-6"
Units of Measurment
Metric and Imperial
Recommended?
Budget Buy
Preview
Mitutoyo 505-742 Dial Caliper, D6"TX, 0.1" per Rev, 0-6"...*
Description
Mitutoyo 505-742 Dial Caliper, D6"TX, 0.1" per Rev, 0-6"...*
Measuring Range
0"-6"
Units of Measurment
Imperial
Recommended?
Yes
Metric dial calipers

Here is an article dedicated to micrometers, explaining which ones are recommended for use in a home workshop.

Dial test indicator

These are important whatever type of machine you own.

I have one permanently attached to my manual micro lathe. I use it with an extra long tip for the Z axis. It’s basically a poor man’s readout. 

The main use is to check for flatness or angle. It can also be used to measure depths and distances.

I find that a smaller finger dial is more useful for a small desktop cnc.

They are more compact and can be mounted in the machine spindle. This enables it to be used for setting datums to the center of a part by “sweeping” against an edge or diameter.

dial test indicator
A machinists dial indicator

I have an article explaining the uses of different dial indicators and recommending the dials I use.

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KHCRAFT Professional Dial Test Indicator 0-0.03"x0.0005"...*
All Industrial Tool Supply TR72020 Dial Indicator (Magnetic...*
Clockwise Tools DIBR-0105 Electronic Digital Dial Indicator...*
Mitutoyo 513-402-10E DIAL TI, BAS, STD 0.03", 0.0002"...*
HFS(R) 0-2" Precision Travel DIAL Indicator .001 Lathe; 2"...*
Description
KHCRAFT Professional Dial Test Indicator 0-0.03"x0.0005"...*
All Industrial Tool Supply TR72020 Dial Indicator (Magnetic...*
Clockwise Tools DIBR-0105 Electronic Digital Dial Indicator...*
Mitutoyo 513-402-10E DIAL TI, BAS, STD 0.03", 0.0002"...*
HFS(R) 0-2" Precision Travel DIAL Indicator .001 Lathe; 2"...*
Travel Distance
Approx .050"
1"
1"
Approx .050"
2"
Magnetic base
Increments
.001"
.001"
.0005"
.0005"
.001"
Preview
KHCRAFT Professional Dial Test Indicator 0-0.03"x0.0005"...*
Description
KHCRAFT Professional Dial Test Indicator 0-0.03"x0.0005"...*
Travel Distance
Approx .050"
Magnetic base
Increments
.001"
Preview
All Industrial Tool Supply TR72020 Dial Indicator (Magnetic...*
Description
All Industrial Tool Supply TR72020 Dial Indicator (Magnetic...*
Travel Distance
1"
Magnetic base
Increments
.001"
Preview
Clockwise Tools DIBR-0105 Electronic Digital Dial Indicator...*
Description
Clockwise Tools DIBR-0105 Electronic Digital Dial Indicator...*
Travel Distance
1"
Magnetic base
Increments
.0005"
Preview
Mitutoyo 513-402-10E DIAL TI, BAS, STD 0.03", 0.0002"...*
Description
Mitutoyo 513-402-10E DIAL TI, BAS, STD 0.03", 0.0002"...*
Travel Distance
Approx .050"
Magnetic base
Increments
.0005"
Preview
HFS(R) 0-2" Precision Travel DIAL Indicator .001 Lathe; 2"...*
Description
HFS(R) 0-2" Precision Travel DIAL Indicator .001 Lathe; 2"...*
Travel Distance
2"
Magnetic base
Increments
.001"

1-2-3 Blocks

These are precision ground steel blocks. They measure 3” by 2” by 1”. 

They are very useful, you can check the price on Amazon here.

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BL-123 Pair of 1" x 2" x 3" Precision Steel 1-2-3 Blocks...*
HFS Ultra Precision 1-2-3" Blocks 2pcs/Pair, 0.0001"...*
Taytools 469744 1-2-3 Blocks No Holes Matched Pair (2 Each),...*
5 Matched Pairs Precision Steel 1-2-3 1"x2"x3" Blocks 23...*
Description
BL-123 Pair of 1" x 2" x 3" Precision Steel 1-2-3 Blocks...*
HFS Ultra Precision 1-2-3" Blocks 2pcs/Pair, 0.0001"...*
Taytools 469744 1-2-3 Blocks No Holes Matched Pair (2 Each),...*
5 Matched Pairs Precision Steel 1-2-3 1"x2"x3" Blocks 23...*
Quantity
2 pcs
2 pcs
2 pcs
10 pcs
Material
Steel
Steel
Steel
Steel
Notes
Typical Set
Includes Case
No Holes
Great Value for 10 pcs
Preview
BL-123 Pair of 1" x 2" x 3" Precision Steel 1-2-3 Blocks...*
Description
BL-123 Pair of 1" x 2" x 3" Precision Steel 1-2-3 Blocks...*
Quantity
2 pcs
Material
Steel
Notes
Typical Set
Preview
HFS Ultra Precision 1-2-3" Blocks 2pcs/Pair, 0.0001"...*
Description
HFS Ultra Precision 1-2-3" Blocks 2pcs/Pair, 0.0001"...*
Quantity
2 pcs
Material
Steel
Notes
Includes Case
Preview
Taytools 469744 1-2-3 Blocks No Holes Matched Pair (2 Each),...*
Description
Taytools 469744 1-2-3 Blocks No Holes Matched Pair (2 Each),...*
Quantity
2 pcs
Material
Steel
Notes
No Holes
Preview
5 Matched Pairs Precision Steel 1-2-3 1"x2"x3" Blocks 23...*
Description
5 Matched Pairs Precision Steel 1-2-3 1"x2"x3" Blocks 23...*
Quantity
10 pcs
Material
Steel
Notes
Great Value for 10 pcs

I couldn’t possibly list everything they can be used for but here are a few.

  • As a square
  • As a fixture block or a stop
  • Check the calibration of micrometers
  • Set the height offset of tools

I have written a full article on 1-2-3 blocks, click the link to read it.

1-2-3 blocks

ER collet sets

Having a spindle that takes ER collets makes your machine very versatile when it comes to tool choices for your machine. 

Having a full set of imperial and metric collets will ensure you are very rarely limited to the size of drills and cutters you can use.

I have found that using a drill chuck in your mill takes up way too much space. Having a good choice of ER collets eliminates this problem.

You can read my article on ER Collets if you need to know more.

These can be found on Amazon.

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KIPA 15Pcs ER11 Spring Collet Set 1/16"-3/4" For CNC Super...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 7 Pc Er-11 Collet Set, Range from...*
ER16 Collet Chuck Set,11 PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Chuck Set...*
ER-16 Collet Set 12PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Set 1/32-3/8 CNC...*
Description
KIPA 15Pcs ER11 Spring Collet Set 1/16"-3/4" For CNC Super...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 7 Pc Er-11 Collet Set, Range from...*
ER16 Collet Chuck Set,11 PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Chuck Set...*
ER-16 Collet Set 12PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Set 1/32-3/8 CNC...*
Size
ER 11
ER 11
ER 16
ER 16
Quantity
15 pcs
7 pcs
11 pcs
12 pcs
Metric/Imperial
Metric
Imperial
Metric
Imperial
Storage Case
Preview
KIPA 15Pcs ER11 Spring Collet Set 1/16"-3/4" For CNC Super...*
Description
KIPA 15Pcs ER11 Spring Collet Set 1/16"-3/4" For CNC Super...*
Size
ER 11
Quantity
15 pcs
Metric/Imperial
Metric
Storage Case
Preview
Accusize Industrial Tools 7 Pc Er-11 Collet Set, Range from...*
Description
Accusize Industrial Tools 7 Pc Er-11 Collet Set, Range from...*
Size
ER 11
Quantity
7 pcs
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Storage Case
Preview
ER16 Collet Chuck Set,11 PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Chuck Set...*
Description
ER16 Collet Chuck Set,11 PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Chuck Set...*
Size
ER 16
Quantity
11 pcs
Metric/Imperial
Metric
Storage Case
Preview
ER-16 Collet Set 12PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Set 1/32-3/8 CNC...*
Description
ER-16 Collet Set 12PCS ER-16 Spring Collet Set 1/32-3/8 CNC...*
Size
ER 16
Quantity
12 pcs
Metric/Imperial
Imperial
Storage Case
A set of ER16 collets

ER Collet racks are also available, or you can make your own with G Code available in the Cnc Philosophy store.

Parallel set

If you have a vise for your machine you will need some parallels.

These will lift your part above the vise jaws while keeping them level to the table. 

A small cnc machine vice will only need a couple of small pairs of parallels but they are only available in sets.

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Anytime Tools 10 pc Machinist Thin Parallel Block*
Accusize Industrial Tools 1/8'' Thickness 10 Pairs Precision...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 9 Pairs Wavy Parallel Set, 1/2''...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 6 Pair Adjustable Precision...*
Description
Anytime Tools 10 pc Machinist Thin Parallel Block*
Accusize Industrial Tools 1/8'' Thickness 10 Pairs Precision...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 9 Pairs Wavy Parallel Set, 1/2''...*
Accusize Industrial Tools 6 Pair Adjustable Precision...*
Quantity
10 pairs
10 pairs
9 pairs
6 pairs
Thickness
1/8"
1/8"
~
7mm
Size Range
1/2" - 1 5/8"
1/2" to 1 5/8"
1/2" - 1 1/2"
3/8" - 2 1/4"
Preview
Anytime Tools 10 pc Machinist Thin Parallel Block*
Description
Anytime Tools 10 pc Machinist Thin Parallel Block*
Quantity
10 pairs
Thickness
1/8"
Size Range
1/2" - 1 5/8"
Preview
Accusize Industrial Tools 1/8'' Thickness 10 Pairs Precision...*
Description
Accusize Industrial Tools 1/8'' Thickness 10 Pairs Precision...*
Quantity
10 pairs
Thickness
1/8"
Size Range
1/2" to 1 5/8"
Preview
Accusize Industrial Tools 9 Pairs Wavy Parallel Set, 1/2''...*
Description
Accusize Industrial Tools 9 Pairs Wavy Parallel Set, 1/2''...*
Quantity
9 pairs
Thickness
~
Size Range
1/2" - 1 1/2"
Preview
Accusize Industrial Tools 6 Pair Adjustable Precision...*
Description
Accusize Industrial Tools 6 Pair Adjustable Precision...*
Quantity
6 pairs
Thickness
7mm
Size Range
3/8" - 2 1/4"

I have written a full article about parallels, you can read it here. .

A small pair of parallels

Soft blow hammer

These hammers or mallets have heads on them made of plastic or leather.

They are designed to avoid leaving dents or marks on the face you are hitting.

They are most useful for making sure a part is sat down firmly on a pair of parallels in the vise.

TEKTON Double-Faced Soft Mallet | 30812*
  • Soft faces deliver a solid strike without damaging work surface
  • Lightweight tubular steel handle shifts the weight balance toward head for extra power in each blow
  • Extra soft, non-slip rubber handle grip for ultimate comfort and control
  • Chrome plated finish resists corrosion and easily wipes clean

Small shop vac

Once you have made a mess you need to clean it up.

Using a small shop vac has to be the easiest and most efficient way of doing this.

One of those purchases that will always get used.

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Stanley SL18910P-3 Wet/Dry, 3 Gallon, 3 Horsepower, Portable...*
  • ❤【LARGER CAPACITY Stanley SL18910P-3 Wet / Dry Vacuum has a larger capacity over 11 L, makes small clean-up jobs in car a breeze for you as you don’t have to empty the tank frequently any more
  • ❤【VERSATILE & POWERFUL Thanks to the 3 peak HP motor, this vac offers powerful enough suction needed to any cleanup jobs in car with its 3 in 1 crevice nozzle, all accessories features on-board storage for easy transport
  • ❤【2 in 1 Function With this versatile vac you can vacuum both wet liquid spills and dry debris, dust, saw, dirt or, just wrap the power cord on top handle after using, conveniently
  • ❤【FARTHER CLEANUP With over 10 ft. of cleaning reach(4 ft. hose, 6 ft. power cord) it’s easy to do a farther cleanup for you without unplugging the unit, while it has a sturdy top handle for convenient and easy carrying
  • ❤【WHAT YOU GET Stanley SL18910P-3 Wet / Dry Vac x 1, 1-1/4"x4’ hose x 1, 3 in 1 crevice nozzle x 1, gulper nozzle x 1, foam filter x 1, reusable dry filter x 1, 12-Month Limited

Selection of hand tools

A set of small hand files and a hole deburring tool are just a few of the hand tools you should consider owning. I just collect them as they are needed.

small selection of hand tools

Tap and die sets

I’ll let you into a big secret. The tap and die sets you can buy from the big box stores or Amazon are shit.

They can be useful, mainly for repairing or cleaning out rusty or damaged threads. So if that is something you need to do then these sets certainly have value.

The difference between tapping a hole with a cheap tap and a good quality tap is like night and day. 

I would recommend buying individual good quality taps from an industrial supplier such as mcmaster carr. If they are available, choose HSS taps, (high speed steel), then it should last you a few hundred holes.

Tap & die set

Micro lathe

I know this might seem extreme for an accessory for your mill, but as you start doing more projects you will discover that they are pretty much a necessity.

Shop Fox M1015 6-Inch by 10-Inch Micro Lathe*
  • 4 hex wrenches, 100-2000 RPM spindle speed:
  • MT #2 spindle taper, MT #1 tailstock taper
  • Double ended wrench, socket head wrench
  • Oil cup, stand Included
  • Chuck key, 3 external jaws

I own the Taig micro lathe and I probably use it more than my mill. It really comes in handy for quick fix it jobs.

I used it to make an arbor for a slitting saw, fixturing parts and prepping round stock for my A axis on my cnc mill.

Then, once you own a lathe, you will need accessories for it…. 🙂

Taig micro lathe
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