Grizzly, the self-styled “purveyors of fine machinery” have brought together two separate machines – their popular lathe, and their milling machine – to provide a multifunctional piece of woodwork/metalwork kit that creates the ultimate material customisation tool for personal or professional use.
Grizzly Industrial is an American company that is well known for their 35 years of experience within the mechanical tool industry. Whilst a lot of their products come from different niches, there are a lot of good things said about their lathe units, and this product we’re reviewing here brings together two great material customisation tools into one unit, at one great price.
The interesting thing will be to check out exactly how this tool works and if it brings the advantages it looks like it could. Other than saving space and money, can you get good quality work from both the mill and the lathe? If this works well and both products are compatible on one unit, it would be a serious asset to anyone’s home tool kit.
One thing I am warey of, however, is that it could very well be much more beneficial to you to just buy a lathe outright if you see no value added with getting a mill, which would be entirely sensible. Take a look below at what I found when checking out the G4015Z.
|ITEM WEIGHT||475 pounds|
|PRODUCT DIMENSIONS||23 x 41 x 39 inches|
|ITEM MODEL NUMBER||G4015Z|
What Is Great?
- You’re getting two pieces of machinery in one. Although the price reflects this, you also need to think about the hassle that you’re avoiding buying an all-in-one tool. You’re saving space, time and across the face of it, probably money too. Although the machine is larger than most lathes, it still reflects a sizeable reduction in space compared to having two machines.
- It’s not only a machine for wood, but also works for a multitude of other materials including steel, brass, copper and even plastic. The versatility of the tool means that you’re getting more than just a one dimensional purchase, giving you even more bang for your buck.
- Whilst doing my research on the brand Grizzly, it became fiercely clear that there’s a huge level of brand loyalty from customers, a type of loyalty that only develops because of great quality products over a long stretch of time.
- The sheer weight of the product means that there won’t be too much vibration ruining your good time! The fact that the product is so heavy means it will ground it against any force or friction from the moving parts, meaning your user experience will not be ruined.
What’s Not So Great?
- Fans of the Grizzly brand are really happy with the product, but they do state that sometimes they find it more beneficial to actually buy two separate machines than purchase a combo two-in-one tool. If you’re looking for merely a lathe alone, and are willing to spend this money, I would advise you spending as much as you can on the lathe alone. This will get you a top of the range piece of kit that will suit your needs for years to come.
- It seems like general consensus shows that parts and pieces to this machine break fairly regularly, meaning people need to replace and replenish a lot more often than you should need to. Many customers state that although they’re happy with the product, and haven’t outright replaced it, they have needed to source parts separately from buying that machine too.
- The mill is seriously below par. Whilst the lathe is a great piece of kit, the mill leaves a lot to be desired. This goes to back up the fact that if you don’t need the mill, I encourage you to buy a stand-alone lathe.
Grizzly G4015Z Combo Lathe/Mill
There is so much good about this product: the fact that it’s a combination tool, the fact that it is, for the price and what it includes, great value. Some of the drawbacks however really can’t be ignored. It’s concerning that customers find that they need to buy replacement parts every few years, and coming from such a reputable company you would imagine that you should really be able to avoid this type of problem.
This lathe/mill combo would be good for someone looking to save some real space with one unit as opposed to two. If you’re looking to save a few bucks too and wanting to combine the purchase, then this is a good idea. But then again, you could spend the same amount of money and get a great lathe as a stand-alone - or a mill as stand-alone - and be left with a product that will last a decent lifespan.
A decent bonus to this product is that you can use it on a multitude of materials. This really opens your scope for both using and also learning how to work across other platforms.
My overall feeling for this product is that it would be more beneficial to you to buy a really top quality, single-unit lathe. The money spent here - which seems good for a combo - could be put to good use on a fantastic quality lathe.