Unless you spend all your time in your workshop (not a bad idea), you know that the US government has raised tariffs on some products from China. And you probably know that many of the products we sell are made in China. So how does this tariff news affect you, our customers, and us at LittleMachineShop.com?
In the near term, not much. The 25% additional tariff on machinery went into effect in July 2018, so our machinery prices already include the tariff cost. (Until recently, we had hoped that a trade deal with China would remove that additional tariff, but it now looks like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.) Many other products we carry – mostly tooling – are in the group of products for which the additional tariff was raised from 10% (which has been in place since September 2018) to 25% on May 10, 2019. This is where you’ll see price increases in the coming months, although (as we did with last year’s tariff increases) we and our suppliers will absorb as much of the increase as we can in order to keep our prices down. (Don’t let anyone tell you that China is paying the tariffs. Importers like us pay the tariff to the US Treasury when the goods arrive. And ultimately, the customer pays through higher prices.) More information
HiTorque Machines In Stock
We have these HiTorque machines in stock and ready for shipment.
The 5200 HiTorque 7x16 Deluxe Mini Lathe incorporates all the goodness of our 5100 mini lathe, plus it includes an all-steel wedge-style quick change tool post set with five tool holders. In addition, the 5200 features digital readouts on the cross slide and compound rest, and it has metal handwheels instead of plastic.
The 3540 HiTorque 8.5x20 Bench Lathe features a power cross feed--a unique feature in lathes of this size. The 1000W brushless spindle drive motor provides tremendous low-end torque and continuously variable speed from 100-2000 RPM in both directions.
The Model 3990 HiTorque Mini Mill features an R8 spindle for wide tooling compatibility and a solid column for increased rigidity and reduced chatter. This mini mill has a larger X-Y table and more power (500W brushless DC drive) than its competitors.
The 4190 HiTorque Deluxe Mini Mill expands on the 3990 with a 3-axis digital readout (DRO) with Bluetooth and 7" tablet display, an electrically interlocked spindle lock for easy and safe tool changes, and machined aluminum handwheels and painted drill handles.
The 5500 HiTorque Bench Mill is a step up in size, rigidity, and power compared to a mini mill. It provides a larger table (23.4" x 5.5"), more travel, and more horsepower (750W). The HiTorque Bench Mill incorporates a true quill and drill press-style handles for easy drilling. A button on the end of each handle reverses the spindle to make tapping easy. The control panel includes a digital spindle speed display.
Each of these machines is the best in its class, with unique features not available elsewhere. There is finally a Mini Lathe and Mini Mill worthy of the LittleMachineShop.com brand.
Machines Currently Not in Stock
The machine you're looking for isn't shown above? Here is a list of the machines that we don't have in stock at the moment, along with their expected in-stock dates:
- 3595 HiTorque Deluxe Bench Lathe, July 1
- 4700 HiTorque Micro Mill, July 1
- 5100 HiTorque Mini Lathe, July 1
- 5550 HiTorque Deluxe Bench Mill, mid-July
Tormach Personal CNC Milling Machines
Tormach’s PCNC mills represent a new approach to small and bench top CNC milling machines. Designed for real work, the machines have the strength, power, and accuracy needed to cut serious materials. We carry a full line of Tormach products, including the PCNC 440 (pictured here), as well as the larger PCNC 770 and PCNC 1100 Series 3 milling machines. We have a PCNC 440 in our showroom for demonstrations. Give us a call and make an appointment to see it in action.