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    Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    Hi, I am up to buying a small CNC mill. I will be using the machine mainly for prototyping and maybe small production in the near future. I've been looking into these two machines:

    Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020:

    box way - linear rails
    cast iron frame - mineral casting (epoxy granite)
    Spindle: 2 HP BT30 10.000rpm - 4/7,5 HP BT30 10/12.000 rpm
    Controller: PathPilot - Siemens 808D/A
    servo motors - servo motors
    Travels 457/279/413 - 400/300/380

    Both have rigid tapping and ATC. I come from Bulgaria so the shipping and toll costs will be comparable. Pricewise they are both around 26-28.000 USD, which is the maximum I can afford at the moment. Size is not a problem.
    I really like the fact that there is so much information about Tormach. Their community is massive and it seems like most of their customers are more than happy with their machines. SIYL on the other hand is relatively unknown company, I could barely find any reviews about their machines. They are a chinese company but seem to import many of their parts from Europe (Schneeberger mineral casted frame, THK linear bearings, Siemens spindle and controller..). And of course the mineral casting frame which you mainly find on a lot more expensive machines. Combined with linear rails the machine is supposed to be very accurate. On paper they have a lot more value for money but unfortunately there are not many people who can confirm it.

    I would be grateful if you can advise me which one should I choose.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    The Syil is a better machine for the money. It'll run circles around the Tormach. I own one so I may be a little biased however. I own a 2018 cast iron base model. The new mineral based model is an even better machine. You should contact them for pricing as I believe it is going to come in a little higher in the price range than the Tormach based on just adding the Siemens control.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    You’re not going to touch a Syil for 28k especially with the Siemens controller. Here’s a copy of the quote I got from them a couple of weeks ago. It’s the X7 economy package so no fancy Siemens controller.




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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    Man, I am glad I found the deal on mine when I did. I'm only into it for $18k from the original purchaser. Still under $25k after shipping, rotary phase converter and electrical installation. I did see one up for grabs on Fleabay that they were asking $33k for everything. It includes a phase converter as well.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/32465602884...kAAOSwvuRgw2oL

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    What do you think about the machine. Have you had any problems with it, customer support and etc? What kind of tolerances are you holding on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Duval View Post
    The Syil is a better machine for the money. It'll run circles around the Tormach. I own one so I may be a little biased however. I own a 2018 cast iron base model. The new mineral based model is an even better machine. You should contact them for pricing as I believe it is going to come in a little higher in the price range than the Tormach based on just adding the Siemens control.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    My machine has been great. I find the LNC M5800 controller to be pretty straight forward to use. It rapids faster than I am comfortable with so I usually run it at 50% rapids or less. I don't run large enough batches of parts to track it's repeatability. My parts are always within the tolerances I try to hit. I usually try to work within a .001 in or .02 mm. I rarely miss and if I do it is becasue I wasn't paying attention. It is a better machine than I am a hobby machinist.

    About the only issue I have had with the machine was the automatic oiler was mounted a bit too high and it was siphoning out into the coolant tank. Other than that it has been problem free at least for other than the ones the operator creates.

    Support for me has been good when I needed it. I have always gotten a response from an engineer when needed. I must admit though that hasn't been needed much. The facebook group is pretty solid and there is plenty of info available there. I haven't had any need for parts replacement at this time so I can't offer an educated opinion on that one.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    nerdly on YouTube has both. He hasn't done a comparison of them and not sure he will. Might be worth your time to check out his videos. He is good about answering questions, from what I understand, if you're a patreon member.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    As a former 1100 owner (had to sell it when I moved), seems to me Tormach has left the hobby market. I don't see why you'd get either of those when you could get this and have 10x the machine.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Spinnetti View Post
    As a former 1100 owner (had to sell it when I moved), seems to me Tormach has left the hobby market. I don't see why you'd get either of those when you could get this and have 10x the machine.
    The Haas TM-0P is coming out this fall which will be another option.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    For that kind of money, I'd also consider the Prototrak- especially if the 101" x 78" x101" of the haas footprint is too large.

    The Prototrak's footprint is 52"x30" and for $32k has a 6k spindle and ATC. For $39 has a 10k spindle and an ATC.

    https://www.southwesternindustries.c...g-centers/vmc2

    Every time I go back and forth about which machines to get in the Tormach vs Syil debate, as soon as I step up to the 1100 vs X7, the VMC2 seems like a no-brainer- especially when you consider the RMX control systems' simple conversational programming (still gcode compatible, but VERY EASY to do ad-hoc changes).

    I've played with the RMX control system on full-sized Prototraks, and it's pretty dang amazing.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    It looks like the new Haas TM-0P mill will be under $30K with ATC. The final specs will be out this fall. It's good to see more mill options out there. Competition is good.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    Under $30k with ATC, then $26k worth of addons to make the thing do all the basic stuff you need.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    I see someone has shopped Haas before.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    The thing that really kills HAAS for me is that the nearest HAAS service center (or whatever the place is called) is +- an 8 hour drive away, so any services that have to be performed by a factory authorized tech START at about $1500, before any work is actually done.

    My buddies in Midland who run several machines have had HAAS in the past, and 1 currently. Several have recounted a $2k bill for what amounted to 5 minutes with a connected laptop. Enough so that for me haas is an absolute no-go.

    I've been almost agonizing over a used Tormach 1100 vs a used X7... For $10k, one can find an 1100 w/a decent amount of tooling and extras- sometimes a 4th axis even. But as soon as one starts looking at new, I honestly think the 1100 and the X7 are outshined by the VM2.

    Prototrak (not the VM2 or 2OP, to be completely honest, but one of their full-sized machines) seems to treat service differently. They have a local tech, which makes all the difference, imho.

    My current shop (the back of my garage) simply doesn't have enough room for a full-sized VMC. I'm kinda relegated to a relatively small footprint.

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    Re: Tormach 1100MX vs SYIL X7 2020

    They have a local tech
    Thinking out of the box here: Could *you* become the local HAAS contract technician?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    Thinking out of the box here: Could *you* become the local HAAS contract technician?
    Haas has protected territories, and I A.M. not a machinist, abs have never actually even pushed buttons on a haas… let alone know how to repair them…. I wish I could be that guy.

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