Setting up a benchtop mill

Ever since I got my little Harbor Freight 8×14 lathe over a decade ago, I’ve wanted to get a milling machine. The mill I purchased was a Precision Matthews PM940-PDF. While still technically considered a benchtop mill, its 1300lbs weight, and shear size meant it needed to be treated with a lot of respect when it came time to set it up.┬áThe following shows the steps I took to get the mill off its shipping pallet, and into its final position.

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