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    I am considering the item listed in the title, it is coming up for local auction soon. Any opinions on this Okamoto grinder vs. a Harig ball-way 618 machine? The Okamoto X-feed feels amazingly smooth and low-friction. The Harig was a tiny bit notchy, but still quite good. Any opinions welcome.

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    Okamoto is your best choice, but if you want to go further, Mitsui is your grinder.

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    I've been using the Okamoto and Mitsui grinders since they started showing up in the die shops back in the 80's. I didn't want to like them, being part of the Japanese invasion that began in the 70's. I find the Okamoto and Mitsui grinders to be very good machines, even purchased a Mitsui for the home shop. All the Parker/Reid/Harig/Boyar-Schultz/Thompson/Mattison/Covel/B&S I've used in the last 30 years have been well worn past the point of making a fair comparison. I would like to try a good condition Parker-Majestic sometime before I die. If it's in good condition I don't think you'll regret buying the Oko. The only Harig 618 I have experience with was older and had leaky hydraulics. Not a fair example to use.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I had hands on an Okamoto in the very late 90's, after my (then) company set up a new shop, and bought some additional machines. It was something like 8x18 or 8x20, I seem to recall. Seemed like an OK machine at the time, but I didn't have much to go on comparison-wise. The machine I am looking at now seems like a much more capable machine.


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