Hi all. I recently managed to get hold of a well priced used small mill (AMA25LV) and having had a little play with it I'm pretty pleased with the overall construction and rigidity for what I need it for. I plan to convert it to CNC over the coming months but first I'd like to get some tooling bought in that I can use with it manually for the time being.
I don't plan to use this machine as a production line item so saving 30 seconds on a tool change doesn't bother me, though repeatable consistent tool heights might come in useful when the machine is computer controlled. I have an MT3 taper in the spindle which can take TTS tooling via the TTS adapter, or I could use ER collets, but considering it has a self-ejecting drawbar it doesn't seem to gain me much over just using bog standard MT3 collets (which would surely inherently have higher stiffness and larger working throat due to the lack of adapters?). I could be missing something vital that for an extra bit of cash will make my life 100x easier - can anyone provide me guidance in this process?