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No, you will not have to bolt this mill down. Compared to other watch repair machines this one is very heavy. This mill will allow you to make parts that would be difficult or impossible with smaller less massive machines. It will allow you to mill out clock frames and watch pilar plates far more easily than using more traditional methods such as saws and files. My first experience with milling was a Unimat Lathe that converts into a mill. The Unimat (whick I still have) was too small and underpowered to be of any practical use. Every time I tried to take a cut with it the mill would bounce all over the bench and/or the cutter would stall out. The HF Mill will do what you expect it to do which is precisely remove metal.