Irregular motion at slow feedrates?

When using slow feedrates as recommended by easel when milling metals (150mm/min or so) my steppers move with a juddering motion even if I run them without a cutting bit, so it is not backlash. it makes for a very uneven cut, any ideas??
Thank you

Have you followed the steps for setting the driver trimpots?

Yes the power should be right, I have just been told by another that the pulsing motion is common at 1/16 microstepping, and should improve by reducing the number of micro steps, perhaps it is to do with what my cnc shield can handle