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Old 09-05-2006, 08:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sadley to tell you the truth i have been less than satisfied with this mill. THey market it as much more durable and reliable than it is. This one has been back to them 3 times in 4 years, at around 300 to 400 dollars each time. The motor has no cooling so i had to rig my own system, and the servos have been giving me fits lately.

They also promised windows xp compatible software but as right now you still have to use dos or windows 95. The manuel is very vague and customer support is non exsistant.

Keep in mind that i have a degree in this and am a Engineer at my real job, so it has to be very vague. And while it is a fanuc based language it has its own quirks that are very wierd

Personally i think your better off with a taig or sherline for a hobby cnc mill or an enco. If i could spend the money again i would definatly do it differently.

Hope that helps Jake.

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Old 09-05-2006, 08:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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if your getting a new lathe would that one be forsale? might be interested
The atlas wieghs around 400 to 500 pounds...i am never moving it again. The small lathe can be purchased at harbor frieght for around 400 dollars. It is a great lathe for the price.

So in short i will be keeping both machines

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:11 AM   #13 (permalink)
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some more work

Did this today, These will soon be team snipers for the guys to practice for the sppl.


Couple of bodies


The maxnc at work

Some windows to see thru
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Sadley to tell you the truth i have been less than satisfied with this mill. THey market it as much more durable and reliable than it is. This one has been back to them 3 times in 4 years, at around 300 to 400 dollars each time. The motor has no cooling so i had to rig my own system, and the servos have been giving me fits lately.

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Keep in mind that i have a degree in this and am a Engineer at my real job, so it has to be very vague. And while it is a fanuc based language it has its own quirks that are very wierd

Personally i think your better off with a taig or sherline for a hobby cnc mill or an enco. If i could spend the money again i would definatly do it differently.

Hope that helps Jake.

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I was thinking as much especially when I considered the price tags associated with the three models.

Dude you have got to ditch that drill press vice on the mill...that thing has got to account for 50% of any inaccuracy problems.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Dude you have got to ditch that drill press vice on the mill...that thing has got to account for 50% of any inaccuracy problems.
Actually it works really good for cocker bodies. I have a clamp set and a few other vises but this one is quick and easy and squared to the mill and its not like i am building parts for nasa. lol
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Mini-lathe users unite! (what the heck happened to the devil-horns-and-headbanging I see elsewhere?)

I've got a 7x14, myself. Love the little thing, especially for the price I got it for.

Did you have to shim the headstock to center it to the tail? I have yet to get to figuring out how to do that.

Also, like Kidneythief, I've been considering a cheap little CNC. Seen any retrofitted mini-mills like that, close up? I've seen kits and such, but even manual, if I didn't lay everything out with Dychem, I would never get anything accurate.

Also, agreeing with him on the vice thing, too. I used to use a $16 vice just like that, got tired of leaving knurl marks in stuff (and *still* having to use my Spider-sense, Bullet-Time(c) dodge-fu to evade a flying pump handle) and am now *very* happy even with my cheapie 3-inch Taiwan Special machining vice.

Just slightly less vertical room, but I have yet to dodge another attempt at my life from irate workpieces.
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work in progress

Here it is with more milling done...

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Here is the body ready to be anodizied i bead blasted it to take any scratches out.

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Mini-lathe users unite!
I've got one and 3/4's mini lathes here (7x10's), and a 10x24 Logan (1942 model)

Those minilathes are great for what they cost, and there are all kinds of hotrod mods to do to them out on the net.

IMHO the drill press vice would have to go also. A cheap import mill vice would have to do better.
I'd also move the grinder away from any expensive tools with ways/gibs etc.
Grinding dust is bad, and when mixed with way oil makes a nice valve grinding compound and will wear you any accuracy you have.

VERY Nice setup by the way. Excellent for working on a budget.
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after my dad and i build a new garage/shop this coming spring, i am going to get a similar setup, i am currently in school for the machine tool trade (which is nice as i have nearly unlimited access to all the machines and tooling in the shop, and its a very good shop for a tech school)
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