February 6, 2008 at 5:36 pm #1474
the gear that is driven by the main motor metal gear, a plstic piece of shit, shattered when the endmill started to chatter, and i had forgotten to lok the Z axis…and it wandered down and grapped the tool i was milling…bam sounded like a short circuit…but was the plastic gear that gave up life grrrrrrr
so no fun for a couple of days….was milling a roundball end mill bit that i made my self….
got the Lathe Ball attachment, was tired of not being able to find a roundball endmill that i could afford…..so this 40$ thnigy enables round balls to be cut, and with a little milling a roundnose endmill is created…granted its not the best, but it will do the job.
the big endmill, still needs to get a little angle from the cutting endge towards the back to reduce friction, the small one has this done roughly…i dont need it to look nice, funktionality is what i wantFebruary 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm #33333
There are two things that will improve your mill exponentially.
One is a belt drive for about $119. Worth every penny and say good buy to gears for ever
And the other is something I just got. A power feed…OMG it is so much nicer now taking long cuts. It is about $140.
Buy the belt drive and do away with gear noise and breakage!
These 2 upgrades will transform you mill drastically
http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=2560&category=February 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm #33334buba-bParticipant
Yep youve killed it 😀 ….. .Have to agree with Adam on this ! just look at his mill to see the way to go. My mid gear managed to strip its self away from its keyway and spun on the sharft. Managed to fix it but i finaly gave in and started on the Hoss mans belt drive, just got the big pully to make , its free which is cheaper than ordering from LMS for me in the UK 😀 . The noise from the gears is doing my head in as well 😕 damitFebruary 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm #33335
i was actually ready to get the belt drive as the noise from the gear is horrible
however LMS is out of the kit
whats this Hoss mans belt drive where can i find info…i might just make one my selfFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm #33337buba-bParticipantFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:20 pm #33338
There are a couple other places to get them look here
and I know there is another guy making a nice conversion. Let me see if I can find itFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm #33339
Here is another source. This one looks a little better. It is anodized and has a locking mech for the spindleFebruary 6, 2008 at 7:18 pm #33340justforfunParticipant
Broken gear, bummer. 🙁
That fan on the motor looks cool, no pun intended.
Is it me or is anyone else having problems with the forum?February 7, 2008 at 4:26 am #33369blackopsParticipant
That sucks Cygnus! hope you get it fixed soon…check EBAY for end mills “lots” I got a shitload of cutters for cheap and they will defintely do what I need them to. Only ones I had to buy new were the Dovetail cutters.
Jim.February 7, 2008 at 4:32 am #33370
They make a big deal in the advertizements of how great the gear drives are. No belt vibration. No slippage, ect. When things go wrong slippage is what you want! It can save you a lot of greef adn broken parts, tooling, and down time. Here is the model I am using in the shop. Mike http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r294/mlovett_photo/th_G3102mill.jpgFebruary 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm #33397
the belt slippage was actually what i was thinking would be a good thing until it gets torqued too much by abuse of the lathe…and then should slip and save the day
gonna get one from Ron SteeleFebruary 7, 2008 at 10:50 pm #33398synopsysParticipant
Kinfemaker, which model is that, I like it, sort of mid sized…February 8, 2008 at 5:34 am #33423yellow-ninjaParticipantquote Cygnus X:
Why not make your own? isnt that the idea of buying a mill and lathe… to make things for the mill and lathe….lolFebruary 8, 2008 at 5:53 am #33424
It’s the G3103 from Grizzly. I’ve had it for about two years now, and it never fails to do a great job. Grizzly.com 1-800-523-4777 She only weighs 915 lbs. with the stand. Much easier to move than a Bridge Port!February 8, 2008 at 5:55 am #33425
Here’s a better pic or the 3203. http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r294/mlovett_photo/G3102mill.jpg?t=1202450062
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