Smokeyja wrote: You have a CNC set up don't you?
I have a home made CNC machine that's aimed at cutting wood, but, it's done a surprising amount of aluminum the last 6 months. We did a job a few weeks back that took 8 hours & 45 minutes! My buddy Charlie has the "steel shop". Look at what was GIVEN to him today! Lousy picture, but, it's a CNC milling machine. In 1991 it cost $49,000. Today it needed a new home & for the price of delivery ($100), it now sits in Charlies shop. Yeeehaaa! It's a BEAST. It came with a few grand worth of tools too. Crazy lucky!
I'm not familiar with what's better than what...ANY full size machine is a good machine. How many HP do you need 3 phase for? If it's only 2 or 3 HP, n electronic converter might be the ticket.
Do you want, need, a surface grinder? Charlie has one he'd let go for the price of scrap plus $50.
Wow that is awesome Freddy! The Motor on the top of the head for the mill was originally a 1hp but the red motor you see has been retrofitted to work ... I have to talk to him about it more. Im pretty sure it is a 220 but he said I can run it in my garage without a converter but the slotter on the rear is a 1/2hp 60 cycle motor that requires 3 phase but he is selling me a phase converter for somewhere around $100 and he is really good at building them! in this area they say the guy is like a mad scientist.
Here is where I got the machine http://www.dempseyandco.com/
here is the ad for phase converters http://www.dempseyandco.com/phase_converters.htm
I am interested in the surface grinder! PMing you about it.
Here is a link to the operators manual on this mill if anyone is interested. http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=4484
I havent got it to my garage yet so i havent looked it over enough yet but I trust the guy who sold it to me and so does a lot of other people so if he says it works good then I beleive him.
Wanna Bee wrote:
I have a couple toys in the shop
As far as moving the mill. I used 3 pieces of 1" gas pipe as rollers, moved it 40' to its final position myself.
Also, you might be able to have the spindle taper reground to a more common r8 collet for cheaper than you think.
nice set up man! I just added a lathe to my shop tonight an old south bend. My friend is moving to a new job and said he wont be using it anytime soon. of course its a decent size but I want a bigger gear lathe so it will go back to him when I get that. but I am holding it for him and using it until then . I also brought home a 350lbs anvil and a propane forge tonight
the pipe idea is a great idea! that is the most awesome solution ! Pipe is what I will use! It says that it uses a number 8 collet so I am guessing that is the same as R8?
samhill wrote:Smoke, if you build a cart don't forget to keep a low profile on it & add that height in figureing out the door height. Above all whenever moving something top heavy go slow, never be in a rush I'vee seen more than one top heavy piece of equipment get away, once it starts there's no stopping it good luck & enjoy. My main craft was being a Rigger in the steel mills & we used to move stuff like that often, we used what are called tank crabs, if you can find a set to borrow or rent that would be the way to go IMO.
tank crabs? I will have to look them up . I have a flat bed and bobcat with fork attachments to use.
Let me know what you think .
I think I envy BIG time that you know how to run it.
I will be an old man by the time I get around to being in a position to learn some machining and getting machines. BE and old man???
Depends where your cut off line is I guess! Have fun relearning and playing with it.
I am planning a small woodworking shop at this time, more in line with my vocation. And it includes a home built CNC machine also.
Its not to hard to learn really. Just need to be safe in whatever you do! hands on is always the best for learning!