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everyday s.g.

I paid 120 for my drill press from gumtree

if you can stretch a bit further I have seen these on gumtree /ebay for around 600

not near me

https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M121

heavy around 350kg

bit less popular than the geared head ones . don’t be scared of 3 phase as converters can be had for 130ish

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600 for that mill? I’d be on that. When I was buying the lathe I asked about mills, the guy led me straight over that that machine.

If going with older better quality drills what brands should one look for?

  

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I have an old German drill press and a Taiwanese one. Generally Taiwanese machinery is a lot better quality than Chinese. Saying that do some research on what your looking at.

 

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Yea i have been looking on scum/Gumtree not much for sale or to expensive and i also checked Graysonline i am waiting for a shop to close and sell up.

Its either i buy on of these new i like that it has its own stand.
https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/D592#

Or pay $300-400 for some thing like this? I am not sure on brands when it comes to industrial equipment.
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/lisarow/power-tools/drill-press-record-p...

This one appears to be Taiwanese company. They are good tool makers even Snapon had moved some production to Taiwan i have used Tengtools they are made there.
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/catherine-field/power-tools/rexon-full-s...

If i could score a mill for that price i would be all over it lol!

Could i get any practical use out of an old Lathe? I would love to restore one. These are both out of Sydney but my partners parents live a few suburbs away from Wyee towards Newcastle and the Hawkesbury on the way there. Wonder how they would feel if i left a Lathe at there place hahaha.
I would love an Aussie made Lathe if i could get one really cheap and restore it just for show that would be okay.
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/wyee/other-antiques-art-collectables/ant...
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/yarramundi/miscellaneous-goods/lathe-goo...

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the round colum mill drills have a couple of issues with losing set up if you raise the head to change tools
and also can drift a bit under load.i think there is a 28 a 30 and 32.all very similar.
keep your eyes open after xmas…

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My new toy is absorbing my time lately Evil Google seems to be making it harder to share pics but I think I got it working….

The other day I did some parting off and got this coil, may not be interesting to you guys but I got a kick out of it since I never achieved anything like this with the old lathe

This next series of pics may interest you though. I have a bit of gear that I never got around to fitting to the old lathe. This one is a 400w spindle. I did some test cuts with different cutting bits but that’s as far as I’ve gone. It still needs tweaking and for me to learn about it before I’m game enough to mount a torch in the chuck.

  

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Nice pp, Did you make the clamp, and drill and tap the cross slide?

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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I didn’t make the clamp. The spindle and clamp are from those cheap chinese bench cnc routers.

I did drill and tap the compound slide though Big Smile

  

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Still, looks good. Smile

 

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I was lucky enough to receive this 7/16” arbor and slitting saw set from kiriba-ru
He is still working out pricing so contact him if you are interested.

it is simple enough design and spins nice and true in the machine

I tried a few cutting depths and speeds and seemed happiest around 400 rpm and 1mm
depth in aluminum, I used venom cutting oil to help a little

then I had a try with a piece of mild steel dropped the revs to around 200
and took cuts of around .5mm seemed to chatter a little but did the job
I think slow and steady for steel work, no apparent damage to the teeth
the saw I was using was 3mm width the thickest from the set
I imagine you would need to be very gentle with the thinner discs

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Thanks for the review ltp. These would be good for doing fins that do not go all the way around. You’d need a rotary table though.

 

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I wasn’t entirely happy with the spindle setup I did a couple of posts above as I could not swing the cross slide 90 degrees to face the chuck. It took a bit of head scratching but I came up with a method of mounting it to face the chuck. Them main problem was the base of the spindle motor was near flush with the top of the cross slide. I also thought if I mounted it on a quick change tool holder it could possibly have added flex. I’m pretty happy with the result. Of course, if I had space for a mill I probably wouldn’t be going through all this Facepalm

In this last pic I could’ve made that groove with a regular lathe bit but wasn’t thinking at the time. What I ‘can’ do now is make that groove in segments.

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Of course, to successfully use this now I need a radial indicator and chuck stop Facepalm

  

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It never ends pp. Smile What are you using to index the chuck at the moment?

 

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…eerrm… nothing Blushing Hence I haven’t really been using the spindle. I’ve got plans for it though…. Cool

  

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Smile I’ve used calibrated texta marks for years.

 

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What did you calibrate it with ? LOL Eyes..? …and how did you calculate…with the universal whiskey units – fingers? LOL Big Smile

Of course, I could accurately split a diameter into thirds because of the chuck jaws but anything else would be measuring marking and holding it in position with my hand Davie

  

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One way you could put degrees on the spindle would be to print out a degree wheel, cut a hole in it the size of the spindle and away you go. Smile

 

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I used this. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mr-Gasket-1570-Cam-Degree-Wheel-Universal-7-Inc...
I already had it laying around from back in my hot rod days.

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nice one pp,
you could try a dressmaking tape and a calculator

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Yeh, I put an index wheel combined chuck stop back in post #78 on my previous lathe. I kinda liked how simple and easy that was.

Thanks for the link moderator007. I’m wondering if the smaller increments might be useful in the future….? If it were useful I think I might go with a wheel that has 360 instead of 2* 180

e.g.

  

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This rudimentary device I cant take credit for but is very handy for trueing thin parts in the lathe
I think the thicker the shaft the better

simply clamp part gently in chuck and move the bearing in till it rotates continuously
stop the lathe and tighten chuck completely.

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Thanks for the update ltp. I wondered what I was going to use it for. Can you make me a holder?

 

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I got around to fitting the index wheel. I had a use for it so ‘had to get it done’.

I really needed to make a spindle lock as well but couldn’t come up with a suitable idea and I was impatient to get the job done so used this ingenious contraption.

The compound slide also needed some attention. The small bolts that lock down the compound angle were starting to strip the threads so I fitted some larger bolts. It took a bit of shaping of the bolt to get it into the t-slot. The pic below shows one old and one new bolt.

Here’s a pic of the project.

  

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Nice finish up pp. Where do I put my order in for the degree wheel mod? Smile Beer

 

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I’m jealous pinkpanda3310, your comp cam wheel has the full 360 degree increments. Crying
Looks good and should be pretty useful. Thumbs Up

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Finally able to reply. Went to the eye doctor and have had blurry vision all afternoon Sick

MRsDNF wrote:
Nice finish up pp. Where do I put my order in for the degree wheel mod? Smile Beer

Like you need one with your mad skillz Wink

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I’m jealous pinkpanda3310, your comp cam wheel has the full 360 degree increments. Crying
Looks good and should be pretty useful. Thumbs Up

I have you to thank for the idea so.. err… Thanks! Thumbs Up

  

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nice pp ,curious as to what the project is

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lostheplot wrote:
nice pp ,curious as to what the project is

It as for this crazy Titanium light pp built.
http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1342806#comment-1342806

 

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so I have been quiet for a bit,
but decided to cnc the mill drill,still using the original screws
and very basic bracketry (work in progress)

power supply’s stepper drives ect

the old dell laptop from 2004 got a new lease of life with Linux cnc installed

updated the drive for the head with a belt reduction and fitted a gas strut to the other side
has improved “z” speed a bit (12“per minute)x and y are about 40“minute

bored a couple of holes and did some facing using a10mm end mill.holes are .004”
elongated but accurate enough for most chores. Ball screws would improve it but would increase the cost

one thing it does do is make a mess (14 mm endmill boring plate for column mount)

been making a few signs for family ad friends more to learn the cad/cam/G-code. side of things,

It’s a bit of fun.

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