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Thread: Just picked up my first mill
24/04/2021 14:17:56
Posted by Dave Halford on 24/04/2021 13:52:08:

Don't forget to treat it to a milling cutter chuck, they are only supplied with a drill chuck from new.

There is a new unused one in the wood box on the bench... loads of extras such as vices and rotary tables etc thrown in, he just never got round to buying cutters

24/04/2021 14:16:47
Posted by old mart on 24/04/2021 13:43:32:

We have a large round column mill at the museum, and as it is larger 500mm X travel and more Z and Y than the refurbished Tom Senior, it is definitely staying. You have to carefully plan jobs when using one as raising the column halfway through can be a bother. I have fitted a laser sight to the right side of the head which reflects off a window back and helps to get things within 0.002". I may change the sight for something with a better focussed beam some time.

I have a few mods planed for keeping the alignment, the rotating column may actually provide beneficial I tend to want to do awkward things with my machinery.

24/04/2021 13:10:55

2ceb40d9-f882-43c2-87ca-b9820fe264bf.jpegJust collected my first milling machine, yup it’s a round column mill/drill, was told it was a Chester, buts actually the warco version a Zx-15

I know round column are not a fave of many, but i think I got a fair deal, I’m no model engineer but It will come in handy in my wood workshop.

had to break it down to get it back to my workshop, but it’s pristine, the guy bought it new 16 years ago and then never used it, it’s never made a cut, was wrapped up in its original plastic and still covered in quite a bit of the protective gunk, just sat in an outhouse.... got loads of extras with it, just no cutters. Can’t wait to get it built back up.



Thread: First steps with a Shapeoko router table
22/04/2021 08:18:09
Posted by John Hinkley on 21/04/2021 21:58:42:

"Drum maker". Thanks for the offers of help. I'll let you know if I need any pointers. The build instructions do warn of the possibility of emf interference and their suggestion is to make stand-offs with cable ties to hold the router mains cable away from the other cable bunches. Which I've done. I've got some ferrite cores on a "watch list" on eBay, just in case.


yes thats one method that works for some on the groups, it didn't offer us much help, the conclusion was the issue being our router was on the same mains circuit as the machine & the computer we run it from... so we added ferrite to everything we could & we have not had any issues since.

21/04/2021 21:44:16
Posted by John Hinkley on 21/04/2021 09:17:00:

Ndiy. I don't pretend to understand taxes applying to various countries. If I get a bill from Fedex, I assume they know what they're doing and I'll pay it.

I would prefer this thread to be about the machine rather than sliding off down another rabbit hole, but thanks for trying to explain it.


VAT is simply due on all goods of value entering the UK, you dont pay it in the USA (you dont pay their sales taxes ether as its an export) so its due on your machine.

have worked in manufacturing import & export for 20 years, we move musical instruments across the globe & i have also imported most of my machinery including my shapoko....i deal with most countries including the USA & all of europe.... if you need help with anything or clarification of the bill/charges me know... there are 2 ways your bill could be calculated..

21/04/2021 21:06:41

welcome to the club, i bought my XXL shapeoko in 2018, its a cracking bit of kit, i use mine pretty much only for wood work so far, cutting plywood & MDF templates for my work on musical drums.

one day i will try it on metal im sure but right now its pretty busy most days in my business.

if i can offer any advice at all is buy some ferrite cores and put them on every single cable, the major issue most people get is electrical interferance, pop a few of those guys round the machine & it solves it pretty quick.

Thread: chester champion mk1 foot print & working space?
20/04/2021 19:18:35
Posted by Nicholas Farr on 20/04/2021 19:02:24:

Hi drum maker, assuming it has no power feed on the table and you don't what to rotate the head no more than 90 degrees each way, you will need at least 1300mm left to right, but 1400mm would be more comfortable and you will need 650mm front to back plus operator space. If you need to put it into a corner, you will need a bit more front to back space.

Regards Nick.

thanks Nick that’s all I needed.

20/04/2021 15:55:08
Posted by Oldiron on 20/04/2021 15:31:15:
Posted by drum maker on 20/04/2021 12:18:22:

anyone able to give me a realistic space requirement for this machine? not just its physical footprint but what space i around it, etc


just want to know the actual room needed for the machine itself at this stage, over hanging work will be considered once i have the first part of info.

You should be able to get the dimensions from Chester. They are quite helpfull.


i have the physical dimensions from Chester.....

20/04/2021 13:14:25
Posted by not done it yet on 20/04/2021 13:04:49:

Table including handle(s) plus table travel and knuckle room? Jobs can overhang the table at times?

Edited By not done it yet on 20/04/2021 13:05:07

table travel allowance & knuckle room would be ideal....

just want to know the actual room needed for the machine itself at this stage, over hanging work will be considered once i have the first part of info.

20/04/2021 12:18:22

anyone able to give me a realistic space requirement for this machine? not just its physical footprint but what space i around it, etc


Thread: Direct drive spindle. No gears. No belt?
22/01/2021 20:42:52
Posted by JasonB on 22/01/2021 20:36:26:

Part way down the page, looks quite nice

Whole head more likely moved by the handwheel at top side of the column.

Edited By JasonB on 22/01/2021 20:39:30

Brilliant, will take a look.

22/01/2021 20:31:21
Posted by JasonB on 22/01/2021 19:49:15:

DM if you do get one please keep us updated with how it's put together.

i will, I'm still edging towards it, I'm just paying off a powered hacksaw & a recent wood work bandsaw purchase and then i should have the funds spare to take the plunge.

22/01/2021 20:27:54
Posted by JasonB on 22/01/2021 20:25:20:

ohhh more info, how did you acquire that?

22/01/2021 19:19:21

great info & thoughts on this guys, I'm very tempted to give one a go & be the Guinea pig as no one seems to have first hand experience of these.

22/01/2021 10:46:35
Posted by JasonB on 22/01/2021 10:38:24:

No more details on the Weiss site either just the same as on Amadeal plus a larger E3 version.

More likely to have an electronic overload that cuts the power if the load is to high.

Would need a fancy hollow motor shaft to allow the drawbar through, maybe even internally splined so the quill can work or the motor moves up and down with the quill.

Then again it could be marketing hype playing with words as it does not have the typical two stage speed ranges that other hobby machines have obtained by belts or gears. Just having one direct belt to the spindle.

yeah i Checked the Weiss site too

Hugh from Amadeal has replied to my gentle probing

"The motor is located directly over the spindle hence doing away with gearing or belts and pulleys. Being a brushless motor there is good torque throughout the speed range."

so it does not sound like hype.

22/01/2021 10:07:32

browsing the Amadeal site earlier, they have an E2 mill for sale that they describe as direct drive, no Belt, No Gears

i searched this site & several others but cant find any further info on this type of machine, i have become so used to one or the other.

anyone know about these? the pros & con's?


Thread: spg tools? any feedback on their sevice
21/01/2021 21:11:20

hi guys, I'm gearing up (lol) for my first mill....

been doing the research crawling through the threads here,

I have been looking at all the most frequent names

Warco, Arc, Chester, Amadeal, Axminster, toolco...

will have to be a bench mill as i have to get it into my cellar shop & im pretty settled on induction motor & belt driven (similar traits i prefer in my other machines)

i had found what i thought ticked my boxes on Toolco & Warco, but emails indicate they have no new stock coming soon to toolco & warco are out of stock & i understand i just need to pre order and wait as they pre sell shipments... the WM16B was my fave

i did like the Seig SX2.7 (& the L) the tapping feature appeals (though i have a perfectly good tapping head) but its pushing cost & its more than likely i need to pay using paypal which Arc dont accept

i had just resigned myself to wait, but today browsing i landed on SPG by pure chance, i have not come across before... now being a wood monkey & out of my element thats not at all surprising so i thought i would ask here if they are well known?

Thread: New Member in Yorkshire
12/01/2021 20:21:03

ehhh up

regards from wf2

Thread: Hello from Yorkshire
12/01/2021 20:18:33

another from the yorkshire clan... welcome, welcomelaugh

Thread: Hello from Yorkshire (another one !)
12/01/2021 20:16:01

another yorkshire man, cracking,

I'm just down the road in wakie, i will be no help as i dont have any experience on mill or lathe yet.... but its great to see so many locals on here.

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