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Brian Abbott07/09/2017 22:42:53
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Hello all, could anyone who has fitted one of these offer me any help.
My warco feed unit turned up today, the instructions are not very clear, i will speak to Warco tomorrow but wanted some basic info first.

They have supplied a new end bearing plate ( on the right ) i thought i maybe have to replace the current plate ( one on the left ) with this one as this is the correct size to fit within the grey mounting plate, but there is no thrust bearing for the drive gear to pull up against, have they supplied the wrong plate ?

Thanks for any help.



Edited By Brian Abbott on 07/09/2017 22:43:45

Brian Abbott08/09/2017 10:31:39
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Spoken to Warco but there not able to offer me any assistance..

As it stands i can modify the existing plate ( Cut the ends off ) and it should work ok, interested if anyone else had the same problem.


mechman4808/09/2017 10:58:34
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FWIW, I can only suggest that you are s'posed to use the existing bearings, or, looking at the housing size you may have to buy bearings to suit. I'm surprised that Warco didn't offer any assistance. I made my own power feed arrangement so retained the original end plate & bearing.


Brian Abbott08/09/2017 11:05:59
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Thanks for the reply.

Warco have been fine, i think the problem is they have updated the machine and the power feed suits the new design not mine. They have said i can return the feed so might just do that.



Edited By Brian Abbott on 08/09/2017 11:08:05

not done it yet08/09/2017 14:40:12
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They have said i can return the feed so might just do that.

At their cost, I would hope, if they have made modifications to their specific model and nobody from their end 'flagged it up' before sending you the wrong item.

Question is:what are they (or you) going to replace it with? Power feed is a great improvement for most of us (I certainly cannot get the same finish by traversing manually).

Mark Dickinson08/09/2017 20:21:01
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There is a video on you tube of that power feed fitted to a wm18


Brian Abbott11/09/2017 21:43:26
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Thanks both for your reply's

I modified the end bearing plate ( 2 new dowels and cut about 10mm of each end ) and the feed fitted a treat, no problems.


Mark Dickinson12/09/2017 21:18:44
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Brian, would you be prepared to post a picture or 2 of the power feed in place. I have an older mill too and I've been looking at buying that power feed .



Brian Abbott12/09/2017 22:26:14
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Hello Mark,

yes, no problem at all, i will try and do it tomorrow night.

Brian Abbott17/09/2017 21:03:01
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Hello Mark, sorry for the delay, no shed time recently...

Couple of photos below.

I had to alter the original bearing bracket, just drilled a couple of extra dowels then cut about 10mm of each end.
The gear supplied in the kit just slid onto the leadscrew using the existing key, this then pulled up against the thrust bearing using a small turned nut supplied in the kit.
All you need to do then is clamp the feed onto the table and set the gap between the gears, there is a gap between the supplied clamp plate and the table, about 6mm which i need to fill at some point with a couple of small plates.

One point to note, when i asked warco for some photos of the assembly they sent a photo of one in their showroom, this had a completly differant gear setup, not sure where this came from but if they had sent this type it would have been no use, i can post this photo if i can find it.



Brian Abbott17/09/2017 21:11:46
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Photo supplied from Warco.

Toothed gear, would not fit my machine and luckily not supplied in my kit !

wm18 power feed 004.jpg

Mark Dickinson18/09/2017 06:20:08
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Thanks Brian. Think I'll start saving my pennies for that

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