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Bo'sun26/03/2020 15:46:49
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Good afternoon,

Does anyone know a good source for machine feet/mounts? I've tried Ebay without much success. Could be I'm using the wrong search criteria.

12mm stud, 500Kg static load, adjustable and fixed.

I need them for my lathe that is going to sit on a rough concrete garage floor. The static load is way higher than required for the weight of the lathe, but seems to be about right for a 12mm stud on some that I've seen.

The stand has 4 mounting points in each cabinet, so I'm guessing I'll need to get 8 to prevent sagging.

Michael Gilligan26/03/2020 15:59:20
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Could you manage with 10mm studs ?

**LINK**

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heavy-Duty-Machine-Mount-Each-Adjustable/333144553361?hash=item4d90f67791:g:5ggAAOSwFa5ccqaL

MichaelG.

mechman4826/03/2020 16:05:41
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Try these; I have 4 of the yellow type on my WM16 mill...

**LINK**

George.

Michael Gilligan26/03/2020 16:08:49
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Posted by mechman48 on 26/03/2020 16:05:41:

Try these; I have 4 of the yellow type on my WM16 mill...

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Hence my question, George

MichaelG.

Robin King26/03/2020 16:08:51
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Two suppliers you could try:

www.wixroyd.com - search for 'machine mounts';

www.polymax.co.uk - FMG heavy duty levelling feet.

I bought four for my Arboga mill from the latter and very good they are, but not cheap.

The only snag is that for the load you are looking at the stud sizes are M16. If you can work with about 300kg then M12 studs are available from Wixroyd, and 350kg from Polymax.

JohnF26/03/2020 16:22:41
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Have a look at these on the Myford site **LINK**

I purchased a set a few months back and they were the best value I could find

John

Michael Gilligan26/03/2020 17:29:12
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Posted by JohnF on 26/03/2020 16:22:41:

Have a look at these on the Myford site **LINK**

I purchased a set a few months back and they were the best value I could find

John

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That does look a very good price, John

... for what appears to be the same product that George and I have linked.

Any idea what ‘catalog suspended’ is supposed to mean ?

MichaelG.

Mike Poole26/03/2020 17:35:01
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**LINK**

Myford are closed until further notice, don’t break your lathe until the virus is over.

Mike

Edited By Mike Poole on 26/03/2020 17:35:15

Cornish Jack26/03/2020 17:41:13
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I have 3 or 4 different threads to dispose of. If no hurry, I'll get the search party active and let you know threads.

rgds

Bill

Martin Kyte26/03/2020 17:53:15
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I used Concrete studs (Rawlbolt type) into the floor. As I wanted floorgrade chipboard on top of underfelt insulation 4 steel bushes around an inch thick on the studs and then nuts to fix the studs to the floor and bring the holddown surface above the level of the chipboard flooring. Lathe stand dropped on top of this and bolted down. It appeared that I managed to get the self leveling screed pretty well level as there was no need to skim the bushes to create a level , no rock on the stand before bolting down. That was I achieved a lathe bolted through to the concrete and standing free of the flooring chipboard so I get a stable lathe and warm feet to boot.

If you don't fancy that was of working you could have a go at making your own. I have a set of floor mounts that came of an electron microscope which take the form of a fat cylindrical bush finethreaded on a 30mm ish bore with a studded boss screwed into it. Spanner flats allows the boss to be adjustable for hight and the machine is bolted to the projecting stud. The mounts also have thick rubber on the underside. You don't have to be as sophisticated as that but if you start there and modify you wont go far wrong.

The mill has big yellow ones from axminster.

regards Martin

Nicholas Farr26/03/2020 18:20:44
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Hi, a selection of three types at Warco machine mounts

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 26/03/2020 18:21:04

Bazyle26/03/2020 19:29:15
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You might designate this unhelpful but if the garage floor is 'rough' it won't hurt to have a few dabs of cement at the target points levelled off with a carefully selected bit of 4x4 which can find a subsequent use. I think any kind of screwed foot adds a point for flexing. If it were only 4 feet I'd suggest 3 fixed and only one adjustable (front right one).

Kiwi Bloke26/03/2020 20:17:49
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What does the panel think are the pros and cons of resilient mounts versus rigid fixing into a (concrete) floor? Do resilient mounts tend to damp low-amplitude machine vibrations and/or encourage large-amplitude rocking movements?

In shaky NZ, it's a good idea to have some method of preventing the machines taking a walk across the workshop. This doesn't disqualify resilient mounts, however, if, say, safety straps are added.

fizzy26/03/2020 20:22:27
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My big lathe is on blocks of wood, worked well for damping and vibration and its still in the same place as when we put it there.

Bo'sun27/03/2020 10:15:30
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Posted by Nicholas Farr on 26/03/2020 18:20:44:

Hi, a selection of three types at Warco machine mounts

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 26/03/2020 18:21:04

Thanks Nick,

The fixed ones look like they will be OK, and not too pricey. Although I'm wary of the pivoting ones, as it looks like a ball ended stud just popped into the plastic foot. Mind you, most of the pivoting ones out there look similar.

peak427/03/2020 10:25:47
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If you type "adjustable feet" into ebay, there are loads of cheaper, non-resilient mount, ones for not much money.
I'm using a mixture of the lighter ones with the ball ends on the threaded bit and, for the heavier machine, this type, which are a but stronger.

They seem to work well enough

Bill

derek hall 127/03/2020 10:29:14
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Hi guys

I have been also looking at those big yellow machine mounts for my Myford.

I have a concrete base but made the mistake of interposing a piece of kitchen worktop (compressed chipboard) between the concrete base and the Myford stand. Unfortunately the chip board has been doused with coolant and absorbed some moisture over the years and is now sagging and crumbling and not able to support the weight of the lathe.......yes I know it was a mistake!

If anyone has feedback on their experience of these mounts then please let me know. Looks like they cost about £40 to £50 for the 4. Spotted a site on ebay selling 4 for £48 free postage...they look all the same though. Looks like M10 size are the ones to go for.

Keep safe everyone, good excuse to self isolate in the workshop and catch up on all those jobs

Derek

ega27/03/2020 11:24:49
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derek hall 1:

I have ex-Warco black 80mm dia x 12mm thread mounts under my lathe which weighs well over half a ton. They seem to work OK and I wonder what the yellow ones have to justify the extra cost?

Nick Hughes27/03/2020 11:40:59
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I've used these on a Colchester Triumph lathe and they have been fine for the last 4 years:-

Machine Mart

Nicholas Farr27/03/2020 11:48:29
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Posted by Bo'sun on 27/03/2020 10:15:30:
Posted by Nicholas Farr on 26/03/2020 18:20:44:

Hi, a selection of three types at Warco machine mounts

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 26/03/2020 18:21:04

Thanks Nick,

The fixed ones look like they will be OK, and not too pricey. Although I'm wary of the pivoting ones, as it looks like a ball ended stud just popped into the plastic foot. Mind you, most of the pivoting ones out there look similar.

Hi Bo'sun, I've only used the pivoting ones and have my Warco Major supported by four of them and they are fine for that.

major and stand.jpg

Regards Nick.

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