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not done it yet31/07/2020 07:17:52
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Posted by Andrew Jenkins on 30/07/2020 20:59:14:

Hi Speedy

Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 30/07/2020 20:27:10:

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Ov course a variable speed motor would help, but that is increased cost etc etc (and another potential source of problems).

Thanks for another useful tip! As you say a variable speed motor would be very useful but beyond my budget for now, maybe if i win the pools! laugh

Regards

Andy

No need for a big win on the pools. Second hand motors often come up on epay.

Item number: 363058563347 is simply an example I just found. Same for inverters. You just need to bide your time, for purchases that are not imperative at the immediately present time.

Andrew Jenkins31/07/2020 18:16:52
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Hi Bill

Posted by peak4 on 30/07/2020 21:47:37:

I'm broadly with Adrian 2 on the ability to swing the head on the round column, whilst it can be a pain, it also has a major advantage for those of us who do jobs which are too big for our machines.
I don't have the Warco you hope to receive, but have a Dore Westbury, which also has a round column.

I've just been recommissioning a Herbert grinder, and wanted to mill a flat on a casting which was longer than the travel on the table, by several inches.
By swivelling the head from one side to the other, I was able to complete the job without needing to move and re-clamp the workpiece, which would have been something of a nightmare as it's bigger than the mill table.

Swung to the left;Herbert Junior Surface Grinder recommissioning.

And swung to the right;

Herbert Junior Surface Grinder recommissioning.

I also have Centec, with a more conventional dovetail column design, but could never have done the job on that at all.

Do enjoy your new toy when you get it; if your first efforts don't go to plan, don't get disheartened; just come back and ask more questions.

Bill

Edited By peak4 on 30/07/2020 21:49:57

Good to note that every design has its advantages aswell as disadvantages and thanks I will!

Regards

ANDY

Andrew Jenkins31/07/2020 18:20:52
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Hi Speedy

Posted by not done it yet on 31/07/2020 07:17:52:
Posted by Andrew Jenkins on 30/07/2020 20:59:14:

Hi Speedy

Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 30/07/2020 20:27:10:

...

Ov course a variable speed motor would help, but that is increased cost etc etc (and another potential source of problems).

Thanks for another useful tip! As you say a variable speed motor would be very useful but beyond my budget for now, maybe if i win the pools! laugh

Regards

Andy

No need for a big win on the pools. Second hand motors often come up on epay.

Item number: 363058563347 is simply an example I just found. Same for inverters. You just need to bide your time, for purchases that are not imperative at the immediately present time.

Point taken!

Regards

Andy

Robin01/08/2020 16:36:38
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I have the Warco Major RF something or other, I think it cost me £700 back around 1990.

There is a rumour that RF stands for Rong Fu, is that true or am I not getting a joke?

I am good at not getting jokes smiley

Michael Gilligan01/08/2020 17:37:29
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**LINK**

https://www.rongfu.com

Andrew Jenkins01/08/2020 18:05:28
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Hi Robin

Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/08/2020 17:37:29:

**LINK**

https://www.rongfu.com

I think Michaels link proves it may not be a joke! Who'd of thought...

Cheers Michael for the link.

Regards

Andy

Steve Withnell01/08/2020 18:11:40
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Warco Minor? I cut these bevel gears on mine and machined the cams for the Nemett four stroke. So the machine does work. You must put a DRO on the Z or it will drive you nuts!

p1030390.jpg

Andrew Jenkins01/08/2020 18:32:28
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Hi Steve

Posted by Steve Withnell on 01/08/2020 18:11:40:

Warco Minor? I cut these bevel gears on mine and machined the cams for the Nemett four stroke. So the machine does work. You must put a DRO on the Z or it will drive you nuts!

p1030390.jpg

Your not the first to mention equipping a DRO so its on the list of "Things to Do". Beautiful aero engine by the way.

Regards

Andy

Steve Withnell02/08/2020 11:50:41
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Andy, this is how I added a DRO to the Minor. The DRO is simple type from Arceurotrade. Then I just took a piece of aluminium plate and bored a hole in it to be a slide fit over the spindle assembly. There is a caphead screw out of sight which acts as a locking screw to stop the plate swivelling.

The plate is then useful for hanging clocks off...but you lose the depth stop which I miss very rarely.


I drilled and tapped a hole for a mounting plate in the mill casting to hang the DRO off.

I have a graph somewhere of the the DRO readout plotted against the manual readout off the fine feed, apart from a stiction/backlash problem the graph wanders about all over the place!

mill.jpg

Andrew Jenkins03/08/2020 22:13:35
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Hi Steve

Posted by Steve Withnell on 02/08/2020 11:50:41:

Andy, this is how I added a DRO to the Minor. The DRO is simple type from Arceurotrade. Then I just took a piece of aluminium plate and bored a hole in it to be a slide fit over the spindle assembly. There is a caphead screw out of sight which acts as a locking screw to stop the plate swivelling.

The plate is then useful for hanging clocks off...but you lose the depth stop which I miss very rarely.


I drilled and tapped a hole for a mounting plate in the mill casting to hang the DRO off.

I have a graph somewhere of the the DRO readout plotted against the manual readout off the fine feed, apart from a stiction/backlash problem the graph wanders about all over the place!

mill.jpg

That looks really neat I may copy that!

Regards

Andy

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