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18-12-2017, 09:50 PM

I have a Denford triac which works great, but I would like to mill brass using a 0.6 mm cutter.

I plan to add a high speed spindle to do this, perhaps just one that bolts on and off.

I have looked at spindle kits on ebay but I am slightly lost on how many watts my motor would have to be.

Has anyone got any ideas or suggestions ?

20-12-2017, 02:47 PM
Have you considered building a "Spindle Speeder"?
I built a 1" OD belt driven spindle cartridge based on a 10mm shank ER11 Collet chuck, a bit of ally bar and 3 bearings rated for 30000rpm, it mounts on one side of the head and a large pulley on the main spindle gives me around 7:1 speed increase allowing use of very small end mills and engraving cutters at up to 28800rpm. Spindle & pulley cost was around 25 plus a little of my time.

20-12-2017, 06:23 PM
Thanks Nick,

Have you got a picture of your design ?


21-12-2017, 12:35 AM
I'll chuck it together and take a photo tomorrow, my implementation includes a sprung linear slide which allows the use of an engraving spindle with a depth setting nose, this allows engraving to a fixed depth on complex 3D surfaces for which you don't have a 3D model.

21-12-2017, 08:19 PM
Here's my set up fitted with the ER11 Milling Spindle which I built, it's genuinely an afternoon job and by applying the principles in Harprit Sandhu's book on spindles I came up with a design using a pair of bearings at the nose which are bonded to both the spindle and sleeve and a top bearing which is bonded to the spindle only and is a sliding fit in the sleeve.
The pulley on the mill spindle gives 4.7x which gives a theoretical 32900RPM top speed with my mill's 7000RPM top spindle speed, the belt is round polyurethane, bought by length and welded with a disposable gas cigarette lighter ;-)


You don't need a slide but I used the Deltron slide modified to micrometer adjustable spring loading to allow the use of a spare micrometer depth controlled spindle which came with my Gravograph IM3 shown fitted here -


The engraving spindle has an adjustable "nose" which is micrometer adjustable to allow a precise amount of the cutter to protrude, by applying spring pressure on the slide the engraving spindle nose will follow uneven and curved work surfaces maintaining a fixed depth of cut, the nose fitted incorporates a spherical follower which is very good for maintaining depth of cut over significant changes of surface angle, up to around 30 degrees -
Springing also allows "Diamond Drag Engraving" without the spindle running,


This is the milling spindle -


It's had 40+ hours of run time with no sign of any issues.

Post any questions you have and I'll do my best to give a useful answer,