View Full Version : Is this a bargain?

27-04-2010, 12:12 PM
If I had the room and tooling....


A lot of CNC lathe for 500! (or should that have been 5000 for buy it now?)

27-04-2010, 12:31 PM

Irving that must be the bargain of the year, be interesting to see how long the listing lasts!

27-04-2010, 09:37 PM
Will tell you how it looks when it is delivered. :)

27-04-2010, 10:11 PM
Well I see it sold at 21:32... its got to be worth more than 500 even stripped down as spares..... they go for much more than that... and just up the road from you Gary!

27-04-2010, 11:06 PM
For 500, i had to go for it.
Thanks for the link.

27-04-2010, 11:14 PM
Glad to help :) I was sorely tempted at that price, but SWMBO would have had a fit and the shipping would have been expensive! Lets just hope the guy doesnt come back and tell you he really meant 5k... 42mm spindle bore @ 3000rpm standard, 4000 or 5000rpm option, 'tis a meaty machine - and machining 25, 30 or even 40mm ballscrews would be possible! From what I've read on CNCZone the drive boards and DC servos are probably scrap but a retrofit with modern gear to run off Mach3 shouldn't be an issue, but the FANUC controller is worth something too.. Not sure that the one in the pic is the one advertised, it sort of implies not... but again at that price...

27-04-2010, 11:23 PM
I hope he doesnt ask for more, but he did say in the listing that there was no reserve.
42mm bore is quite handy fro doing ballscrews, a bit bigger than my myford 280.
I have all the bits here to upgrade the motors, drivers and control if needed, but i am hopping to not do anything to it.
Looking on the zone the spindle berings and ballscrews can be prone to wear, i will have a look how many hours it has done, but these machines can run 24/7 so it is likely that there will be some wear?
Will update when i get it and post some pics.

John S
27-04-2010, 11:27 PM
I sold all the main boards out of a Fanuc OT to Neil Ginley up at Huddersfeld for 750 a couple of years back.

28-04-2010, 10:13 PM
Its all paid for now and will be delivered at the end of next week when i get back from Vegas.
Its over 2 ton so its going to be interesting getting it into the workshop.

28-04-2010, 10:23 PM
I will watch with interest...

20-05-2010, 09:08 PM
OK, getting the lathe delivered soon, and the guy is going to wire it all up and get it working and demo it to me, but i need a 90PSI dry clean air supply.
I can get a compressor, but finding it hard to find a cost effective dryer.
Does anyone have any ideas where to look.
Been quoted silly money for new, so will also look at used, but good condition.

25-05-2010, 04:38 PM
Ok, i have asked about and the dry air is a requirement only for warrantee, so considering this machine is slightly out of warrantee i think i will just use a few water traps.
It arrived today, and have attached a few pics.
Looks ok, but is missing the chuck, and has come with no tooling, but what do you expect.
just need to get the compressor and sort out the three phase supply and will then get it up an running.

25-05-2010, 04:49 PM
Big lump that! Gosh a reel to reel mag tape unit... haven't seen one of those since ooohhh early 1980's. I do so love lots of buttons and flashing lights :)

Looks like its going to be an interesting build log on the Mach3 conversion.

25-05-2010, 05:53 PM
Yes it is rather heavy, it weighs over 2000KG, and my fork lift had problems lifting it.
Wont be converting it to run from Mach 3, according to the guy who sold it me, it is in working order including the controller, so will be using it as is for the moment, and if i do retrofit it, i will put a proper cnc controller and large AC servos on it all closed loop.
I have my myford 280 in bits to start a conversion on that; that will be all servos and not sure if i should put a 2 axis CNC controller on it or do it for mach 3, yet, but it looks like i will stick with the controller because of the closed loop and convenience of not having it connected to a pc.