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    Hi, as will become apparent I am new to all of this.

    I have aquired a Denford MicroRouter that has been modified to run on Mach3 using what I believe is the original Cable Porter spindle. What I want to do is fit a new spindle with an ER collet so I can use smal (1.0 dia) cutters to finish components that have been semi-finished on a different machine. As I would still like to use the router for machining wood I would ideally like to find a spindle that will run off the existing electronics.

    The on/off and speed of the spindle fitted is controlled by a Spindle V5 board (https://0201.nccdn.net/4_2/000/000/0...spindleV5x.pdf). I have attached pictures of all the other internals in case information on them is needed.

    Any help/advice greatly appreciated.

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  3. #2
    buy a 6mm collet for the current porter cable spindle
    then buy a 1mm cutter with a 6mm shank (ebay)

    job done, very easy, save loads of money and time

    Quote Originally Posted by ngwagwa View Post
    Hi, as will become apparent I am new to all of this.

    I have aquired a Denford MicroRouter that has been modified to run on Mach3 using what I believe is the original Cable Porter spindle. What I want to do is fit a new spindle with an ER collet so I can use smal (1.0 dia) cutters to finish components that have been semi-finished on a different machine. As I would still like to use the router for machining wood I would ideally like to find a spindle that will run off the existing electronics.

    The on/off and speed of the spindle fitted is controlled by a Spindle V5 board (https://0201.nccdn.net/4_2/000/000/0...spindleV5x.pdf). I have attached pictures of all the other internals in case information on them is needed.

    Any help/advice greatly appreciated.

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  5. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by andy_con View Post
    buy a 6mm collet for the current porter cable spindle
    then buy a 1mm cutter with a 6mm shank (ebay)

    job done, very easy, save loads of money and time
    If you can get a 1/8" collet, then there is a whole world of cheap cutters out there.
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  7. #4
    Hi, as well as the Porter cable being an open motor I was also worried about the run out. I am will be using some long reach ball neck tools so need to get down to a 3mm fillet.
    Last edited by ngwagwa; 05-04-2019 at 11:11 AM.

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  9. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by ngwagwa View Post
    Hi, as well as the Porter cable being an open motor I was also worried about the run out. I am will be using some long reach ball neck tools so need to get down to a 3mm fillet.
    if your concerned about accuracy then a 500 route probably isn't the best for the job.

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  11. #6
    Accuracy of the part isn't critical, the long reach tools are the only way I can cut the required profiles.

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  13. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by ngwagwa View Post
    Accuracy of the part isn't critical, the long reach tools are the only way I can cut the required profiles.
    it seems a huge amount of work, for very little gain. but I suppose if its the only way to make the part then there is no other option.

    id also be very surprised if you could find a suitable spindle that is a straight swap.

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  15. #8
    I didn't expect to be able to do a straight swap (though it would be nice). Would I be better looking at a new spindle and building a new control box for it? It would certainly make swapping between spindles easier/

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  17. #9
    The BoB you have, I am certain, has 0-10v output to control spindle speed with a VFD and Spindle setup, so you don't need any more electronics apart from the VFD. The rest is setting it up in Mach3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cropwell View Post
    The BoB you have, I am certain, has 0-10v output to control spindle speed with a VFD and Spindle setup, so you don't need any more electronics apart from the VFD. The rest is setting it up in Mach3.
    Thanks, so which spindle should I be looking at bearing in mind it is for finishing only so RPM is more important than power.

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