1. #1
    Just wondering...why does everyone seem to mount their motors on stilts or peg legs? It seems like the worst possible way as it's both weak and (in my opinion) unsightly. Is there some advantage that I'm not aware of?

    Example (no offence meant Jonathon!):

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  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by birchy View Post
    Just wondering...why does everyone seem to mount their motors on stilts or peg legs? It seems like the worst possible way as it's both weak and (in my opinion) unsightly. Is there some advantage that I'm not aware of?

    Example (no offence meant Jonathon!):
    Agreed and not everybody does, I don't.!! . . Here's some of mine. Reason they do it is because it's easy and cheap.

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    Edit: Ah ah just realised motors on wrong side in this picture.!!
    Last edited by JAZZCNC; 21-09-2013 at 06:31 PM.

  3. #3
    Yeah, "everyone" was a bit too general, but I see a lot of motors mounted on pegs. Yours look a bit posh Jazz! Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of a spare milling machine, so have made mine from 6mm mild steel plates...using a hacksaw, a file, a cordless drill, and a lot of elbow grease and patience.

  4. #4
    Because they have all been hit by a fooking pendulum when they were babies and crawling.
    Leaves a lasting impression, in golden bollocks case you can still see the dent in the side of his noggin.

    This is one of mine.

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    That alloy block contains two angular contact bearing and an Oldham coupling all in one neat package and a swap of the mounting plate means it will fit many different applications.
    John S -

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by birchy View Post
    It seems like the worst possible way as it's both weak and (in my opinion) unsightly.
    I agree, it's a terrible idea! The photo you found is the motor mount I made when I first got the milling machine 4 years ago. At the time funds were very limited and I didn't know any better. As I mentioned in the build log it's soon to be replaced.

    My motor mounts have become have become a bit more 'serious business' lately:

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    That's 5 pieces of 20mm aluminium thick if you include the covers...

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    Here's a more average one I made a couple of years ago:
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    Here's one I made yesterday:
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    Oh and whilst we're on the topic, here's another one which incorporates a cover for the belt:
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    Maybe that'll give you some ideas...
    Old router build log here. New router build log here. Lathe build log here.
    Electric motorbike project here.

  6. #6
    You ever thought about taking up plumbing ?
    John S -

  7. #7
    Thank fk I'm not the only one that hates those peg leg things. I see so many of them that I thought I'd overlooked something vital.

    That's a nice setup John S...care to share any more info or is it a trade secret?

  8. #8
    The other bad thing about motors on stilts is they don't conduct much heat out of the motor.

    Quote Originally Posted by John S View Post
    You ever thought about taking up plumbing ?
    Are you addressing me? If so then you've lost me there...why do you ask?

    P.S. Surprised you didn't say this time that it looks like a grandfather clock.
    Last edited by Jonathan; 21-09-2013 at 07:01 PM.
    Old router build log here. New router build log here. Lathe build log here.
    Electric motorbike project here.

  9. #9
    Birchy,
    No not a trade secret, just good engineering, I'll see if i can find some exploded pics.


    P.S. Surprised you didn't say this time that it looks like a grandfather clock.
    Hint, pendulum in post #4
    John S -

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