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    Hey guys, im in the process of building the new machine and i was wondering.... Can the chinese spindles be converted to accept automatic tool changing, or do i have to buy a new spindle all together?

    P.S mine is the 2.2KW spindle

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    Jonathan has made a post on this somewhere on here, but I am not sure how far he has got with it, or got side tracked. From what I have read it is a bit of a none starter. ..Clive

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    ah thanks Clive i will have another scout about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-man View Post
    ah thanks Clive i will have another scout about.
    Let us know what you find - I'd like auto tool change even it were just 2 tools.

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    Llittle more digging and found this... i have not read through the whole topic as of yet.... http://www.cnczone.com/forums/spindl...e-spindle.html

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    Thanks that looks great. I think a bit complex for me to make though.

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    i have a few pals who own engineering shops, so i may ask them to make me one to test. I shal;l report back if i do.

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    Please do!

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    Hi,

    some of the eBay sellers of the 2.2kW spindles also offered a 3kW version with automatic toolchanger.
    I haven't seen them for a while but I think the price was about $1500. Maybe they still offer them if you contact a seller.

    Converting a spindle is very difficult - even with a well equipped toolshop and reliable plans. There are many parts that need to be hardened, precision ground and perfectly balanced if it should be more than just a proof of concept.

    Christian
    2D / 3D CAM Software and CNC controller: http://www.estlcam.com

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