Thread: What 'decent' Milling machine?
Only if it comes cheap.!
Problem with these is while they are strong-ish for Manual machine they arn't ideal for CNC use for number of reasons. It takes a lot of work to convert these to CNC and personally I don't think the effort required to do it correctly is worth it. For what will still be an inferior CNC machine compared to purpose built CNC machine.
You'll be much better looking for OLD machine that started life as CNC machine. It will have structural and major components on it that are designed for CNC use. Like the Spindle, Ballscrews and it's supports, Linear ways and Motor mounts ETC.
Much easier to Retrofit with new motors and Electronics than start trying to shoe horn parts into spaces they don't fit or suit.!!
I'd Pass on this idea.!!
Totally agree with Jazz on this, Look for an old Bridgeport Interact.
I picked a dead one up for £600 and they are much better and easier to retrofit.
I actually went to Amadeal today and looked at their stock. A bit dissapointed, not 100% what I was expecting but still managed to see a X5 in the flesh. Decent looking, a lot of money. If there is a recommended 'old' machine to mod, Im up for it as long as its mainly electronics and not making a lot of plates and brackets etc as I have nothing really to easily fabricate with.
Ill look at Bridgeport Interacts. Any other to consider?
Ideally Id use this to make something custom with a high speed spindle if needed.
Do you have any info about how you modded yours?
Was it the same as this?
I spotted that last Interact. If you can mod it to run off single phase, it is a steal..www.emvioeng.com
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