View Full Version : Here's an idea hacking a Kress 1050 FME

14-01-2013, 07:02 PM
I am looking at the fact that I own a Kress 1050 FME spindle and that Kress collets are pretty much fit to size only. I have noticed that there is spindle shanks from Cutwell tools that are only 1mm thicker then the Kress collet spindle (Kress uses a two part press fit spindle system with the motor armature being pressed inside the collect spindle).

My Idea is to replace the Kress collet spindle with an ER25 spindle and upgrade the bearings while at it to improve overall running and cool things down a bit. Anyone interested in this crazy idea? The problem is finding someone with the time and a lathe that can mill the mm off that is needed and an arbor press to use to disassemble and reassemble the unit.

Well if anyone is interested in this crazy Idea let me know.


15-01-2013, 08:02 PM
Waste of time.!! . . . . Stop being a Tight arse and buy WC spindle and be done with it. Lol . . . . . And where's my PSU/drive got too.??

16-01-2013, 12:16 AM
Although it would save money on collets, unless you can replace the bearings with better ones - i.e. bigger angular contact bearings, then there's not much to gain since the limiting factor will still be the bearings.

John S
16-01-2013, 01:05 AM
Flog the Kress on Ebay and put the money towards a better unit.
They are over priced and noisy for what they are, best days work I ever did throwing mine in a cupboard and fitting one of the high speed spindles.