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Old Fri 21 November 2008, 18:46
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
J.R.'s Leg Levelers

Since I saw J.R.'s Leg Levelers I knew I had to have/make them. And I did!
I have included four 3" round disk in last 20 sets I've sent out.
The Manufacture of the rubber part has agreed to sell them to me for about (parts$ + shipping$ =) $1.50 each.

I ordered 120 pieces so let me know if you are interested.

Joe
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Old Sat 07 February 2009, 08:17
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Well, after about six emails, one $900.00 wire transfer and seven weeks. Shipping was included in the $900.
My New Chinese 3K water cooled spindle, finally arrived yesterday via US mail.
It came with everything that you see. I didn't think to ask what collet size I could get with it, but came with a ER16 collet. Other than that I am pleased on price and quality.
Now I have to make a spindle bracket to hold this beast.
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Old Sun 22 February 2009, 06:05
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Oops. I was wrong about the collet size. I found the paper work(LOL) on the spindle and it is a ER 20 collet.
My wonderful father in law is going to cut some 3/4 inch brackets for me and maybe a few more.
Ill post the dxf. file and the paper work later.
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Old Sun 31 May 2009, 05:37
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Laser Cut Part

I have quite a few sets on hand. They are still $474.00 plus shipping.
Depending on type of payment, I can even have them out the same day you order.

With the kit that I'm supplying, you get the full options laser cut parts, 4 rubber feet and disc, 8 bearings for the rail skate, and 5 Mechmate Logos.

I have shipped out over 80 sets so far. I feel that between the laser and fab guys, UPS, and myself have it down now.


Joe McLain


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Old Thu 12 November 2009, 22:26
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Follow-Up on Chinese Spindle

Joe: How did the spindle work-out for you? I am at the spindle/router decision stage. Thanks
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Old Sun 15 November 2009, 10:03
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Very embarrassed to say that I finally got it mounted in place.
I still have to run the plumbing first before I get it going though, but Ill keep you posted when things get moving further along.

Joe
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Old Mon 16 November 2009, 19:59
liaoh75
Just call me: David
 
Taibao
Taiwan
Hi Joe, I am a little surprised with the ER16 collet. I bought one from china and it looks similar to yours, but mine has a ER20 collet. I paid about $500 without the inverter. Mine is also 3KW. I think there is a lot of copying going on because now I know of three seperate companies making a product that is almost identical. I bought mine on Ebay and was in communication with the seller for more than a month before I took the plunge. Hope everything works out for you.

David
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Old Tue 17 November 2009, 03:07
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
I spoke too soon, It did come with a ER 20 collet.
Now I wish that I would have waited a little longer, I paid $400.00 more than you.
You got a great deal!
Do You have yours running?

Joe
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Old Wed 18 November 2009, 08:31
liaoh75
Just call me: David
 
Taibao
Taiwan
Hi Joe,

Yes, mine is up and running and it works like a champ. I would test your spindle with compressed air and soapy water for leaks along the seams as my had a leak but the seller took care of me by sending me a new back end and also some more o-rings (Strange, but they don't use gaskets like most equipment I've seen running a liquid coolant. After that little two week snag, I have no complaints.

I had heard inconsistant things about the HY inverter so I opted not to buy it as a set, instead I was practically given a 5 HP inverter made by Rich Electronics and it works great.

Best of luck with your new spindle.

David
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Old Sat 05 December 2009, 19:52
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Mr Lasercut&bend has his own machine drawing pictures! #42 - Birmingham, AL

That is nice to know. I smoked my spindle, so I'm not able to make dust at the moment.
Ill try to post a video tomorrow.
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Old Sat 05 December 2009, 20:15
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Gerald hats off on this fine design. My pile of parts grows, so I'll be looking for a SN soon !!!

But here is Joe's Table (Cool Blue !!) Logo'd up and running the famous 1000 lines Mach3 Road Runner !!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g3V4LlR82I

Another Short One. I'll get another one once we get the Spindle going !!!

Exciting stuff for sure !!! Gota Love that glitter !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts2goSLVRVM
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Old Sat 05 December 2009, 20:38
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
I had to put together this thread for Joe, he was too modest to do it himself
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Old Sat 05 December 2009, 20:43
bradm
Just call me: Brad #10
 
Somerville(MA)
United States of America
The easy availability of parts from Joe was what got me started. Great to hear his MM is completed. Congratulations!
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Old Sat 05 December 2009, 21:14
Castone
Just call me: Leo #41
 
Soddy Daisy , Tn
United States of America
Cut

Good job Joe ! it looks great.
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 01:28
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Great Job Joe !!!!!

Do you have some more pics of your build you can post?

Now lets see more Video of #42 doin air laps around the table till the spindle is fixed !!! Congrats !!!!
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 01:33
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Joe,

Congratulations on your number and nice fancy paint job.
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 06:51
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Joe,
I must say - very nice work. I especially like your variation on the limit/stop block design. Easy and no super fancy bending needed! (it's also corner/hand friendly) Thanks for all the years of parts. I especially am happy with all mine!

Go Bama! Nice win over the Gators. ( I am a Nole!)
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 07:15
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Congratulations Joe on your MechMate and Serial Number 42. The Updated Builder's Log is here.

I'm especially happy to see you reach this milestone. You have been an especially fine contributor to the MechMate Forum with all the laser cut and bent parts that you have provided to so many MechMate builder's (including me.).

Please let me know the size of your MechMate (maximum cutting size) for the Builder's Log. Also, please review your entry and provide any changes you would like.
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 15:05
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Congratulations Joe!
Sorry to hear about your spindle. Whats the story there?
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Old Sun 06 December 2009, 17:28
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
#42

Thanks to "ALL" that has helped me along with my build. #42 has a good sound to it.
As far as the spindle goes, It's a mystery I'll break into later. Ill post more pictures of it making dust when the other spindle arrives.
Now to learn Mach, Vectric Aspire, and G-Code. Sounds like fun.

Joe
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Old Mon 07 December 2009, 19:46
myozman
Just call me: Mike #16
 
Demotte,IN
United States of America
Congratulations Joe,

Thanks for helping so many get started.

Mike
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Old Mon 14 December 2009, 01:55
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Joe,

In Mike's thread you mentioned you smoked your spindle, would you share what happened so others might learn from it?
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Old Mon 14 December 2009, 06:49
bradm
Just call me: Brad #10
 
Somerville(MA)
United States of America
Sounds like he's still waiting for the replacement spindle so he can sort out what happened. Joe, make sure you have your VFD set for the 400Hz the spindle wants, and not the 60Hz that's generally the default when the VFD comes out of the box.
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Old Mon 14 December 2009, 06:55
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
The 60Hz (3 600rpm) sounds like a good place to start - 400Hz (24 000rpm) would be too fast for a beginner and cold spindle?
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Old Mon 14 December 2009, 08:13
bradm
Just call me: Brad #10
 
Somerville(MA)
United States of America
Gerald, thanks for the clarification. What I was suggesting is that the maximum frequency and the base frequency of the VFD needs to be matched to the maximum frequency of the spindle (400Hz). Of course, you'd want to start out with a run frequency at some small percentage of that maximum speed - 60 Hz sounds fine for water cooled, although some say 100 Hz minimum for air cooled. I haven't laid hands on an air cooled, so I don't know for sure.

If you search cnczone, you'll find lots of stories of people (primarily with the HuanYang VFDs) complaining about hot, smoky, balky spindles when they failed to set this correctly before attempting to spin the spindle.

I'm certainly not a specialist in this area, but there's a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that when you tell the VFD that the motor's top frequency is 50 or 60hz when it's really 400hz, the VFD does the wrong thing, even at low speeds. I assume it affects the calculations the VFD makes about the length of the current pulses.
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Old Mon 14 December 2009, 09:27
jbmclain
Just call me: Joe #42
 
Birmingham, AL
United States of America
Just to let you know that it did start-up and ran for about 15-20 seconds. When I realized that the Colet wasn't tight, I turned it off.
When hitting the start button the second time, it spun-up for a second and a puffff$$$$ of smoke came out from the bottom.
I can say that when it was running it seemed to be fine.
My bear bottle test was under 40 seconds. Heat not an issue.

Does it take a specialty company to fix a spindle?
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