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Old Mon 15 May 2017, 03:50
Just call me: Dangle
United Kingdom
UK based build begins with a massive leg up

After posting on here about my build planning, I was contacted by a UK based member who had to sell up due to limited space - his build hadn't been used in a while and was in peices, it also wasn't exactly what I was after, being 10x5 rather than 8x4, it was a plasma cutter not a router and it was using motors/controllers I wasn't considering....

That said, the steel structure was all there, running v groove bearings, rack and pinion drives and all steel construction, the time saving was well worth the monetary costs of buying it as a going concern.

Jim arrived at mine on Sunday, and what a lovely fella he was.

We unloaded (man - those side rails are heavy!) and put it all in my garage for storage until I can move into my workshop rental next month.

I'll get some photos, but from the looks of it, I need new wiring, controller and maybe motors, new router specific z assembly, spindle, bed material, extraction and a load of paint to get it looking like new again...along with a set of mechmate decals of course!

All in all I am absolutely chuffed, and realise I am cheating massively!

What it means is that I can short cut the build, and focus on the bits I don't know how to do myself (as I can cut steel and weld reasonably well already so I wasn't really looking forward to those bits!) - so by doing the electronics myself I should be able to trouble shoot any issues that arise in use as I will have built/assembled all the bits that are likely to break.

I'm still not decided on stepper vs clearpath servos... if I'm honest, it's the cost of the clearpaths complete kit that is putting me off, and the build came with NEMAs fitted which I could use in a pinch to get me going, so at cheapest its power supply, controller, smooth stepper, wiring...

I'll get some photos up once I am moved into the new shop, if anyone wants me, I'll be at the physio getting my back sorted after pretending to be able to lift stuff yesterday
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Old Mon 15 May 2017, 05:12
Just call me: John #26
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Welcome. Sounds like a "win-win". Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Old Tue 16 May 2017, 00:59
Just call me: Al #114
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I hope you don't get too many headaches to go with your backache.
Was that the frame from York ?
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Old Tue 16 May 2017, 04:23
Just call me: Dangle
United Kingdom
It was from Yorkshire, not sure exactly where as it was delivered. I was just kidding about getting a sore back, though I will be hiring/buying a engine hoist for putting it together
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