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Old Wed 26 April 2017, 15:22
Just call me: Dangle
United Kingdom
UK based newbie saying hi

Hi everyone,

Love the forum! Lots to learn.

Little bit about me and why I am planning a build.

My Dad is about to retire and as a wood machinist of 20-30 years who wants to top up his pension we have devised a cunning plan for a small business idea, using a CNC router.

I have been trying to find a suitable CNC router but keep hitting issues with questionable quality, light duty structure, all the way to too high cost for the commercial level machines - as we will almost exclusively doing panel work, the 8x4 mechmate seems to tick a lot of boxes.

It helps I have just invested a lot of money into my man cave for metal working, so I have a big CNC mill (HAAS), a smaller CNC lathe (Denford) and smaller machines like welder, pillar drills and band saw etc. so I should be ok for most elements - the only thing I think I will be missing is a sheet bender able to handle the Z structure as that looks a little complex.

I have ordered a set of pre-bent parts from the UK based supplier, and was hoping to buy a load of other bits they might be willing to sell to help the build along, but they said they can't due to licence limitations- which is a shame, but I guess rules is rules and its good for the Mechmate owner to know the UK partner is playing fair.

I have to be honest, I am completely out my depth when it comes to the electronics, I understand what the bits do (at least major components) so I will likely ask a series of irritating questions over coming months. If any UK based Mechmater is out there that I could pop across to and have a look I'd be really grateful of the experience - I'll bring my go pro and record you talking me through the electrics for later reference and help.

I have a hankering to use clear path servos, but I'm not sure if that is a good idea or not...if I have to spend a few more on the setup but it saves hours of head scratching, I think that sounds good to me!

Anyway, much to do, really looking forward to progressing!

Last edited by Dangle_kt; Wed 26 April 2017 at 15:25..
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Old Wed 26 April 2017, 16:43
Just call me: Davey
Ball Ground, GA
United States of America
Welcome Dangle and best wishes on your build. Sounds like, you have all the tools to get it done.
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Old Thu 27 April 2017, 02:56
Tom Ayres
Just call me: Tom #117
Bassett (VA)
United States of America
Welcome Aboard! I do believe there are a few MM builders in the UK and I'm sure someone would lend a hand.
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Old Thu 27 April 2017, 03:23
Just call me: Mike
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Welcome aboard!!
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Old Fri 28 April 2017, 06:45
Just call me: Dangle
United Kingdom
Plans bought... BOM forming slowly
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Old Sat 06 May 2017, 10:49
jim coggan
Just call me: jim
United Kingdom
got a 10ft x 5ft frame for sale if interested, had to move out of my workshop so just dismantled mine, am in east yorks
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Old Tue 16 May 2017, 04:17
Just call me: David
United Kingdom
I am not very local but happy to answer anything i can.
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