I searched on Google and Yahoo for info on the Anilam Crusader ML but didn't
come up with much. Does anyone here know it they are normally set up for
threading or spindle control? ...Or would those be a separate add ons to
I bought a cnc lathe with this control and the seller doesn't know anything
about it (he bought it at an auction). I won't get a chance to pick it up
until next Monday so I thought I would try to find any info I could about it
until I get machine & manual.
Any info/links would be appreciated!
I had one of those. It's been a few years, but here's what I think I
This was a bolt on unit that attached to a standard lathe in place of the
saddle. In my case, it came from the factory as an assembly on a Goodway
lathe. I think it had provision for an "s" call out, so I assume you could
control spindle speed. My lathe had a manual gear box, so the spindle speed
was ignored. M3,M4, and M5 worked just fine. Threading was possible because
my machine was fit with an encoder that tracked spindle rpms. It had a
manual chuck, so there was no safety to check for chuck closure. It did
control a coolant pump. I did all of my programming off line and
communicated by serial port. It was possible to program at the control, but
very cumbersome. You could only see one line of code maximum.
Here's some sample code, it's a bit strange.
N100 G29 T2001 X-3.925 Z-7.67 (offsets for tools given from home position)
(I always added these at the beginning for easy modifications, but could be
N102 G29 T2002 X -3.875 Z-7.5 ( tool 2)
N104 G00 G70 G90
N106 T0 (cancels tool comp so you can send the tool home)
N108 G0 X0 Z0 (sends the tool to home position. can be anywhere you set it)
N110 T01 (calls tool offsets set in line n100)
N112 S200 M03 (s was ignored on my machine)
N114 G29LV21 .0100 (feed rate at .010 per rev, model)
N158 G00 X0 Z0
I hope you have a book. Things like drilling codes were pretty weird, and
this is the only program I had left.
Yes, I believe it should do single-start threading. Any threading
requires a continually running spindle and a complete operation, as it
isn't "smart" as to indexing, but picks only the spindle speed to
I have a Clausing-Colcheter 15", and the manuals, but I am just about
to walk out the door going to the hospital for surgery. There is a
lot of information available for sale if you can find the right guy to
talk to at Anilam in Florida, including manuals at about $30 each as I
recall. If you get nowhere there, I will be glad to photocopy the
manuals when I return to a mobile state in a few weeks or so.
Please wait until late next week to write to me as a reminder, direct
AND BE SURE TO MENTION ANILAM CRUSADER in the subject line.
Thanks for the replies, I'm glad to know that it will likely have threading
capabilities, although 95% of the work I have for it could be done without
threading. I have an Anilam Crusader II on a mill and it has no spindle
control other than the E-Stop circuit. This will be my first experience
with a CNC lathe. I downloaded the Bobcad post for the control and it gives
me an idea of the controls capabilities by the canned cycle menu. I'm
supposed to pick up the Lathe Monday, hoping to get it set in place and at
least power to the control to see if it fires up.