Waste of floor space IMO.
Hard to make any money if you have to constantly hover over a machine
sweeping up chips, changing tools by hand, etc.
The Torq-Cut 22 might be worth while if not for the POS DX-2 controller
that damn near brought Bridgeport to its knees about 10 years ago.
When a business is auctioned off, usually there's good reason....
Yep, but an enterprising guy can design and build sheet metal enclosures.
Don't ask me how I lnow that.
You'd also want to throw out the POS control on an old Hurco.
And the servo's.
Great value today would be an old Rambaudi, OKK, Droop and Rein, or SNK.
Especiallly the D&R.
I'd want to buy an integrated package for one thng.
They are DC for another, at least I believe they were in that vintage.
The iron was about the only thng worth having and that is marginal given the
Glorified Bridgeport comes to mind.
Were it me, I'd hold my fire while scrounging around for something really
Heidenhain, for instance, makes a plug and play retrofit for the older 5
axis JOBS milling machines.
Cables, servos and all.
Boeing surplussed a boat load of these and you can have them for little more
than the cost of tigging and transport today if you can find one.
Cool stuff for a garage.
Siemens has a kit for old DC Droops.
You'd need a floor....
Their small machine would fit in a garage but they weighed in at #38,000.
27 Kw geared head and ball screws all the way back to 1967. Just needs a
control and drives.
You could climb cut all day long with 2 inch diameter HSS end mills.
Near as I can tell the servos are fine (and plenty powerful) on mine, but
the encoders are crap by today's standards. Heck, two out of three of them
fell apart. The third one might when I get around to taking it off. Its on
the top of the spindle screw and its awkward to get to, but away it goes
when I get there. Not enough resolution either.
Yep. I like the Sandvik R390 insert. Run it dry and it puts all the
heat in the chip. Even 4140 comes off red hot. But I haven't got room
in my crowded home shop for full enclosures. So I just put up a piece
of sheet metal. At least for an HSM open machines make it easier to
work on oversize parts.
Now, I would like a tool changer. My lathes have one and its real
handy. Maybe someday for the mill.
Yep a tool changer would sure be nice. Probably never do it on the mini
machines, but I have an idea for the Hurco. Have a couple ideas that I need
to experiment with when the retro is done.
I made open top full enclosures for the mini mills. The Hurco will get a
fence enclosure on the table when I get everything else figured out.
Something that will set inside the outermost boundary of the table. Won't
be as good for spray, but then at a third the RPM it won't need to be.