While trying to track down slop in the x axis, it came down to the new big
headed screw that holds the nut in place was a bit too long and was
bottoming before it captured the nut and let it float .010". I have it down
to <.0005" of slop. Is this as good as I can expect? My brand new Kirk is
out a bit less than half a thou. also and I don't feel like chasing it.
Half a thou. here and there is going to add up pretty soon. Son-of-a-bitch!
Why can't things just be perfect!
Are you talking about backlash? You should be able to do good work on
a machine with .005" or .05" backlash.
In fact, if you're using a proper technique, backlash should be
entirely unimportant (although certainly annoying, of course). It is
not appropriate to reverse any axis feed without accounting for
backlash (even the knee). You must always account for backlash by
moving back and beyond your next position, and then approaching it
from the same direction as the previous position. While this may sound
like a lot of work, it is a requirement for fine work, and will become
second nature quickly.
Also, any axis which is not in motion *must* be locked during cutting.
Manual machines *will* move if not locked, regardless of backlash.
I apologize if I'm telling you things you already know and not
actually answering your question.
While the work you're doing will dictate the required accuracy, I
generally don't chase .0005" over 6". It's not trivial to truly hit
that with a surface grinder reliably without serious attention to
warpage and cleanliness of your fixturing/part.
I make it a habit of, after snugging the x-axis lock, giving the table
a good push/pull a couple of times to see if the gibs are tight enough
(with the DTI on the vice jaw). If you're seeing the needle on the DTI
weaving back and forth as you crank the x-axis, your gibs are likely
not adjusted correctly which will prevent you from squaring the vice
correctly, and will cause chatter and a loss of accuracy.
So far, everybody I asked said they would love only half thou here and
there. It's just that the BP is new and my expectations are high. I guess
it's a curse that the DRO has five digits to the right of the decimal point
and I don't believe that the scales are .00001 precise. I think I'll cover
those last two digits with some electrical tape.
My Accurite 3 had the ability to go 5 digits. I read the manual and
changed the jumpers for 3 +1, cause it was confusing the shit out of me.
Gunner, Gorton MasterMill, which makes a BP look like Gumby
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