Just wondering what the panel think to an idea before I start cutting metal or spending money. I'm very pleased with my Bestcombi 2000 (saw, planer/thicknesser, spindle molder, etc.) but I hardly ever use the spindle molder so I'm wondering about modifying it to be a router, but with the option of reverting back. The current speed is 6500 RPM so needs increasing. The spindle shaft is too high to mount a collet chuck so needs reducing in height.
- Remove the top 50mm (the part that the molder block fits on) from the spindle. Make/buy a collet chuck and attach it to the reduced spindle.
- Replace the 1400 RPM 1ph motor with a 2800 RPM 3ph motor and inverter. Increase the diameter of the pulley by about 30%.
- Modify the piece removed from the spindle so it can be reattached if I need to use the molding block.