Machine has been ordered on or about 7/8/2012, supposed to be here on 7/15/2012. Spending most of the weekend clearing out the garage and reading about the different kits available to convert.
As with a lot of these types of things, you need heavy tools (a CNC would be useful) to make a CNC , parts of the saddle have to be ground out for the ballscrews apparently.
My choices were go with a pre built like the Tormach or Precision Matthews etc, grab a pre conversion from Craigslist, get the CNC Jnr from craiglists the guy has been bringing the price down steadily ( Don't buy it!, they're not good mills) , shame since they're "made" locally.
Sometimes you want the machine, not to have another project to make a machine, but we're looking about 10K for a Tormach, $4,500 - 6000 for a G07040 pre made conversion, or about $2500 for a do it yourself. The machine is about $1,200 shipped, CNC kits are about $700. A bunch of people make them, but they're all pretty much just mom and pop outfits and are just snowed. I haven't decided which one to get yet, there is the cncfusion, or cncconversions etc. I've read most of the internet about all the different mills is and the info i came up with is that after you've read all the reviews, they're either a don't buy, or a 50/50 love/hate. Unless its a used bridgeport knee mill thats been converted (there are lots around here but lots of competition and a bit bigger than i wanted).
Hoss seems like a guy who has put a lot of effort into the conversion and these types of mills.
Anyway I guess i have to pop to HF and pick up a 2 tonne engine lift as well this weekend, time to dig out those 20-25% off coupons.
Great write-up. Your posts caught my eye when I saw the photo of the metal store in Phoenix. I love that place! I'm like a kid ina candy store there. Was just there a couple weekends ago getting some aluminum for my G0704 CNC "Hoss" conversion (so nice to have a place like that open on Sat mornings). I'm near Sedona, so a bit of a drive for me but worth it.
Thanks for sharing.
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