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    Re: Power Draw Bar build

    Actually it seems pretty reasonable, considering the Tormach unit which appears to be identical sells for 1295.00.
    https://tormach.com/power-drawbar-pcnc-1100-31706.html
    You always have to...
  2. Re: What is going on with Shoptask/Shopmaster/Chicago Lathe?

    I e-mailed JT about the name changes and he explained that for the first 20 years of business they were known as Shoptask, then in 2020 they changed the name to Shopmaster, now, after the second 20...
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    Re: Mill Turn warped table

    When in manual, you have a reverse button on your VFD keypad, but yes, if you want the manual function to go the correct direction without having to remember the reverse button, then you can swap any...
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    Re: Mill Turn warped table

    Interesting about the DRO calibration- we never had any issue with the accuracy on ours- when we did the initial setup, we checked the DRO against a dial indicator first.
    Regarding the spindle...
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    Re: Mill Turn warped table

    Reverse operation of the spindle is a simple matter of changing a setting in mach 3- go to Config, spindle pulleys and just change the setting in reversed box . Yes, the DRO mounts need to be...
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    Re: BT30 or R8/TTS?

    Pretty basic question- If you don't mind changing the tools by hand, the TTS is fine. But if you plan on an automatic tool changer system, the BT 30 is essential.
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    Re: V8 Inverter Error Code 10

    Check your small control knob for damage- when lifting the bench legs off on our unit we accidentally hit the control knob and pushed it in- it was also giving us an error code in manual mode but...
  8. Thread: Relays

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    Re: Relays

    What machine do you have? If you have a CNC machine with Mach 3 and Gecko drive, Gecko has outputs for control of external devices. Some of the newer machines like Mill Turn have pre-wired plugs...
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    Re: Threading on a Patriot Shopmaster

    My Mach 3 has a message showing its a licensed version on screen. Seems like you would have noticed that being missing.
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    Re: Threading on a Patriot Shopmaster

    I think you would have gotten a quick answer if you had just said " I'm trying to thread in demo mode" Sometimes a less detailed question will get you to the solution sooner.
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    Re: Tormach promo's

    Try this promo code TRUMPTARIFF it raises the price 25%
  12. Re: Running 2 stepper motors off a single drive

    Just found this thread-
    I have a machine running the Gecko 540 and Mach 3. Currently I am running a 400 OZ/IN motor on the Z axis, but I need a more powerful motor so I can change the drive pulley...
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    Re: Tormach 770 - Minimum Starter Setup

    If you are just learning, why not just buy one of those Chinese gantry routers from E-bay- you can get simple ones from 500.00 up to heavier ones that cut aluminum for 2000.00. They will teach you...
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    Re: ARE SMITHY MACHINES USED / REBUILT?

    Customs does choose the category, that is done by the import broker, but customs officers being bureaucrats are less than efficient in verifying that all documents are correct, so a clever importer...
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    Re: ARE SMITHY MACHINES USED / REBUILT?

    The bill of lading is pretty clear that they are used/rebuilt machines- but it's an old thread, maybe before you went to work for them. Actually there is a market for the 3 in 1 machines in the...
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    CHICAGO LATHE MACHINES

    I just came across this website. Anyone know anything about them? Machines look pretty interesting and good prices.

    www.chicagolathe.com
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    Re: ARE SMITHY MACHINES USED / REBUILT?

    Tracing that old link supplied by Flatheadford49- here is a copy of one of your orders-


    Bill of Lading

    SHIPPER
    Shandong Linyi Jinxing Machine Tool
    Co.,ltd. Northern Section Of Hu Xi ...
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    Re: ARE SMITHY MACHINES USED / REBUILT?

    Maybe a demo they had in their showroom for a few years and they figured- " it's not really used machine since it was never sold"
  19. Thread: 2015 Mill Turn

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    Re: 2015 Mill Turn

    Regarding the DRO, they have made a software change in 2017 so that with a push of a button, the DRO display switches from lathe to mill mode and eliminates that confusion over which axis to read. I...
  20. Re: Some help with a buying decision on a Bridgemill

    It depends on how it's fitted out. Some of the Bridgemills with full CNC, DRO and ball screws went for around 5K in those days. But even a standard one in good shape is a better unit than the new...
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    Re: Newbie to CNC with a eBay 3040

    I have the same machine- see my thread under " CHINESE ROUTER SOFTWARE"
    I got the installation disc, but it has an error and the printed manual is illegible and written in "Chinglish". I contacted...
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    Re: CHINESE ROUTER SOFTWARE

    I actually found a series of screen shots showing all the setups in Ports & Pins for all the selections. As I said before, the stepper are energized, but I'm not getting the step signal to make...
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    Re: CHINESE ROUTER SOFTWARE

    Thanks,
    But I already have a licensed copy of Mach 3.
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    CHINESE ROUTER SOFTWARE

    HI-
    I just picked up a Chinese mini router 20 X 30 size from E-Bay. The name on the sticker is CNCEST. It was delivered out of Ontario Ca. in just 3 days, and was nicely packaged and ...
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    Re: Come on Tormach - We Want a Mini Slant Pro

    I wouldn't hold my breath on that one unless about 500 other guys tell Tormach the same thing. They tried that with the Duality lathe which was just a 500.00 mini lathe you had hoist onto the mill. ...
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    Re: Whats going on with the TORMACH warehouse?

    Employee owned is one of those things that sounds good in theory, like a hippie commune, but seldom works in practice. A small company needs a leader with a vision to make it work- relying on a...
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    Re: Well, my Tormach finally came in.

    Curious- was it shipped from Wisconsin or somewhere else?
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    Re: Whats going on with the TORMACH warehouse?

    My guess is that they are shipping their machines from a bonded warehouse at the port of entry. In that way, they save the cost of transportation from the port to their own warehouse, stocking and...
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    SHOPMASTER PATRIOT FOR SALE ON E-BAY

    Shopmaster is selling a trade-in Patriot on E-Bay.

    SHOPMASTER PATRIOT VFD CNC LATHE AND MILL | eBay
  30. Re: what is a Shopmaster Eldorado currently worth

    You can get gears and belts from Shopmaster and most everything else. Value will really depend on condition and if everything is complete and working. They come up on E-Bay every so often, and...
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