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  1. #13
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    oh so when you do the belt conversion you actually remove all the gears but the motor and spindle gear? Also isn't the spindle gear plastic? I don't want that to sound sarcastic. It is an honest question. I have yet to see a belt drive in person.
    Wouldn't the gears be better to have when milling 1018 or does the belt take care of that pretty easy?

    In any event i may be ordering the belt drive, as the THMS is delayed in shipping. Ordered gears on 1/04/08 and paid for 1-2 day shipping and still no gears. I did hear from dan last night through e-mail and found that the holidays have played a role in the delay. No harm no foul but the machine is sitting idol. So that may be the next step if the gears do no arrive today.

    More info or a link to a post on the actual installation of the belt drive and removal of gears would be appreciated.

  2. #14
    Here is the steele belt conversion I have.
    http://www.stirlingsteele.com/beltdrive.html

    I bought mine from LMS for the same price as steele has on his site.
    One pulley on the motor and one on the spindle ... That's it! No gears plastic or metal. VERY QUITE!!!!!

    Bill
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    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by krymis View Post
    oh so when you do the belt conversion you actually remove all the gears but the motor and spindle gear? Also isn't the spindle gear plastic?
    It sounds like you may be thinking that there's still some gearing going on inside the spindle box after the belt conversion. There isn't. Two stationary gears stay on the spindle but they don't engage anything after you remove the sliding gears. The procedure for removing the gears is in the installation manual. I managed to do it without separating the spindle box from the seat, as instructed, though.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Mill.jpg  

  4. #16
    Yup!

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    gentlemen,

    that is exactly what i needed to clarify. I did think there were still gears left in place to help drive the spindle. That makes a lot more sence now. Thank you for your help.

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    Yup, there are no gears driving the spindle at all just the 2 pulleys. You can (if you want) remove the gears from the spindle, but it's not necessary for the function of the conversion.

    Bill
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    F.Y.I. the hobbyist machine store gears are still not here. Tomorrow will be a full week since placing a 1-2 day delievery order. A gentleman from the store e-mailed me on tuesday to let me know that the postage was paid on saturday but the package did not go out until monday. Understandable being the holidays. However when you pay for a 1-2 day delievery and expect it to be there, it erks you. Ok so now on to today still no gears as this would have been day 2 of travel if it went out monday. I am slightly irritated that my machine is sitting dormant from a part that was suposed to be shipped 1-2 day arrival. As for the order on the gears I do believe i am going to have to cancel or return them and overnight a belt drive from LMS. So much for trying to get a new product for review. I need my machine up and running as i have a few parts i need to make.

    Sorry for PMSing on the board but i am very upset A. my gears are not here, B. there is no phone number to talk to an actual person and find out where the confirmation number is, to track the package. (nuts)(chair)

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    krymis,

    I hear you on the shipping. I bought 4 sirius radios for Christmas gifts and they were to arrive a week before Christmas, but ... some how they didn't get the free 3 day shipping and were sent pony express and arrived on the 27th. Well long story short, I returned them and also for my troubles and hassle to get new gifts in time, they gave me $75.00 credit to my account.

    Point being ... If you were supposed to get 1-2 day shipping ... that's what you should have and if they cannot do it ... then they need to compensate you if they want to get future sales from you. Otherwise ... tell them to go pound sand!

    Bill
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    well after asking for a refund and getting it, the gears came in this morning. I did not receive any discount on future purchases that i know of yet. I would hope that they could do something for me as i will be buying their mini lathe gears. Anyways pics will be up tonite. I will also post the pics of the x and y parts. They are ready to go on. Only real toughy is indicating my 7x12 mini lathe and cutting the ballscrews.

  10. #22
    Well then tell them that you want to return the mill gears (say you got them from else ware or whatever you want to tell them. Also let them know that your not to happy with them and that your willing to try them again if they want to make things right and they need to send you the lathe gears and to put a pre-paid shipping label in the box to return the mill gears.

    Or Call Chris at LMS and order the gear drive for the mill and the gears for the mini lathe. They have excellent service! But hey, I never need their delivery as I just swing by before work and get what I need. The only down sides are, Uncle Sam and his greedy fingers in my pockets and I always see more than I came in for!

    Damn you CHRIS!!!!!!!

    Bill
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    well here are pics of the hobby shop.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails HPIM0789r.jpg   HPIM0796r.jpg   HPIM0797r.jpg  

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    The Jim Beam will come in handy!

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