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    My new Grizzly mill came with the power feed attached. There was no paperwork concerning it and no model number listed for it. An accident caused the housing for this power feed unit to be broken. The unit is new, never used. I asked Grizzly to give me part number for the replacemt housing. Guess what, there is no part number as that hosing is NOT available as a part. They will sell me a whole new unit for $420 plus shipping. Also I asked if the housing for the separate power feed unit (G5964) will fit. I was informed that the housings are "not compatable."

    The housing is a zinc casting and is broken at the point were the motor housing attaches to the mill, the place were the maximum loads will occur. Haven't decide what to do but sure is bummer that they won't sell the parts needed to repair the items they sell.

    Bill
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  • #2
    Try JB weld! Gary P. Hansen
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    • #3
      Post a picture for suggestions. JB Weld is a good suggestion.
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      • #4
        Try JB weld first. If that doesn't hold, brazing will. The problem with brazing is that you will have to dissassemble it and there's electronics and bookoo widgets in there . Not to mention a re-paint.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CCWKen
          Try JB weld first. If that doesn't hold, brazing will. The problem with brazing is that you will have to dissassemble it and there's electronics and bookoo widgets in there . Not to mention a re-paint.

          I'm not to sure about brazing a zink diecasting but I have had a few TIG welded. Has to be done by someone that's an artist with a TIG

          Scott

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          • #6
            I hear zinc is nasty to weld or braze. How about machining a housing out of aluminum?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BigBoy1
              My new Grizzly mill came with the power feed attached. There was no paperwork concerning it and no model number listed for it. An accident caused the housing for this power feed unit to be broken. The unit is new, never used. I asked Grizzly to give me part number for the replacemt housing. Guess what, there is no part number as that hosing is NOT available as a part. They will sell me a whole new unit for $420 plus shipping. Also I asked if the housing for the separate power feed unit (G5964) will fit. I was informed that the housings are "not compatable."

              The housing is a zinc casting and is broken at the point were the motor housing attaches to the mill, the place were the maximum loads will occur. Haven't decide what to do but sure is bummer that they won't sell the parts needed to repair the items they sell.

              Bill
              Bill...I'm not sure if yours is the same feed unit as mine but if mine was to break, I'm pretty sure I could machine a plate that'd bolt the thing together with the new plate being the part that slides into the well and bolts on. Whoa...Is this for a mill/drill or a real mill? Mine's on a mill/drill.
              Russ
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              • #8
                I doubt if it's pure zinc. It's probably die cast and you can use the alumi-rod stuff. It's more like soldering. You'll still need to disassemble though. Or, you can strip the housing, flash copper plate then use plain ole solder.

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                • #9
                  I know you can weld (braze)this stuff. There's an old guy here who welds old car part castings etc...like door handles, hood orniments etc. He packs them in his old stash of powdered asbestos. He makes it into a sorta mud paste like mortar, puts it in a properley shaped can then pushes the part into the mud. Lets it dry a bit then welds it with somekind of alu braze rod as Ken said.
                  He does nice work and wanted to teach me how to do it but the powdered asbestos deal turned me off. He's covered in the stuff after he had the mold made to hold the part. Yukk...not for me...seen too much off that kind of crap already.
                  Russ
                  I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                  • #10
                    If you decide to try JB weld,embed some aluminum screenwire in the JB to add strength.
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      I would think if you did the JB Weld stuff and then topped it off with a sheet of 1/8th aluminum plate it would hold very well. Might be a good idea if doing it this way to put some 1/8 long pieces of 16 gauge wire in the corners and center so you can't squeese it too hard and "starve" the glue joint.

                      This JB stuff looks interesting. With a good release agent you should be able to work miracles on other projects. Sounds abit like Brownells Accraglass to me.
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                      • #12
                        First Thing to Do

                        Before I try any of the suggestions listed above, I'll try to see if I can get Grizzly to do something. Below is a letter I will send to Grizzly.


                        Mr. S. Balolia
                        President, Grizzly Industrial, Inc.
                        1821 Valencia St.
                        Bellingham, WA 98229

                        Dear Mr. Balolia,

                        I have heard only good reports about your company and its products. Based upon that information, I placed an order for about $10,000 of tooling. One of the items purchased was a G9902 milling machine with an attached longitudinal power feed. When the machine was unpacked, there was absolutely no provided paperwork or information on the longitudinal power feed unit. There is not even a model or item number provided.

                        As the results of an accident, the housing of the attached longitudinal power feed was broken. Since there was no information provided and consequently no part or model numbers, trying to explain to customer service what I needed was rather difficult. After several e-mail exchanges, I finally had to send a picture of the broken housing.

                        I was told that the housing I need is an item that is “unavailable.” I was also told that I would have to order a whole new and complete unit for $420 plus shipping and handling to get a working longitudinal power feed for my mill. I asked about using the housing for the Model H5964 Power Feeder and I was told that it was “not compatible.”

                        I find it rather disconcerting that there are 12 milling machines listed in the 2007 catalog, all using the same longitudinal power feed. If they all lack information on their attached longitudinal power feeds and spare parts are hard or impossible to obtain, there is going to be a lot more unhappy customers.

                        I would appreciate if you could look into this matter to see if you can rectify this situation.

                        Sincerely,



                        William Cogger
                        Bill

                        Being ROAD KILL on the Information Super Highway and Electronically Challenged really SUCKS!!

                        Every problem can be solved through the proper application of explosives, duct tape, teflon, WD-40, or any combo of the aforementioned items.

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                        • #13
                          Hi,

                          You might ask them if they ever get some 'fried' units returned, and that you'd be very happy if you were to get one of those for just the shipping charges...

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                          • #14
                            Bill.. You are doing it the right way. Grizzly like most other companies want a good name. They also want a bottom line. They want to take in much more than they put out. They will be stubborn to most as this has proven to make most people quit without really getting mad.
                            You need to stick to your guns, tell them you love their stuff and you buy loads of it and hope to make them your first choice always but the situation your in now has you a bit worried about how they do business and treat their customers. Always mention that you are an avid web bbs poster in the machining field and have heard loads of good stuff about Grizzly but you would hate to have to post a negative outcome with this problem as many new users use the web based bbs for guidance and this would not be a good look for Grizzly. Assure them you know they are going to do the right thing and get the needed part for your powerfeed. You will be pleased to post that outcome to your friends and others on the web.

                            I did this and received a full shipping refund for my mill (UPS freight kept setting appointments to drop off and never came or called) so I kept taking time off, losing money and was p*ssed. I know it was not Grizzlys fault but they hired them and they had to make it right. They did by giving me 300.00 back. Also I had thought I needed a few parts for my mill which like yours they had no part numbers or prices or way of getting it. After 2 weeks I had in my email all the exploded views of the mill(only they had it before that) part numbers and that they would special order them all from China for me.

                            Keep after them, you will get what you need.
                            Life Is Grand

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                            • #15
                              That's just wrong.

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