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  • How about this for a first cnc mill?

    Just wanted to get some opinions on this little mill.

    I was looking locally at a saber 750 but it was just too much work to try and get it in my garage.

    This on the other end of the scale is pretty small and manageable.

    What do you guys think? This would be my first cnc mill. Likely drip feeding most of the programing

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Compumill-15...item415dce43ae

    Compumill 1500 Vertical Bed Milling machine

    Dynapath Delta 20 CNC
    3 H.P. Spindle Motor
    Low Rang 60-580 RPM
    High Range 500-4500 RPM
    Q5 Aluminum Cylinder by Hydro-Line for head assist counter balance
    Automatic Lube
    Align Air Power Drawbar
    Baldor Servo Motors
    Copley Servo Amplifiers
    Travels

    X = 24.5 inches
    Y = 12 inches
    Z = 13.9 inches
    Table Size = 42 inches long, 9 inches wide

    Last edited by legendboy; 09-29-2011, 06:52 PM.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

  • #2
    Anything available with a fixed head locally to you ?

    I'm not a big fan of the standard turret mill converted to CNC, why do you need a nod and tilt head on CNC ? it just reduces the rigidity.
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    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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    • #3
      Rigging and shipping will kill you machine is located in Massachusetts USA.

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      • #4
        Pop me an a message via my web page
        www.motorworks88.webs.com

        may know of one a little closer
        e
        please visit my webpage:
        http://motorworks88.webs.com/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John Stevenson
          Anything available with a fixed head locally to you ?

          I'm not a big fan of the standard turret mill converted to CNC, why do you need a nod and tilt head on CNC ? it just reduces the rigidity.
          Look closer,it's a bed mill,notice the counter balance cylinder next to the head.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            Looks like a nice little machine. Bed mill is nice, not relying on a quill for Z. Servos are good and it has a real control.

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            • #7
              Is it just me or does this seem a little high priced for this type of machine with older control system? I'm not that familiar with the brand.

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              • #8
                From what i read these were a pretty decent machine in their day

                Originally posted by duckman
                Rigging and shipping will kill you machine is located in Massachusetts USA.
                yea, i have a pretty good customs broker that can find me some good deals. but likely looking at a grand for sure + rigging

                this mill is on Helix Automation website for 12.5k

                i was thinking if i could get it for 5k it might not be too bad of a deal


                i am kinda upset having to pass on the saber 750 for 3.5k. wifey no like me dismantling the garage to get it in
                https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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                • #9
                  For a fully operational machine with a real control the price is not bad. Look at the prices that Prolight mills bring, almost 3k with a pc control and steppers and they are tiny.

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                  • #10
                    I used to think that stepper and Mach3 were not that bad, but after seeing some "real" CNC mills in action, I find the buzzing and jerky motion of a Tormach to be rather annoying.

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                    • #11
                      I worked on a lot of Compumills in my first shop. They were older than many of our other mills but were nice, well-built machines and were heavily used. Last time I went back there they were still running them on two shifts, twenty years after I first used them. We had several different models, all larger than this one.

                      We also ran Dynapath 20 controls on them. It’s a very easy to use controller and would be a good choice to start on.

                      I had a chance to pick one up a few years ago for $500 and have been kicking myself about passing on it ever since.

                      George
                      George
                      Traverse City, MI

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                      • #12
                        Make sure Dynapath is still in business. If not, you could wind up with nothing more than a very large boat anchor.

                        I just purchased a Tormach PCNC1100, and so far, it has done everything I have askes it to do. It does everything my Haas or FADAL would do and it didn't cost $75,000.00. I got in it for less than $15,000.00 nicely tooled.

                        I had a couple of 3 inch import vises, and that works for me. I don't want to do large parts any more.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by motorworks
                          Pop me an a message via my web page
                          www.motorworks88.webs.com

                          may know of one a little closer
                          e
                          Sent you an email thru your site this morning. Thanks!

                          Originally posted by Steve Seebold
                          Make sure Dynapath is still in business. If not, you could wind up with nothing more than a very large boat anchor.

                          I just purchased a Tormach PCNC1100, and so far, it has done everything I have askes it to do. It does everything my Haas or FADAL would do and it didn't cost $75,000.00. I got in it for less than $15,000.00 nicely tooled.

                          I had a couple of 3 inch import vises, and that works for me. I don't want to do large parts any more.
                          I have a friend that has a Tormach. He seems to like it but I can't spend that much on a machine unfortunately



                          Thanks for the replies guys, I appreciate it
                          https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by George Bulliss
                            I had a chance to pick one up a few years ago for $500 and have been kicking myself about passing on it ever since.

                            George
                            Thats how I am feeling about the saber
                            https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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