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  • #26936
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    Jens
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    Hey!

    I just ordered all the parts for the mpcnc yesterday, and am now in the need to decide, what spindle to use. At first I thought about just putting my Dremel to it, but it seems, that this is not the best option.
    Import Spindles, like the one linked on the specifications tab seem to got for 120€+, if I don’t buy them directly in china. The Kress 530 is around 140€ here, so I would prefere that over the imported one.

    My main question is: Is the 530W spindle enough? The 1050 is at around 190€, the 800 at around 170€. When 530W is enough, I save the money, if its the limit, I am willing to spend alittle more.

    Any options?

    Thanks, Jens

    #26937
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    I bought a Makita RT0700C for €135,- (https://www.amazon.de/dp/B007NZHNX2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_W9XMybWZDWE04)
    You can see (and hear!) it in action: https://goo.gl/photos/DJf4XHNopkzHX2qn6
    I’m sure I can get much faster, but I “finished” my mpcnc just this weekend and this was my second thing I milled.
    Good side effect of the Makita, you can also use it as a normal router.

    /erik

    #26938
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    The reason I spent a little more to get the 1050, is that it has computer controlled speed, and it can mill a lot slower than the smaller versions.
    I do not know if that was a wise decision, I am just learning about this stuff,…

    I haven’t regretted it so far. Very nice build quality.

    #26998
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    Thanks for the input! I like the Makita approach. That way I have a reason to finally buy a handheld machine for some rougher woodwork!

    #27003
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    Dennis Wright
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    I’m in the UK so still in Europe, just!
    I have the makita Rt0700CX4 and getting used to it, happy so far but be aware mine came with 1/4″ and 3/8″ collets and I had to order separately 6 and 8mm collets but note they do not supply 1/8″ or 3mm collets so that will limit your choice of bits.
    I spent a merry Wednesday playing with an old fashioned lathe and milling machine making a 1/8″ collet and now I’m waiting for some 1/8″ bits to arrive to see if it works. If it does I will publish the drawing with dimensions.

    Dennis

    #27005
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    When I order it in germany, I would think, they put in metric collets instead of imperial ones. On the 1/8″ version you are right. Found that out yesterday too 🙁 Would be great, if you have something available, so I find someone with the right machines, so I can build one my own.

    #27006
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    My Makita (bought in Germany) was delivered with 6mm and 8mm collets. But I think you can buy one of these http://cnc-plus.de/en/Collets—Clamping-Nuts/6-0mm-Reducing-Collets–Adapter-Collets-for-Spindle-Motors-.html to reduce the diameter e.g. to 1/8″.

    #27016
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    I just ordered mine. I ordered the CX2 Version, with all the extra stuff to use it as hand-device. Description is talking about a 6mm and a 8mm collet.
    Thanks for the tip, Erik, bookmarked that!

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    #29468
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    Yeah, I am using 1/8″ bits too and it is working great!

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