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  • #33959

    Roger S
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    Hey guys,

    New here. Still waiting for some parts before I can begin assembly. It will be my first MPCNC build. I’m really excited about it.

    In the mean time I’ve been reading and studying a bunch. It looks like most people go with the DeWalt 660 and I’ve seen a few with the other spindle. Anyone have any experience with anything else? Anything quieter? Anything they’ve liked better?

    I was looking at this Makita. It’s about a pound lighter and similar in specs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I6NNAA/ref=psdc_552862_t4_B000051WQX

    Is there anything that works with variable speeds? I saw this one on Amazon which seems like it may work. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTGQEQC/ref=psdc_552862_t2_B00169VA9O And I’ve read people like this one on other CNCs, but I’m not sure something like this is possible on the MPCNC. https://www.amazon.com/Makita-RT0701C-1-1-Compact-Router/dp/B00E7D3V4S/

    Just looking for some feedback as it’s the last piece I’ll be picking up.

    #33962

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    The makita has a dust shoe that is a plus, but it is almost twice the price. You would also probably need to make a mount for it. I chose the 660 for the price and small diameter. The makita looks like a decent option if you can’t get the 660.

    #33965

    David Walling
    Participant

    The ability to use a 3/8″ collet would be nice. There’s some end mills I’d like to get that only seem to come in the larger collet sizes.

    I went with the DW660. I removed the quick chuck off the end of it so it’s just the bare spindle.

    I looked long and hard at some of the 550W spindles on Amazon. They’re supposed to be pretty quiet. I know I typically shut the garage door to try and keep from pissing off the neighbors when I have the machine running.

    #33966

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    It’s frequently pointed out about the noise, the shop vac is probably louder anyway. I use ear protection just for the shop vac, so I don’t mind the noise of the router. My toddler sleeps through it, but he slept through a fire alarm at daycare once, so maybe that’s not the best metric.

    #33977

    Barry
    Participant

    I have a 500watt spindle that I’m still waffling on swapping back to the dewalt 660. The spindle is really just an electric motor with a collet holder bolted on. Because of the collet holder, it has a really long shank. This acts like a lever, even with the spindle mounted as high as I can get it, I still have issues. I do like the quietness of the spindle though.

    #34146

    Michael P. Caputo
    Participant

    I’m a newbie here and this is my first question/post so be gentle.. 🙂

    I have a Craftsman 183-17252 All-in-one cutting tool. The specs are: 5 Amp, 20,000 & 30,000 RPM modes, 3/4hp, 1.7kg/3.75lbs. It takes 1/8″ and 1/4″ collets. Will this work on the CNC?

    #34154

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    looks similar enough, you will need to find/make a mount.

    Double check how bad the runnout is, these type of tools don’t usually focus on that so some are pretty poor.

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    #34159

    Michael P. Caputo
    Participant

    That was my next question, how do all these tools mount to the mounting plate?

    #34160

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I’m not clear on what you are asking.

    Using a 3d printed mount for your specific tool it usually gets clamped onto the tool, and then screwed into the tool mount plate with a few more screws.

    #34161

    Roger S
    Participant

    I just went and picked up the larger Makita https://www.amazon.com/Makita-RT0701C-1-1-Compact-Router/dp/B00E7D3V4S/ after chatting with a friend who told me how much he loves his. I was able to find others who have used it on the MPCNC along with some mounts so I’m excited to get building. I am getting my printed parts tonight and everything else should be here by Wednesday.

    #34262

    Derek P
    Participant

    The Makita is great, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

    Derek

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