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Machine Adjustment Order

Discussion in 'GOOFS & BLUNDERS YOU SHOULD AVOID!' started by JPigg55, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. JPigg55

    JPigg55 United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Had a bit of a GOOF today.
    I remounted my vice on my mill and proceded to tram it in and managed to get it dead on this time.
    However, as I was tramming, I noticed a bit of "Wiggle" in the table.
    I spent the next couple hours adjusting all the gib screws getting out all the wiggle and making sure it moved smooth in all directions.
    Problem is that the tram is now off so I'll have to re-tram it before I can start my next project.
    Next time I have a wiggle, hopefully I'll remember to adjust gibs before tramming.
    Do any of you more experienced out there have any General Check for your machines and recommendations for order of adjustment ???
     
  2. T Bredehoft

    T Bredehoft Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Order of adjustment? No, I always do it wrong, (as you just did).
     
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    JimDawson Global Moderator Staff Member Director

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    I just kind of check things over everytime I use the mill and adjust as needed. Things like wiggle in the table normally shows up as chatter or some other ugly thing.

    From the tone of your post, it sounds like you need more experience tramming your vice. :) With some jobs I might have my vice(s) on and off 2 or 3 times in a day. Normally only takes a couple minutes to mount and tram it.

    I normally snug one bolt a bit, and then just bump the vice with my hand to rotate it as I'm moving the table. Once in tram, then I tighten both bolts and recheck. <0.001 in 6 inches is plenty good, I don't try that hard to get it to zero. I use a 0.0005 reading indicator.
     
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    If you put keys into the bottom of your vise that are accurate and fit vise and table snugly, simply dropping the vise onto the table gets it to within .001" over 6". After a couple times mounting it, you will know which way to bump the wrench end of the vise to get it dead nuts and repeatable, with no indicator and no time wasted chasing the vise around the table with a hammer. At least that is how it works for me. I take my vise off and move it around on the table all the time, no big deal...
     
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    Good instructional video on Tom's Techniques site.
     
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    tertiaryjim Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    When the machine is clean and lubed, even one that is cheap or worn-out, it will change little over time.
    If you have to check or adjust it often, then theres a problem that needs to be corrected.
    Jim Ds explanation for vice tramming is how I do it.
     

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