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X-axis Power Drive

Discussion in 'ENCO & RONG FU IMPORTS' started by Hawkeye, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canada Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Even though I haven't been to work since I broke my shoulder in July, the boss sent me a good bonus with his Christmas card. When I was trying to decide what to use it for, I remembered that I would like to add a power drive to my mill/drill's X-axis. I ordered one off eBay and it arrived in only about a week. Since the eBay listing doesn't say which machines it will fit, I ended up with the wrong one. Good thing I have a machine shop.

    If I adapted the drive to fit on the leadscrew, I would have lost 6 or 7 inches of travel. Here's the original arrangement.
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    I made up an extension mount to give back the travel I would have lost.
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    And a shaft extension. Trial fitting the Woodruff key after cutting the slot.
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    Almost done.
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    Then, an adapter sleeve to mount the original dial.
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    I haven't used it much yet. I'm really looking forward to not having to turn the crank on long cuts.
     
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    calstar United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Really nice work! How do you like its operation? Brian
     
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    Hawkeye Canada Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    I use it all the time. It will turn slowly enough to give a good finish. I have to remember to release the X-axis locks because it has enough torque to move the table with the locks on. The rapid over-ride can move the table faster than I can crank by hand.
     

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