Mini mill CNC
Mini mill gears
I bought one of these in April 2002 from Chester
Tools, the importers in the UK. Out of the box, the machine needs a
bit of setting up, but is sturdy and can carry out proper work on a small scale.
This is the same machine that is sold in the US by companies like Grizzly
I have to give the LittleMachineShop.com folks a plug as
their service is fantastic, as is their range of spares for this mill.
They even ship to the UK!
||CNC Conversion: Overcome by the idea of CNC power, it seemed like a good
idea to convert the mill to CNC operation. It's a long term project,
click here to see how things are getting
||Gears: The mini mill is equipped with plastic reduction gears.
Unfortunately, mine decided to digest its
gearbox - not uncommon with these machines. When I get the
machine up and running again, I plan to make some metal gears to avoid
this kind of "fun" in future.
||Future plans: One of the precursors for putting CNC on the mini mill
has got to be a fix for the Z axis. In standard form, it's pretty bad...