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05-01-2004 11:58 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Helifool

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I dont really know much about milling machines. I would like to see what kind of work is done with the use of a manual mill and lathe. Can anyone help me here?

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05-02-2004 03:47 AM  13 years agoPost 2
cforcht

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Chelsea in BFE Iowa

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there are a wide variety of parts you can make on the manual machines. but in my opinion it requires more skill to do it manually than letting the computer do it for you. i know this because ive done them both. the down side to manuals is it takes years of using them to get really good at it. but thats not to say you cannot make alot of the more simple parts with little or no skill it just takes more time. as you use them you will get more and more creative with what you can do on the manuals.

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05-02-2004 05:40 AM  13 years agoPost 3
the collective

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Bayside, NY, U.S.A

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I recently bought a Taig Micro Lathe II to make parts for converting CDROM motors into brushless airplane motors. I've done two motors so far, running them in Ikarus Shockflyers.

I'm planning some rotor head mods for my Caliber30, but I haven't cut any metal for that yet... I'm thinking of selling the Caliber and getting an EVO, so I don't want to get too involved just yet.

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05-02-2004 07:01 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Bushy

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Tucson, AZ

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Using an Enco mill and a DC motor powered Central 9x20 lathe I have produced:

Boom mount assy for my Co Pilot
Knurled round nuts, boom and bar clamp parts for my flybar lock
Milled a 60B carb to fit my OS 50 SX
Swash leveling jig
Fan holder assy for installing and removing from engine.
Crankshaft lock for OS 50
Collars for carbon push rods and pushrod ends
Mounts for dial indicator
Cyclic rings for my transmitters
Test stand
Motor mount
Flywheels
Prop hubs
Radiusing fixture for blades
Balancing platform
Milled flats in 4 mm flybars to fit Raptor 50
Replacement parts for shower door
Extended throttle lever
Customized the cup holders in my Honda van

The list goes on.

I buy scrap metal at a yard that specializes in non ferrous metals. Aluminium, brass, copper, stainless, titanium. Take your pick, a dollar a pound. I also collect scrap lexan, poly, teflon, delrin, and steel materials.

Let your imagination be your guide

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05-02-2004 10:44 AM  13 years agoPost 5
JCadwell

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Richland WA/ Morro Bay, CA

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A manual mill is going to limit most of your cuts or drills to right angles and straight liner. Cutting circles without a rotary table is almost not possible on a manual mill. There are special tooling ways to go about that, but most aren't within the realm of thought or pricing most people expect. CNC machines are so inexpensive these days compared to the past. I have a CNC Taig, and if I bought just their CNC ready machine I could have one running for 1500 or less.

Most of the money you will spend will be on tooling. Cutting tools, working holding, measurement tools, etc.

One of the nice things about a CNC mill is you can think in CAD before you cut. One of the nice things about a manual mill is you can make things quickly that just need to look "about right". My CNC is almost worthless for simple drilling and manual milling. The pitch of the screws is too fine, and the readouts are compromised for CNC use.

If you are considering a manual mill think about getting one that you can convert to CNC easily. Perhaps a taig, sherline, etc. Trying to convert a harbor freight machine is certainly possible, but results and price may vary.

Thanks, John Cadwell

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05-03-2004 10:11 AM  13 years agoPost 6
Helifool

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Thanks guys!

Does anyone by any chance have any pictures of work they produced or any work you have seen?

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