The time has come for me. After way too long of a research I pulled the trigger on the order for the first parts. It is just screws but it makes me quite exited. My biggest hazzle was to find the right spindle since I didn’t want to buy a clone or a china spindle as my first one. Because I thought if something is wrong with them I would never find out because I lack the experience. (That is also why I go with the standard build volume of 600x600x7) So I thought my only option is the Kress with the hefty price of 250€. But now I found this one from Makita and on paper it looks alot like the Dewalt 660 and can also be found for about 60€.
Makita 3709. (Can’t include a link)
It has 530 W, the Dewalt has 550 W, the rpm are similar and so is the build size. Also I like Makita, they build great power tools. Has anyone of you already used this? I think this one fits even better than the RT0700 and is only half the price.
There are adapters/inserts that can convert 6mm to 3mm or 1/8". They are not recommended though, since they can add wobble to the spindle. I got one of those from Aliexpress, and will try them out and see if they suffice.
Yeah, I am also worried about the wobble. I guess for the beginning 6mm endmills is all I will use and if I get the hang with them, I will see what my options are.
Would be awesome if you could report back with your experience.
FWIW I ended up getting a Bosch, and picking up a collet from http://www.elairecorp.com/
They are more expensive than the aliexpress ones, but they’re just as good as OEM so no worries about wobble. They make various sizes for most brands of routers.
Also on my part printing comes along well, the table is finished and I gotta say the Makita router already payed off. Even if I won’t use it in the MPCNC for long, it is a great machine to smooth out corners and I love it. But first I gotta save up some more. This project develops into a bigger money drain than I expected. I need a table therefore I need (want) a circular saw, but I can only work in the evening when it is dark so I need a proper light and a cable roll because there is no plug around. It just goes on and on :D. So far this turned into a huge justification to buy more and more tools.
I actually sold my gaming pc to upgrade to a better 3d printer - I don’t regret it at all. It’s much better for my mental health to play with tinkering and creating stuff, than vegetating in front of a screen. The new obession on the other hand - is like you say, needing more tools to make things so that the machine can machine the parts for new machines - and so on and so on… a real life game for grown-ups!
When I met my wife I was studying stage management and technical theater with access to a fully equipped scene shop. One of the first gifts I gave her was to solve an ergonomic issue with her desk that I threw together in a few minutes in that shop.
A couple of years later, after graduating, we were watching New Yankee Workshop , and she said “Why don’t you make that sort of stuff for me anymore?” and I said “Okay, let’s estimate the cost of each tool he uses to get that done.” I went the Stage Management rather than tech carpenter path, so didn’t have shop access anymore.
Been equipping my home shop for a while now, and with the exception of a couple of uni-taskers (can’t justify a standalone mortiser or dedicated pocket screw cutting table) and settling for home-size rather than industrial capacity (little bandsaw rather than resawing monster), I think I could probably pull off most of Norm’s projects. Then again, he didn’t have a K40 laser “engraver” or 3D printer to play with. MPCNC is next on my “play” list.