Once you start milling you quickly figure you “need” accessories. I got to the point where I “needed” a powerfeed for the X-axis.
As all good tightwads do, I poked around the net to see whether there was much success building them from scratch. While there was some – they lacked all the nice safety features like clutches and limit switches that the “real” ones feature.
So I figured I would need to part with some folding notes for this one. You can get them from Hare and Forbes, but I generally think they are poor value so I found exactly the same one new at Paramount Machinery for about, of, about $283 less (shipped to my door)!
Installation was pretty straightforward, after some translation of the Chinglish instructions.
Packaging was very nice:
You need to remove the left end handwheel – on my machine this was a single grub screw:
Then install the driven gear in its place:
The “small adaptor” (as they call it in the instructions) needs to be hung over the end of the table and clamped into position with the two bolts (one bolt head visible inch or so in front of my index finger). I just nipped these up until I had the powerfeed in position the the drive and driven gears engaged properly:
Then you can bolt the “large adaptor” onto the powerfeed drive unit with the socket head cap screws. Again, I just nipped these up until the whole unit was mounted and aligned:
And fit the business end up to the small adaptor:
Then it was time to fit the limit switch and stop blocks:
The plastic stop blocks are rubbish, next time I have some bar stock out I will remake them in steel or aluminium:
Thats it! I have loosely cable tied all the cables back until I see where they go (and catch up on) while the mill is in use.
Very happy with this purchase, should make machining a lot less taxing from spinning handwheels.