thavg said:So, can this be done on the squareheads? I understand there is a rapid push-button so it's on-off. Can one creep to position with intermittent pushing of the rapid button? Or do you stop safely far from your work and then play with the variable-feed knob to creep to position?
Easy tell if there is a feed shift dial on the side of the main column.All good thoughts--thank you. This is prob a rudimentary question, but do only Active machines have DC feed motor? My understanding is that later models all had it, not just Active. If that's true, how can you tell by looking at the machine...square head?...or do you have power it and see that the feeds run w/out main motor running?
Peter, thanks for the offer, but I really wanted the horizontal quill feed, which the FP4's sadly didn't have.
Much appreciated on the specific recommendations. I’ll certainly look into them. Thanks as well to others on this thread for the help.To OP: if I were in the hunt for an FP3 style machine, I would go for the latest model you could aquire, the DC feed is very useful, infinitely variable speed and very convenient. Actually, I would be looking at a new FPS machine like the FPS 630M-NC. There are many classes of machining problems that just can only be done with CNC. And while the idea of having both manual and CNC on the same machine is attractive, these days having manual only can limit what you can make.
AND, I'd also recommend you look at Kunzmann, very similar to the Deckel machines but all modern configuration and backed by an excellent company (now owned by Weiller who do the best manual lathes in germany). Kunzmann FYI has USA distributor (Monarch Lathes, who also source the Weiller lathes as well).
FP2/3 heads fit and have the proper gear pitch.......with that being said, IIRC, you don't pull the head off like on FP1.Gentlemen, I’m contemplating a nice FP4MK Peter is selling. I’ve been discovering a lot of its benefits, but a looming question I still have is whether optional FP2/3 heads (slotting, boring, high speed) can fit on an FP4MK? I found an old thread where a guy was asking if he could put an FP4NC head on an FP3–didn’t read as feasible—but that’s the closest. Also, I can’t find any images or read of anyone using the optional heads on either an FP4M or MK. One of my primary interests in Deckel is the range of capabilities with accessories, and I’d hate to limit myself by buying the wrong machine.
AlfaGTA said:DC feed motor is visible at the rear of the machine along with the maim spindle motor.