Out of curiosity, how many are running 20% less on feed and speed in order to give spindle and bearings longer life? Where I work, we do long setups for a few parts instead of long runs of parts. Example is we may setup for 30 mins to run a 5 min cycle and then on to the next part/setup. We run a VF 10 if that helps. We got it used recently. No idea on what the previous owners did for maintenance. Did not bother looking it over or replacing parts before running. So now the spindle broke. We believe the fingers that hold the retention pin broke but wont know for sure until sometime next week. So now I have been told to run at 20% less speed to avoid the wear on the spindle, raise the tooling on each pass high enough so if the fingers ever let loos again it wont grab the holder thus extending toolpath and time. Now at 20% reduction we would be paying full price for half a tool I think. To me it makes no sense pissing money away on tooling to avoid doing maintenance as needed. We are a busy little shop but we should be able to plan for down time for preventative repairs. I am very irritated about this and am looking to see what others think or do with their machine. Thanks for letting me rant a bit.