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    What feedrate were you running when it faulted?...

    What feedrate were you running when it faulted? If I run over 100IPM on my Fadal VCM15 I sometimes get random Y axis motor overloads, still haven't worked out why...
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    Awesome mate! Glad you got it fixed! And thanks...

    Awesome mate! Glad you got it fixed! And thanks for coming back to let us know the resolution! Im sure this thread will help others with similar issues in the future!
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    Yeah, don't leave us hanging! :willy_nilly: :D

    Yeah, don't leave us hanging! :willy_nilly: :D
  4. For anyone encountering the same problem in the...

    For anyone encountering the same problem in the future:

    I finally diagnosed the problem by priming the pump (running it without output tubing attached until oil was flowing) and then having it run...
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    To clarify: if you move the axis until it jams,...

    To clarify: if you move the axis until it jams, then move it some more, then do 'SETCS' and 'HO' will it move back correctly to the cold-start position?

    For inspecting the servo/ballscrew - One...
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    If you're un-jamming the ballscrew by hand,...

    If you're un-jamming the ballscrew by hand, jogging to the home positions and then cold-starting when you 'reset' everything then you won't see a zero shift, that would only happen if the resolver...
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    More than likely the coupler on the servo is...

    More than likely the coupler on the servo is stripped... There is an oldham coupler that links the servo to the ballscrew and on many older Fadals these are secured using just a little set-screw. If...
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    There are lots of Youtube tutorials and so on...

    There are lots of Youtube tutorials and so on floating around! Definitely the best way for them to get into it is to have a specific project they want to do, and then look up how to do things as they...
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    Just off Amazon, 'Tacklife' brand. I think it was...

    Just off Amazon, 'Tacklife' brand. I think it was like $25. Probably not the greatest quality, but it has worked well for me for a couple of years now.
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    There's a pretty nice looking Fadal 3016 on ebay...

    There's a pretty nice looking Fadal 3016 on ebay right now for $12k in California...
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    As a follow up to this thread: I looked...

    As a follow up to this thread:

    I looked everywhere for the older style 'pozidrive' pulleys for this machine. Turns out Fadal only used those pulleys for a very brief period of time and my VMC10 is...
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    Yeah one thing to be aware of for sure: if you...

    Yeah one thing to be aware of for sure: if you buy a used machine that isn't 100% and have to pay someone else to fix it for you, that is going to get expensive *real* quick. I would only go that...
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    Given that it sounds like (initially at least)...

    Given that it sounds like (initially at least) you have no revenue stream for a machine, it might be a good opportunity to go for a 'fixer-upper' and learn a bunch about CNC machines on the way... I...
  14. Bijur PDI pump not building pressure... help!

    Hey guys!
    I'm trying to troubleshoot the lube system on a 1994 Fadal VMC15, the PDI lube pump is actuating but I noticed no lube was getting to the ways. Watching the pump during it's cycle I...
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    You can run coolant while cutting steel with...

    You can run coolant while cutting steel with carbide, even hardened steel, with little to worry about. I do all my machining dry but I know several people that hard-mill tool steels up to 62HRC under...
  16. For future reference for myself, and for anyone...

    For future reference for myself, and for anyone else thinking about retrofitting a spindle cooler onto a Fadal, here are some useful part numbers:

    The o-ring that goes around the lower end of the...
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    Just had a chat with Jerry at EdmTechCenter, the...

    Just had a chat with Jerry at EdmTechCenter, the machines sound really interesting. Apparently a roll of the moly wire is about $200, and is enough to load the machine about 5 times. Each load of...
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    I would be very interested in a machine like...

    I would be very interested in a machine like that. I have some parts where the non-contact nature of wire EDM would be very useful, but I don't need anywhere near the level of precision that most...
  19. Perry! Thanks for posting that mate! I found some...

    Perry! Thanks for posting that mate! I found some photos of 'cool power' fadals yesterday which showed plumbing going into the same spot on the spindle, so between your picture and the stuff online...
  20. Just realized I have seen your youtube channel! I...

    Just realized I have seen your youtube channel! I recognized the logo :)

    If you get a chance to take a photo of the spindle nose wit your setup that would be great! I'm curious where the coolant...
  21. Fadals ran Dowfrost, but there's no real reason...

    Fadals ran Dowfrost, but there's no real reason that I can't use oil, might be a good idea actually! Only issue I can see is that I believe the heat capacity of oils is lower than glycol solutions,...
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    Yeah as SIM said I think running unattended here...

    Yeah as SIM said I think running unattended here is a key thing... If you think you're going to be standing near the machine waiting for parts then get as much spindle as you can! If you can wait...
  23. Ouch! Yeah I'm definitely not planning to run...

    Ouch! Yeah I'm definitely not planning to run water, either Dowfrost or some equivalent.
  24. I have a Baldor 3 phase buffer motor that I...

    I have a Baldor 3 phase buffer motor that I control with a VFD, been running for years with no problems even though Baldor says not to do it... I imagine if you were running it under heavy load the...
  25. Hey Bob! Yeah running a radiator was exactly...

    Hey Bob!
    Yeah running a radiator was exactly what I was thinking... That way I don't have to worry about exact temperature control or accidentally getting the spindle below ambient and growing...
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