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  1. Ouch, I have nothing to contribute but...

    Ouch, I have nothing to contribute but condolences. I hope you get to the bottom of what happened and get the mill going again.
  2. I just tightened up the X-gibs, drove them in as...

    I just tightened up the X-gibs, drove them in as far as I dared at one end of travel where it's tightest, then backed off a half turn. Didn't overlook or forget the locking screws this time.
    The...
  3. Right - that's what I figured. I didn't quite...

    Right - that's what I figured.
    I didn't quite man up for the X-gibs today, but I did measure the X/Y deflection, and I did adjust the Y-gib. Before adjustment, I managed nearly 10 thou deflection of...
  4. Thanks, this sounds nice and simple, I'll try see...

    Thanks, this sounds nice and simple, I'll try see where I get with those instructions. I'm guessing the Y-gib would be adjusted the same way?
  5. Wow, that's a very cool mod! Same config as my...

    Wow, that's a very cool mod! Same config as my Chinesium mill to put the brake inside the machine-side pulley.

    Interestingly I got this pair of brake shoes with my mill
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    which I initially...
  6. How to adjust X-gibs?

    Hey y'all,

    When I put the table back on my FP2, I adjusted the gibs pretty much higgledy-piggledy by feel. I went for where I can feel it noticeably tighten towards each end of travel. I did, at...
  7. That sounds like a nice way to do braking, though...

    That sounds like a nice way to do braking, though I'm unlikely to undertake that sort of project for the next decade or so :). You'd also want to tie the brake into the motor off switch loop, that's...
  8. Value of spindle braking?

    I just got the braking resistor and I wasted no time in hooking it up and testing it. I think I might be coming to a realization that it's perhaps not worth much to brake a mill with a VFD.
    Now, the...
  9. This is just the sort of thing I could see myself...

    This is just the sort of thing I could see myself doing :D.
  10. Argh, you had to bring that up - eh? Maybe in...

    Argh, you had to bring that up - eh?
    Maybe in retirement I'll do the disassembly and give her a paint job. Not just yet.



    Yeah, I did add a DRO to my Chinesium lathe, it was totally...
  11. That's a good idea. I wonder if I can't somehow...

    That's a good idea. I wonder if I can't somehow wire the reverse toggle such that the start button engages the jogging.
    That would kill two birds in one stone, as the start button on the mill is in...
  12. And here's finally a picture of the old girl...

    And here's finally a picture of the old girl fully operational.
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    she looks pretty handsome in her new battle dress (Z-bellows).

    I've changed the oil in the spindle and feed gearboxes, as...
  13. And there we go, a PG-29 to PG-42 adapter:...

    And there we go, a PG-29 to PG-42 adapter:
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    fits like hand in glove. Sadly it didn't occur to me to mill flats on it before I disconnected the wire loom for a test fit, and then the sloth...
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    Here are a couple of pictures of how my FP2 was...

    Here are a couple of pictures of how my FP2 was crated.
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    Sorry about the sideways pics, I don't know why they're coming out that way.

    The base was bolted through the double...
  15. How is the Y-axis nut oiled?

    Now that my FP2 is usable, I'd like to make sure I don't damage anything by running dry.

    I verified that oil gets around the X-axis nut and the X & Z axis slideways while I had the table off. I've...
  16. Welcome to the club. I fed mine backwards and...

    Welcome to the club. I fed mine backwards and sheared the drive pin :/.

    Glad to hear it wasn't anything serious.

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  17. Ah, yes, that’s what it is ~ thanks! I had...

    Ah, yes, that’s what it is ~ thanks! I had trouble reading the lettering on the chuck, it’s been well used.


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  18. I have the electrical cabinet wired to the point...

    I have the electrical cabinet wired to the point where I can run the mill.
    What a joy this mill is to use, I'm so glad I missed out on that Bridgeport back when :D. I can now turn stock into scrap...
  19. Did you guys figure out what’s going on with...

    Did you guys figure out what’s going on with this?


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  20. I ran my FP2 in reverse like an idiot the first...

    I ran my FP2 in reverse like an idiot the first time I hooked it up. I ran the Y-axis (ram) into the physical end stop, as of course when you run in reverse the feed doesn't kick out. The feed...
  21. Hold on - PG-29 is the thread I need. It's a 37mm...

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    Hold on - PG-29 is the thread I need. It's a 37mm OD, 16TPI, 80 degree thread angle. The other end is PG-42, 54mm, 16TPI.
    OMG, what an abomination, metric ID with TPI threads! While I'll...
  22. I found a local electrical supplier that's the...

    I found a local electrical supplier that's the bees knees just 15 minutes up the road. Ended up with 1 1/4 armoured conduit and fittings. As I'm replacing the electrical box, I'm just terminating...
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    Congrats - it looks beautiful! What serial/year...

    Congrats - it looks beautiful! What serial/year is it?
    Looks like the electrical cabinet is a retrofit, is that your doing or did it come that way?

    I wish mine hadn't been abused with an ugly...
  24. Yups that was the one - thanks! I wouldn't be...

    Yups that was the one - thanks! I wouldn't be surprised if the felt in there dated back to the sixties - it looked pretty limp. By comparison I had a hard time packing the new piece into place.
    ...
  25. Ah, cool, I suspected as much, but I couldn't...

    Ah, cool, I suspected as much, but I couldn't find any diagram showing this.


    Yeah I need to get that plate off. It's been "hooked" on something, so is bowed out (forwards) and the screws are...
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