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  1. I have not had this trouble with a shopbot...

    I have not had this trouble with a shopbot product, but I have had it with some "wetvac" motors that do not last a long time. I bought a motor from the OEM at an incredible (high) price. I then...
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    I would say that people are building 2" thick...

    I would say that people are building 2" thick concrete slabs for countertops all the time. With chintzy cabinets underneath to support them. It is about area of support as much as stout members to...
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    I have 12" indexer envy... I dream of building a...

    I have 12" indexer envy... I dream of building a custom machine just to do large/long columns...
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    If they had a rigid panel in the size I want, I...

    If they had a rigid panel in the size I want, I would pay money for it - but it would need to be a full 6 x 10, so I could do it in one sheet (if I have to get spendy)... Concrete might be heavy, but...
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    Rats. Local cabinet shop supplier tells me that...

    Rats. Local cabinet shop supplier tells me that they can't get 5 x 12, and that they are out of 5 x 10- and will be "months" getting more... I may be into forming up a box and pouring!
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    Excellent suggestions, Gents. Thank you for your...

    Excellent suggestions, Gents. Thank you for your input!

    Monty
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    ShopBot Table expansion

    All,

    I have gotten some components from ShopBot and am widening my table from a 5' to a 6' table. I will now have a 6' x 10' layout.

    What I could use some suggestions on is how to set up the...
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    OK. The reason I asked the questions about where...

    OK. The reason I asked the questions about where the USB is plugged in (Hub or port on machine) is that some machines have issues with a constant connection through a USB port. it is something...
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    How did you warm up if machine is not recognized?...

    How did you warm up if machine is not recognized? You have to get through SB3 initialization to get to the C5 command... Do you use a USB that is straight from the computer or go through a powered...
  10. I bought a spare spindle years ago, because I was...

    I bought a spare spindle years ago, because I was told that mine was noisy and would fail on me... I kept the replacement spindle in my shop for maybe 3-4 years before installing. It is installed...
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    Years ago- on this forum- there were specific...

    Years ago- on this forum- there were specific instructions as to which fan one could/should buy to install on the spindle. Cheap. Simple. Easy. Don't go running your spindle without one! ...
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    Hmmm. No response, huh? That's a shame. that...

    Hmmm. No response, huh? That's a shame. that is a decent machine.
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    That is easy and relatively cheap ... ...

    That is easy and relatively cheap ... https://www.automationtechnologiesinc.com/products-page/cnc-spindle/variable-frequency-drive-inverter-vfd-7-5kw-10hp-34a
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    Eric, Are you running SB3 or something else with...

    Eric, Are you running SB3 or something else with that spindle set up? And it is a fairly straightforward set up to do an indie ATC on a shopbot?
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    Wow. Looks like an early PRS cross over from the...

    Wow. Looks like an early PRS cross over from the PRT's. Older gantry style, but aluminum extrusions- and there is a VFD on the end of it so it comes with some form of spindle. That was a rocking...
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    That's good info. I was about to upgrade to an...

    That's good info. I was about to upgrade to an ATC... I think I will hold off on that for a while...
  17. Any local steel person should be able to help you...

    Any local steel person should be able to help you with the assistance of Brian....
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    Good for you Scott. I hope it serves you and...

    Good for you Scott. I hope it serves you and teaches you like my original PRT taught me. I am now on my 4th ShopBot and am about to expand it with the help of ShopBot tech support- to make it...
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    You could probably search Gary Campbell here or...

    You could probably search Gary Campbell here or on Youtube. (see this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDlRTOG9B4M ). You can adapt the concept to your own needs.
    Best Regards
    Monty
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    Completely agree with the above. There are so...

    Completely agree with the above. There are so many potential variations that without good data and photos, there is too much left to ponder.
  21. Too cheap! Someone needs to snap up that deal

    Too cheap! Someone needs to snap up that deal
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    https://cleveland.craigslist.org/tls/d/gates-mills...

    https://cleveland.craigslist.org/tls/d/gates-mills-porter-cable-7518-router/7283439208.html
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    This is a photo of the contactors in my alpha...

    This is a photo of the contactors in my alpha control box. (Two contactors mounted side by side) This is over the stepper controllers and to the right side of the cabinet. The positioning in your...
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    First: be sure your bit is high enough to move...

    First: be sure your bit is high enough to move over any obstruction. Then: Type "J2" (NO QUOTATION MARKS!) This tells the machine you want to Jog 2 axes. Then SB3 will move your cursor to the next...
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    Depending on the era and equipment, it could be...

    Depending on the era and equipment, it could be the contactor. And electromagnetic contactor whose coil is getting weak can hum or chatter and will eventually kill the contactor. I run some high...
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