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    Default My 4th Axis (Indexer)

    Well I finally finished my 4th axis for my ShopBot.

    Special thanks to Brady Watson for the help on getting the right motor and drive board for my machine.

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    Here is a link to the photo album if you want to see more pictures.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=f4cceb3445


    Here is a link to a short video clip of its first test run
    https://www.facebook.com/mechlink/vi...50672630367143
    Last edited by elcar903; 01-28-2016 at 01:16 AM.

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    Very cool! Now we expect to see several indexer projects here...soon! Even though you don't have a long bed you can always design projects in sections and be able to dowel them together to form a large project like a bedpost or something similar. Good job!
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    Nice! Looks pretty stout!

    Thanks for saying 'thanks' - I appreciate it!

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    NP Brad, and yes its very stout.

    Timken bearing,Gates timing belt and gears 1:4 ratio and 2 people cant even make it flinch while moving lol

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    And, it's on a buddy too! Looks great...joe

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    Looks great, if you don't mind, how much have you spent on parts?

    Phil

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    around $650 for all the parts and raw materials, I work in a machine shop so I did the designing and machine work my self.

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    Thanks.

    Phil

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    Great job. What is the biggest stock you can use with it? 4 or 5 in?

    RIch

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    Sorry for the late replay been busy,
    The chuck can grab on to a 4.5" stock and the B axis (indexer) can chuck up on a 8" piece and not hit the power stick,
    but because I don't have the Z axis extension so the Z axis can only take a 4 inch.

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