The cut was just about complete, and then the cut goes off path, the bit breaks and Robert is your father’s brother!
I’ve done all the usual checks, belts, v-wheels, wire connections, stepper current pots, etc. all fine. I stopped this job, installed a new bit and the job completed just fine.
One of my biggest reasons for suspecting a faulty spindle is I wear hearing protection that has a mic that allows sound through below a certain decibel (HERE). This feature is great, but it’s pretty sensitive to electrical noise, my daughters baby monitor has even caused interference with these.
I know that this faulty spindle usually shows itself pretty soon, but to be honest I haven’t put a ton of time in on my X-Carve, maybe 20-30 hours and that’s a high estimate.
I’m a little disappointed to see that the stock spindle isn’t even offered anymore when you configure a new machine which, when I pre-ordered I would have definitely chosen the Dewalt 611 and mount option and now even more so after reading all the forum posts.
Just a little frustrated and wanted to share my issue. Looks like I’ll be giving Inventables a call/email tomorrow.
I guess I forgot to elaborate on the hearing protection/electrical noise point I made above (sorry it was late at night!). When I would have my head close the machine I’d start to hear interference, which was odd since this hasn’t happened in the past.
Yep, sounds like the standard spindle story. I kind of wish they would have done that from the get-go as well, would have saved me some cash, but live and learn I guess. You won’t regret the DeWalt upgrade!
Thanks! I was eventually planning on upgrading to a 800w VFD spindle but I wanted to wait a bit to recoup some costs from the initial purchase! I probably should have just done it right off the bat like you mentioned, it’s a lot easier to justify spending the extra $300 - $400 when you are already spending $1800 (once all the conversion to CAD, shipping and brokerage fees I think is was closer to $2100).
Hopefully I can work something out with Inventables.
The people that bought there machine with a standard spindle fall into 2 groups. Those that have had the spindle fail and those that will have it fail.
I under stand why inventables started with a low cost DC motor with a collet adapter attached to the shaft. To keep the price of the machine low. They have found that they made a mistake and now the standard spindle is a 611 trim router and this is good for new buyers.