Obviously the spindle was more than the china sellers on ebay. Andy personally powered up my spindle and checked its runout before sending it to me. Then he did the ultimate thing - he made a video of MY SPINDLE and put it on youtube and sent that to me before shipping it out. How awesome was that??!! That is the biggest RISK I have read about on the spindles is what if it does not work or has issues when it arrives.
Andy gives a warranty on his spindle if they are bought direct from his site. Thats what I did. He is also in Pensylvania and you can call and talk to him if you have questions. That was my second issue with buying a spindle from China.
His 2.2kw spindle came with a larger connector on it than most but I still changed it out to a amphenol ecogate connector from digikey - thanks to GaryD for that recomendation. I do not like soldering those little cups on teh chinese connectors. His does have four pins on it - only the three motor ones are used so you can add a ground to the 4th.
His power buttons and estops might be the best deal I have found for an E stop. I have been using them on my friends controller builds I do for them since I have found them. I also like his limit mechanical switches and all I have tried have been the cheaper red one. He sells what look like much nicer ones than those.
His 18ga power wire is shielded and I use it for the home/limit switches. I bet you could use it for power wire on teh spindles. I choose to go with Igus CF31 16ga 4 conductor powere wire - that is the best power wire for a spindle on a cnc machine I have found. Thanks to diyengineer I think that gave me that power wire recomendation.
Andy and I have become online friends and talk every couple weeks. He is a cool CNC seller and I keep on him to keep this niche of providing spindle checkout pre sale support. I think that is SOO worth what little extra he is charging for a spindle. By the time I was into buying the 2.2kw for my machine the extra coin was not an issue.
Also, I have been on him to sell Hitachi VFDs I am a fan of the Hitachi x200 022nfu2 VFD I bought for his spindle. Diyengineer also sent me to that VFD. Thank you DIYEngineer!
Andy rocks and I hope he continues to sell parts and expands his line up.
He also has a machine for sale on ebay that looks very very heavy duty for a smaller ball screw machine!
Here is the spindle I bought from him cutting a paradise box top - a free vectric vcarve pro file that Mike gave the community - Thanks Mike!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs2l51y3o2w]Spindle cutting Megans Jewelry box from some free Vectric Files - Thanks Michael for making those! - YouTube
Here is the walk around of my spindle setup. I added the spindle to my castcnc setup so thats why I added a nema box.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x24rP5n0RNw]Modbus controlled Hitachi X200 VFD, 2.2kw 3Hp Chinese Spindle, Spindle Water Cooling all installed! - YouTube