Hi freesbank. Welcome to the Zone!
Do you mean THIS mill:
Don't know if this is right ,I just registered and I have a question?
Thinking of buying a SiegX3/hybrid from "Tools Warehouse i" in Cambridge Ontarion canada,it is their MD003,anybody has any advice or experience with this machine?
Hope I am doing this right,for a 67 year "young" this computer blog seems difficult.
Any advice is appreciate.
Yes Crevice that is the one I am looking at.
I just find the 1/2 hp motor a little small ,and I don,t know the maker/reputation of this outfit.
Any light you can shed on this one?
In a lot of ways, though I have no actual experience with it, I think that mill is inferior to the X3.
I would buy the X3, but that's easy for me to say as I can get it easily here in the US, and I HAVE actual experience with the X3.
I think they both seem to have their pros and cons when comparing the specs to each other... In what ways do you feel the MD003 mill is inferior to an X3?
Hey! I know NOTHING about this mill. My opinion is based solely on the specs, which may or may NOT be accurate. For instance, I can't believe that huge-looking motor is only .5 HP. But if it IS, then that alone is inferior.
Other specs indicate less axis travel, less swing and no variable speed control.
It is also apparently much heavier. (Which MAY be a PLUS if you have a concrete floor to set it on.)
I see no mention of warranty or after sale service. I KNOW what a good warranty Grizzly has.
I know there are many CNC plans/kits available for X3--maybe not for this mill.
It DOES have a nice spindle height to table spec though--If that is accurate.
I prefer the X3. But if you can't get the X3 in Canada, this may DEFINITELY be the better mill.
Thanks for your trouble CR ,I didn't had a good feeling about this. but that is just from looking.
Tried to get more info on it ,basically all I get is a "referral to the specs",no warranty or any other explanation.
It seems definitely like another chinese attempt to copy the Sieg X3, .
Well on we go with our search in Canada,should have immigrated to the US,for my "hobbies" alone!
Sounds to me like you Canadian guys need to organize a road-trip-to-Grizzly for pickup/X3 group purchase order among you. Anybody with a truck want to start it off?
What did you do to try and get more info on this mill?
What do you mean when you say...
"basically all I get is a "referral to the specs",no warranty or any other explanation."
Did you call or e-mail to get more detailed info on this mill?
As far as the motors go, there is a difference when comparing AC to DC motors. They have very different torque/speed curves. While the MD003 mill is rated at 1/2 hp, it is an AC motor. It's speed is also gear selectable so the rpms of the motor continuously stay within the torque/speed curves optimum range. The X3's speed is electronically variable which can put you at either end of a torque/speed curve where there is not as much power available. That is why it comes with two gear selectable speed ranges. The designers are trying to keep the rpms as close as possible to the middle of the T/S curve where the power is greater. If you are operating outside of the mid range speed with a DC motor, you are not getting the power you think you are getting as stated by the rated HP value. Here is a good page that describes it well...http://lancet.mit.edu/motors/motors3.html
As for additional info about the mill, why don't you call? I would be happy to give you any info you need. I always do my best to give people as many details as I can. If you think the site needs more info, please let me know and I will be happy to add it. It is good to get some feed back.
There is a warranty on the machines. The factory gives 12 months for defects and workmanship. (I guess I could add that as well)
"machinetoolswarehouse.com" is a member of the CNC Zone.
I have talked to him several times and he is a really nice guy.
They started importing small milling machines because he could not find what he wanted in Canada.
I would give him a call and find out the exact specs.
His machines are overbuilt "heavy duty" like the overgrown RF45 style Hobby CNC machine.
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