Hi again All,
Regarding a M5 Mazak with a Meldas 50 control,retrofit.
this machine has been through Hell an beyond ,Ive seen the jaws knocked off the chuck 2 times ,different opperators,programers,several screaming, scherching halts,thunks,rrrrrrrs booms. Im wondering how much can a machine stand ?
My Dad owned a blacksmith shop/hardware/gas station ($.12@gallon,kero$.004gallon)
where I grew up,dirt floor half way,then wood planks to the rear of the "shop" for loading/unloading wagons an susch. Anyway,concreated the floor, new roof ,siding,after the place burnted down(???),We up graded!
I was olded enough to help in the shop now.I stood on wooden Coke crates,hulls(some might remember those) to reach the handles of a brand new Ajax Mazak 18/36.Learned machining with high speed steel toolsteel 1/2 bits,many a ground fingers through the process!,But never ran the saddle or tool, etc.into the chuck,fictures etc.In the process we modified many a flatbelt drive to be productive machines.Bla, Bla, I know getting long winded here,an off topic,
Ive repaired this nmachine several times,headstock to tailstock,A learing expearence!
Does one ever wearout?
Do you keep shiming ,aligning,replacing,adjasting program?
When is enough enough?
P.S. can you tell Ive about had enough?