Bought my PCNC1100 this morning. Can't wait for the crates to arrive
When I ordered my PCNC 1100 a couple of years ago, it was shipped in three crates as usual. However the trucking company lost the crate with all the accessories. I only received the machine and stand so I had to improvise a lifting device to install the mill.
Tormach immediately put a new shipment together to replace the missing items and I received it three weeks later. Then, after another four or five months, a truck arrived at my house ready to deliver the missing crate. We just told them to return it to sender. It seems it was lost in the trucking company's warehouse the whole time even though they were clearly marked: 1of3, 2of3 and 3of3.
Have a great time with your machine. I love mine!
One thing I want to add just as a safety measure is to lift your machine (if using a cheap Harbor Freight / old used shop crane) to check that all of the hooks, bolts, etc.. can take the weight first. Make sure it's capable of holding the machine 2" - 4" off the pallet first for about 10 mins or so. Maybe even add a few pieces of wood under that so that it doesn't crash, better safe than sorry
I used bricks to build my pyramid so that the dolly can fit under the stand, but now that I think about it... I agree with a few members here that's a no no. If you have blocks of metal that works best, but solid wood will do.
Grease the feet post and watch out for the stainless steel guard, it's as sharp as a razor and nearly took my finger off. Good luck
While you have the machine up in the air, take the time to inspect the Y ballscrew. Mine was absolutely filthy with chips and grit. The pic is of just one finger wiped across it. Also check if the lube line fittings are tight, my ballscrew fitting was dripping.
Congratulations! I have such a tool envy right now.. Maybe in a few years I can get a much better one..
I just have a HF mini, but i have it pretty tight and its making me 400-600 mo. so I canít complaint too much.
I'll check the Y-axis ball screw and lube fittings while its up in the air as you sugested. After it passes the integrity test that is.....
I forget the name of that style hoist, but it barely clears the stand by 3/4" or so, well at least the one I was looking at. To be honest it's always a great item to have around if you have the extra flow along with a pallet jack.
I had a chance to check my ballscrew, clean as a whistle. Not to sound like smokey the bear or the safety instructor but once that's up, put a 2 x 4 or something to shift the weight if it does decide to fall.. I'd also check the bearing housing socket head screws to insure they're tight, because once it's down I can't even tell you how hard it is to get in there to adjust and I have small hands. Long story short I made a little tool that works, but still very hard.
Not really sure if this is the correct method or not, but make sure your feet are adjusted higher on the right and front to direct the coolant back down the drain (not too much, just a little). It takes a little bit of time to get it just right so that your deflection isn't too bad, then shim the side that needs it. Hopefully you can skip this step...
Do you have anything for tramming yet (stand, dial indicator, etc..) ? If not the protram is awesome, guys name is Sean makes a great product !