View Full Version : Looking for a cheap ATC spindle - is there such a thing?

12-28-2016, 02:42 PM
An sub-$1500 ATC VFD spindles out there? Or am I just full of wishful thinking. I am looking at one the chinese spindles but they arent ATC able. I am looking to do aluminum, probably around a 2.3 - 3Kw motor. Could do more. I am upgrading from a simple Taig spindle and I want to increase my DOC and IPMs. Not concerned much about the toolholder type, BT, ISO, etc...as long as the toolholders are not expensive or hard to find...BT probably. I am not an expert here either. I've been reading a lot lately but dont know much about VFDs out there.


12-28-2016, 04:11 PM
wishful thinking.

you can get a belt drive bt30 spindle under $1000us. then you need a motor, pulley, belt, drive, tool release mechanism, air regulation and solenoid systems, wiring, mounting block/plates/adapters etc. probably north of $3000 by the time youve got it running.

for internal motor spindles, its usually more. $4000 min all in - even for cheap chinese ones.

12-28-2016, 11:59 PM
I figured so after searching but wanted a second opinion. Thanks! :) I will go for a chinese spindle (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012A8ULY4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1UY2YMGL7FILQ) for now from CNCShop on Amazon. Should be better than what I have now and will be a good learning experience before investing $3500 or more later.

I can't believe Walmart is selling CNC tooling though. shocking.

12-29-2016, 12:08 AM
I can't believe Walmart is selling CNC tooling though. shocking.

walmart (and sears) in the US sells everything online, kinda like amazon. sadly they dont actually have that stuff in actual stores (that i know of) :(

06-04-2017, 05:44 PM
under $1000

06-05-2017, 08:05 PM
this one is for 65mm spindles
Automatic Tool Changing Systems CNC CAT (http://www.cnccat.com/index.php?id=2&productid=1964&catid=89&subcatid=&lang=en)364112

06-14-2017, 03:44 PM
Have any of you used this adapter ?? I need to talk to someone who have used it.