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    Default Bolton ZX45 Conversion

    After following several other threads on the forum I've decided to take the plunge!

    Based on a physical inspection of the same machine locally & the fact that they're located in S.Cal. I purchased the Bolton Hardware ZX45 delivered to my driveway for $1656. The paint looks to be exactly the same as Grizzly's but I have to say the fit & finish on this machine is better than my G1007 which was purchased a few years back. I'm not bashing the Grizzly's because I've liked my G1007 from day one and will keep it for manual work.

    I've measured the X&Y travel @ 22"&9.5" It came wired for 110V. After getting it out of the crate a thorough inspection revealed not a scratch and as best as I can tell w/o actually making chips, all seems to be in fine order. Firing it up I was surprised how quietly it ran being a geared head machine. My only previous experience with a geared head was an X2 that drove me crazy with the noise until I converted it to belt drive.

    I plan to do the whole enchilada with: 850oz Servos /320x Geckos /Roton Ballscrews & Double nuts /One Shot Oilier system /Belt Drive conversion with the Grizzly spindle collar & 2hp-3ph Baldor Motor with Teco 7300CV Drive.

    All parts but pulleys & belts are ordered so when it all shows up I've got SOME SERIOUS WORK TO DO! Finding the time to do it will be the biggest challenge.

    I'll try to take plenty of pictures & keep the thread up to date as I progress. And thanks in advance to the others who have already shed so much light & produced so much excellent information on the 45 conversions.

    gd.marsh

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    Congratulations. I have the same machine from Bolton. I haven't started the conversion other than to collect parts and wire the enclosure. The mill is getting some light duty on a project for work, so I can't take it back apart until that is completed this spring.

    I did take it apart when it arrived at work, so I could get it home. The insides of most of the castings were very poorly protected, and I spent most of a weekend cleaning, removing rust and painting before I felt comfortable putting it back together. It wasn't a big deal, really - except for getting Rustoleum stuck to my armpit when I painted the inside of the column...

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    yeah! Another


    When you say wired for 110. You have a white black and a ground? Silly question, but mine is supposed to be 110 or 220, but the wiring looks a little odd for 220.....

    Did yours have a plug on the end? If not could you send me a pick of the ends of your cord?



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    Thanks for the heads up .. I have not really had a chance to investigate all the way to the interior - but I'll certainly be getting there .. sounds like a good idea to clean and coat well with Rustoleum before re-assembly ..

    110v as in a plug on the end of the cord .. 220v would use the same black, white & ground, but would have to be a different plug with some difference at the motor-end connection also. I can understand if the manual isn't clear .. the one that came with mine is a riot to try and read .. The Grizzly manuals are pretty good .. the one that came with my G1007 was .. and you should be able to download one for their version of the 45.



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    A quiet RF-45 clone?

    I would check to make sure they didn't forget to put the gears in the head!


    It looks like a fine mill.

    Keep up informed of the build

    Good luck.



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    Default Spindle Collar

    More rf-45s, sweet. Best of luck - looks like we have a similar parts list going. I'm fabricating all the axis/motor mounts right now.

    Which spindle collar did you end up ordering from Grizzly? Part P1005007 from the 1005z?

    Matt

    Quote Originally Posted by gd.marsh View Post

    I plan to do the whole enchilada with: 850oz Servos /320x Geckos /Roton Ballscrews & Double nuts /One Shot Oilier system /Belt Drive conversion with the Grizzly spindle collar & 2hp-3ph Baldor Motor with Teco 7300CV Drive.
    gd.marsh




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    azvideo,

    I know what you mean, but the gears are in there!


    mattmark,

    I ordered the following parts:

    (1) P1006306 TAPERED SPINDLE SLEEVE V1.08.97
    (1) P1006308 BEARING SPACER
    (1) PR52M EXT RETAINING RING 80MM
    (1) P1006302 SPINDLE NUT 42-16 V1.08.97

    I believe the Grizzly G1005 is a clone of the smaller mill (RF30 perhaps?) I can't say for sure, but I think that's why the parts didn't fit Bob W's IH mill.

    I measured the spindle on my 45 when it arrived and compared it to the G1007 I have (which is the RF31 clone .. Grizzly's 1006/1007 are the same mill with different accessories)

    The spindles on the Grizz. 1006/7 & my ZX45 are the same so I ordered the parts from my Grizzly parts list. I guess I'll know if it works or not for sure when it shows up and I've got the 45 head torn down. I'll post my findings when I can confirm.

    By the way .. your build has been one of those that helped me decide to pull the trigger on this project so we'll probably be helping each other navigate though this.

    gd.marsh



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    oops, bad reading skills...



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    Default spline measurements

    Quote Originally Posted by gd.marsh View Post

    The spindles on the Grizz. 1006/7 & my ZX45 are the same so I ordered the parts from my Grizzly parts list. I guess I'll know if it works or not for sure when it shows up and I've got the 45 head torn down. I'll post my findings when I can confirm.

    By the way .. your build has been one of those that helped me decide to pull the trigger on this project so we'll probably be helping each other navigate though this.

    gd.marsh
    hey, thanks - for sure this forum is the friendliest and most helpful i've encountered in any industry =) i'm finally machining all the aluminum stopblock/mounts this weekend. btw, do you have an approximate measurement of your spindle? i know it's hard to describe the spline measurements, but i'll probably do the experiment as well with the grizzly parts if it's in the right ballpark. thanks!

    Matt



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    mattmark,

    Here's how I measured the spline on both of my machines ..

    I wouldn't recommend that you take these as absolute measurements .. it was extremely difficult to hold the caliper accurately on the part with my right hand while trying to hold the camera & snap the picture with my left. At least this gives you a pretty close idea of what the ZX45 & G1007 are.

    gd.marsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by gd.marsh View Post
    mattmark,

    Here's how I measured the spline on both of my machines ..

    I wouldn't recommend that you take these as absolute measurements .. it was extremely difficult to hold the caliper accurately on the part with my right hand while trying to hold the camera & snap the picture with my left. At least this gives you a pretty close idea of what the ZX45 & G1007 are.

    gd.marsh
    Thanks! It's virtually what I got based on those measurements.

    Matt



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    Quote Originally Posted by gd.marsh View Post
    azvideo,

    (1) P1006308 BEARING SPACER
    gd.marsh
    Hi gd.marsh,

    I was able to find 3 out of the 4 parts - which did you get the P1006308 from? I checked both the 1006 + 1007.

    thanks,

    Matt



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