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    HA, I need to learn the ropes too, being an electronics engineer/instrumentation tech my whole life, blah....but a good starting point I guess.

    Weather is getting there, you're right, I will spent quite many of my next few available weekends in the garage getting things slowly together.

    As you might recall, I got the SMV-2 with all mechanicals done and ready, but have to provide my own servos, controller, and electrics in general. That part will be easy for me, so no dramas, it is just to get it done. Luckily I have almost all of the required bits and pieces already.

    Just a few pics of the stand, the first ones where it was in China still, just before being packed by Defeng - the last 2 on the truck at my place. Will start a new thread pretty soon, don't want to take yours over :lol:





    and below the box housing the HS Spindle, the 12-tool ATC and a few other bits and pieces....




    After around 4 months from order to Port Melbourne, finally arrived and at my house - I rented a truck from Budget, picked it up myself, and brought it home - yeah baby.....let the fun begin...the size of it in relation to the truck, gross weight was 400kg....








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    Gulp....golly gee, Batman, this thing is bigger than both of us.....LOL.....when the packing case is empty you could rent it out as an apartment.....not quite a container size but getting there.

    I thought your 4 Months round trip was quite good for a direct import.

    When I had a look in the cabinet of my SVM-0 I am of the impression that.....you have lots or wiring and connections to make before the fat lady sings.

    At least with mine the electronic parts were already in the cabin ready to go and any subsequent trouble shooting will be a headache....for me that is......fingers crossed.

    I still have to install another stepper driver, one that I ordered with it, to cater for an anticipated 4th axis event....one day......but at least a position for it was already drilled and allocated next to the other three.

    Then there is a VFD to find a place for the high speed spindle I also got with it.
    Ian.



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    Yeah, the SMV-2 is a rather solid and serious hobbyist machine, I suspect, pretty well loaded with linear ways and stuff like that, as you know. I think it should perform very well for the intended application, might even be a bit over-the-top, but that's ok, I really did only want to spent once on the build.

    it would have been a lot wiser and cheaper to get it all in one go, especially wrt clearance/broker fees and stuff like that. But, it's done, I'm happy and finally I can start with the exercise.

    There's a bit of panel-building/wiring ahead of me, but other than the need for one or two solid-state relays, I can proceed. I have most of the gear, like servos, drive-controllers, Mesa cards, switches and other bits and bobs already, including Path Pilot software and a new compatible i5 board and chip.

    I think I might start a buildlog on the weekend, it might help others venturing down the same path wrt the electronics, as that side will be fairly generic in any event.

    catch you soon!



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    Ian, it's made its way onto the stand Happy days!

    Lots of work around the engine-hoist, but in the end, it all worked out well.











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    Clever idea to take the casters off the engine hoist thereby reducing the clearance between the floor and the base. I'm going to have to remember that one.

    How do you like the raising mechanism on those (FootMaster?) casters? I find it nearly impossible to adjust them when they are fully loaded.



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    Cheers Michael

    Yeah, I was doing some measurements and realised the enclosure wont be able to go over the legs of the hoist with the casters on the hoist. With them off though, I could position the mill-stand over it with room to spare.....and the fact that I could just pop off the hoist-legs via push-pins after, helped a lot. Trust me, I was thinking about 1000 ways how to do this, even thought about hiring an A-Frame hoist setup...

    But sanity and logic prevailed, hehe.

    Yeah, the Footmaster casters are a bit heavy to adjust if you want to remove the total load of them, but I usually just set them about half-way to provide stability. Not sure about the sensibility of this in the long-term.....but these are pretty robust units....

    What's your experience on letting the machine sit on them?



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    Default Re: My Skyfire SVM-2 build

    My 1100 lb mill has been on 4 of the GD80 casters for about 8 years or so and no problems so far. No flat spots that I've noticed. My 1600-lb lathe has been on the same sort of casters for a couple of years and they seem fine as well.



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    Great, this one is about the weight of your lathe, so it should be fine too. Appreciate your feedback!!



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    Don't forget that you can adjust the casters so that they are raised above the level of the feet. In that position, the caster wheels will have no load and should never develop flat spots.



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