A friend of mine bought a CNC machine a few years ago. He’s not electronically inclined (mostly just woodworking and welding) and he’s had problems getting it going.
We were discussing some projects I’ve done lately with my CNC and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
My Job: To get his CNC running. It’s a platform CNC and he brought it over in his truck for me to work on at my leisure.
The trade: He brought me a spare planer he doesn’t use anymore and he’s going to weld me up a new firebox for my smoker.
He has all the parts (mostly). The x and y axis are moving, but the y axis is binding at the extents. I need to re-install the z axis and then install all the limit switches and get them working in mach3. He also brought a new electronics enclosure that he wants me to move everything over into.
It’s probably a good week’s worth of work to get everything working for him working on it in the evenings. The only part I’ve found missing so far is a concentric bushing that I had to order for one of the bearings. Looking through the manual, I think everything else is there.
The machine is a beast… it’s also very heavy.
I couldn’t really see how I could say no to this offer. I’m getting to play with someone else’s CNC machine and get some new equipment out of the deal.
Here’s a picture of his machine sitting on the floor of my garage.