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Any tips to take up backlash in fine downfeed on LMS 3990 Mill?

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okent

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I'm going to put dro's on the mill but just wondering if anyone has found a fix for this.
I've got about 65thou of backlash which seems like a lot.
 

wrmiller

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It's the rack and pinion design. I do vaguely remember reading about someone tightening up theirs. It involved shims and whatnot. I don't believe it was on this site though, so you will have to cross your fingers and google it.

EDIT: The good news is that since you're putting DROs on the mill (I had them on my hi-torque) the backlash is more of an inconvenience than anything as the DRO will measure absolute position, not the rotational position of the screw.
 
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