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Well I've been pretty quiet about things here on the forums lately. I had a few problems with my initial 12z mill, I will not get into any details. But I no longer own that machine.
Also as some of you know, Bill,(wrmiller) has recently upgraded to a knee mill and sold his 12z. After the problems with the first mill I was somewhat reluctant at first. But after much thought I decided that it was no longer a charter oak machine after all of the modifications and re working Bill has done on the machine. So I am proud to announce I am the new owner, unfortunately the Bill said I have to come up with a new name for it. (undecided). But I've been extremely happy with the machine so far. And am proud to call it mine. 9a372a809ab0dd07a872a632f3053dea.jpg

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Nice. Congrats. I'm sure Bill made it much better than original which will aid in the fun factor of using it.

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Long live 'The Boss'! ;)

You can proudly claim that you own a pretty much one-of-a-kind mill. (he's already experienced how powerful this thing is after smoking a couple of end mills...)

You can call it El Hefe, I don't mind. Just don't call it the "Miller Machine Works". ;)
 

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The first project was a combination lathe and mill. A chuck key for a new bison 3 jaw, also courtesy of Bill. 9c27ee1b8a76ea2ccb4114b38ce684cd.jpg d949f96e69dd0b8fbe6a819812623e7c.jpg 36e6869a369611e1be6023105ead5ffd.jpg

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Nice. Congrats. I'm sure Bill made it much better than original which will aid in the fun factor of using it.

Mike.
Yes this thing is awesome, as Bill mentioned I already smoked an endmill cutting the chuck key 7/16 4 flute hss in 4140 it was going so smooth I decided to take a heavier cut, then things started glowing a dull orange.. oops. All the while the mill never knew it was cutting anything.

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Sounds like you need something for cooling. Mister anyone??
 

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I encouraged Bill to add some glowing eyes to El Hefe! Congratulations on you new beast.
 

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I encouraged Bill to add some glowing eyes to El Hefe! Congratulations on you new beast.
The new control panel I'm building will be illuminated? That count?

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Started a new quill stop today. Its made from a chunk of 3x.625 1018. The original quill stop only had 1 bolt holding it in place, a5a211c3a2620b4a3e08f44c171c0ff1.jpg 3e2a231f8b9c1effd5f77e9c777a9d40.jpg 67144a65d665457488e1bd51c7401aa2.jpg I forgot that I do not have a drill chuck yet so I cannot finish it until I get one.

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Dude, you should have said something when you stopped by. I would have loaned you one. :)
 

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I didn't think about it until i needed to drill.

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Ordered all of my vfd control panel parts today. Should all be here by wednesday. Im thinking the bland white box is gonna need a good carbon fiber wrap

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Are you installing a illuminated switch or other indicator that shows power is on? I just put in a order for a LED lit e-stop button, as I keep forgetting to turn off the power to the mill (I changed the VFD fans to temperature controlled in the settings so now I don't even hear those). I'll have to switch from negative to positive and run a return ground for the LED but I think that's it.
 

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Im installing a standalone led, hooked up to a keyed switch. From there it will go out to the e stop switch, and then on to the fwd rev switch. Im installing the key because the mill is at my dads. I dont want just anyone trying to use it while I'm not there.

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So here is what I've come up with for the control panel. 90d8059274b227706091b13c756e207a.jpg

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Looks like you have everything you need, except for an outlet for the coffee pot. :grin: Mike
 

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Looks like you have everything you need, except for an outlet for the coffee pot. :grin: Mike
I actually have a mini fridge for the rum n coke under the mill.

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Is the switch just right of the e-stop your fwd/off/rev switch?
 

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Yep thats fwd n rev. All of the legend plates on automation direct were backwards like the original switch. So i opted for a blank that I could fill in myself.

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Yea, I hear you. I had to flip the legend plate on my switch after I re-wired it so I could just write a 'F' and 'R' on there with a marker. :)
 

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For those following along. Completely un related to the mill i did another thing today. 62dd67e3f4be286ccd89ec1562d19f25.jpg bought an ammco 9,000lb 2 post lift.. Now i really need a bigger shop

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You won't regret getting the lift. One of the best purchases I ever made. Mike
 

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Thanks! The picture was taken at work they upgraded me to a 15k. So I bought the old lift from the company who does the installs for $500 Its now broken down on a trailer. Need to build a shop big enough to put it in.. Wasn't going to let that deal go to waste.

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For those following along. Completely un related to the mill i did another thing today. 62dd67e3f4be286ccd89ec1562d19f25.jpg bought an ammco 9,000lb 2 post lift.. Now i really need a bigger shop

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Nice. I have an Ammco 10k pound two-post lift in my shop and I love it. I too need a bigger shop though.:(

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Vfd controller mounted, wired, and programmed. The programming was a headache but after a couple hours of reading, head scratching, and cursing before the light bulb moment i got it all working. Only thing I'm curious about is my led lights are very dim. 24v + going to terminal 1 ground to terminal 2. Not sure if I reversed polarity that would make them brighter, or not work at all? The lights are led 22mm units from automation direct.
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Only thing I'm curious about is my led lights are very dim. 24v + going to terminal 1 ground to terminal 2. Not sure if I reversed polarity that would make them brighter, or not work at all? The lights are led 22mm units from automation direct.
I think you wired them correctly. They are normally pretty bright. Two posibilities that I can see, maybe you ordered the 120V LEDs by mistake, or your 24V supply is not big enough to power the LEDs. What are you using for a 24V supply?
 

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I think you wired them correctly. They are normally pretty bright. Two posibilities that I can see, maybe you ordered the 120V LEDs by mistake, or your 24V supply is not big enough to power the LEDs. What are you using for a 24V supply?
Pretty sure i ordered 24v leds. But ill check the invoice. The power source is the 500ma 24volt positive logic supply from vfd which is a danfoss fc51

Edit: there are only 2 led's . pwr on indicator, and estop. I can turn one off and the other does not get brighter if that helps

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