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rgray

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I've been interested in CNC for some time. Even buying a G code book and thumbing through it and thinking "that don't look to hard" (my ignorance)
So it's a long story that started last august with me looking at a CNC machine that a retiring shop owner was looking to get rid of.
Long story short I picked it up mid december. I imagined starting out with some small machine, maybe an engraver. Something desk top, then moving to
a small converted lathe or something.....But no....I start with a 10,000 lb mori Seiki from 1982. 4 axis...so twin turrets to add to the complication.
With a "few" cabinets of computer hardware (huge amount) that have probably 1/20th the processing power of my cell phone.

Giant learning curve ahead of me...it's in place...it works...well it did (have a bubble memory problem question I'll start a new thread with the question).
Wish me luck!!
Here is his first attempt at selling it: http://www.practicalmachinist.com/v...ki-tl-1-cnc-turning-center-lathe-sale-335246/
Price changed many times...I put out no cash for it....traded a couple of vehicles for it.
 

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Nothing like jumping in head first :grin:
 

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We don't know how to use it either. It's a long slow learning curve. We had a minor crash the other day which put the turret out of sequence, it was about a 2 hour job to get it synced up again. Had to do it manually, we couldn't figure out how to do it from the control panel. I see a controls upgrade in the future. ;)
 

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We had a minor crash the other day which put the turret out of sequence, it was about a 2 hour job to get it synced up again.
The previous owner installed a to long tool in turret 2 so when he indexed it hit the way covers and stopped.
I think from talking to him he was way beyond a couple of hours to fix it.
He dug in clear to the geneva mechanism, just to find out it had tripped the overload and all that was needed was a button push in the rear cabinet.
 
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