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jheinen

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My new PM-25 arrived today.
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Unboxed, and everything looks good.
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Got the stand bolted to the floor:
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Went to hoist it, but the pallet is in the way of the hoist. I've got the arm extended as far as it will go. Not sure what to do other than try lifting the thing by hand, which seems like an all-around bad idea. Anyone have any ideas?
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Slide it over to the right on the pallet and cut away the left side of the pallet.
 

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Cut the pallet up.....
 

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Solved. with the chain fully extended I could reach the lift straps. I eased it up and slid it to the end of the pallet. Now the problem is that the lift straps are too long to allow for enough clearance of the hoist to fit where it's going to go. I'm putting it under a loft in my garage, and there's about seven feet of headroom. I'll have to get some shorter straps so that it lifts close to the top of the machine.
 

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Just wrap the straps around the hoist arm untill they are short enough. Mike
 

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I ended up finding some shorter straps. When my son wakes up I'll try to set it on the stand. I forged some alignment pins this morning that will hopefully help get the mill aligned with the mounting holes.
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It's set up. Cleaned off the goop that was on it and it RUNS! :p The alignment pins I made helped greatly with getting it set on the stand. Now I guess I need to tram it and set up the vise. I supposed I should wait to make chips until the oil I ordered arrives? Also, any tips on removing the chip guard? I can see already that it will be a pain to have it there.

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Remove the guard mount, remove the vertical shaft, reinstall the mount. Presto Chango. The swrich that is in it is normally closed, so with the rod out the circuit is complete.
 

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Didn't know you were on this forum J, the last question you asked on
the blade smith's forum will really get the answers you seek on this one, have fun with it..........:beer:
 

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Ok, got the mill trammed to within .0005" across about 8". I then tried to mount the vise, however the T-bolts supplied with the 5" high-precision vise are too large for the T-slots on the PM-25. How have others dealt with this? I'd try milling the bolts, however it seems that I'd need the vise to do that? Just buy smaller T-bolts? One other issue, the whole thing wobbles a little. I have the stand bolted to a concrete floor, however it still tilts back and forth a bit when I push on it. Is that going to be a problem, or just live with it?

**UPDATE** I found two t-bolts in the toolbox supplied with the mill which solved the problem!
 
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Is the 5" vise too big for this machine? I thought I read that the 5" was best, but the manual says a 4" is suitable.
 

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You have at least a couple of choices on the rocking - either get some shim stock and fit underneath each corner to stop the rocking or fit the base with some rubber feet with adjustable studs. I use the rubber feet on my full size mill and it stays level without any fuss. Jack
 

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Thanks. I think I'll give shims a try, as I really don't want to pull the mill off the stand if I don't have to
 

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Yay. Turns out I had a jar of shims sitting on the shelf. Rock solid now.
 

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Vise is installed and indicated. I think it's ready to make chips once the oil arrives.
 
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