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Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: Conect 121 cnc retrofit
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:07:03 PM »

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: Conect 121 cnc retrofit
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:13:12 PM »
Thanks hood!  a spare would be very useful,  especially if I fremember it trying to hook it up to the bob lol!

The lathe arrived today and guest what!  it came with a friend!  The guy had two of these wee machines and I couldn't resresist!  the second one may be sold after I convert it to fund the orac conversion but we shall see!

Hood, how do the steppers disconnect from the ball ballscrews??  Looks like there may be a tiny grub screw?? 

Hello everyone! Im based in livingston, scotland.

I'm about to start my first CNC project (Retrofitting a Conect 121 lathe).  This will be my my dads retirement toy!  Also have a wee Denford Orac and a x3 mill to convert once i finish the Conect! Looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Conect 121 cnc retrofit
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:20:35 PM »
Hi folks,

Have manged to find a nice little conect 121 cnc lathe locally and I'm looking forward to my first cnc refit.  This will be a small lathe for my dad to play with in his retirement.

I'm literally learning as I go with this project and it's going to be a budget build.  I have got a nice orac hidden at the rear of the workshop which will be my project but the conect will be a good starting point.

I haven't got the machine home yet but I will get some pictures up, it is the same model "hood" has covered in the past.  I am going to try and keep the origonal motors and the DC spindle motor.  Don't have the motor specs yet but I'm hoping they will be on the motor as i can't find much on it online.  I have read that there are KB boards which will allow me to use the DC motor and possibly control it from Mach. 

If anyone has experience  with this motor type and running it with a speed controller please let me know how you did it.

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