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Router Table Retrofit - Advice request
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:46:56 PM »
I hope I've done my homework correctly... (have a few remaining questions, and looking for someone to look over my proposed build).

My machine, a 4x8' router table was modified many years ago with a dc motor and a tapping head (self reversing Procunier #1E).  It has 2 Horizontal, and 2 vertical axis.  It was intended to have the two vertical axis (Z, W) drive synchronously in what would be a basic Line-At-Angle (except the hole spacing changes throughout the line).
Obviously, doing this with an old school DC motor becomes a difficult task because of speed and feed rates.  So, I was handed the machine and told to fix it.  This quest brings me to you.  I have done, in my mind, a good amount of research, and would like opinions on my results.  Here are my parameters;

1)The existing drives (Mitsubishi servo's) are wired for SD operation, and do function with Mach3 (which I will use for testing only, before going with Mach4 Hobby.
2)The new motors (we will call them spindles) will need to run between 400-1000 RPM, and provide no less than 18-20 inch pounds of torque at speed.
3)These spindles must be able to maintain relatively matched speeds, as they will be driving (10-32 and 12-24 SAE taps).

After doing my research, here is what I have come up with;

Mach3 or 4 (demo mode, but will license for Mach4 Hobby)







  This allows for 5/16 deviation to compensate for any difference in vertical lift vs. tap rotational speed.

If anyone is familiar with any of the above, I would appreciate and feedback you have.
Anyone that feels compelled to chime in, feel free, please.
Will I need BoB's?

Other places I found information;

thank you for taking the time to read this, and thatnk you also (in advance) for any input you may have.
P.S. be gentle... this is my first time.