Bought a 2.2kw spindle finally!

(Stephen Taylor) #1

Sort of a brag but finally bought a 2.2kw spindle.

Ive checked lukes post about the shopping list and have purchased what I need there. Is there anything else that you guys who have installed one if these found out you needed after the fact? It comes in Wednesday I just want to make sure I have everything I need.


(Julien Heyman) #2

I’ll be following the responses in this thread with interest, as I have been forcing myself to not do this upgrade just yet, but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist the urge :slight_smile:

(Stephen Taylor) #3

Yea I found a kit from Amazon warehouse for a bit cheaper. Have a friend of mine coming by Sunday to help install the 220v socket and we should be good to go.

(Griff ) #4

Haha, I’m with you @Julien, I suspect I’ll go this route eventually. Even if I can’t think of a good reason!

(Graham Gerhardt) #5

Got mine installed a month or so ago. Only hiccup I had was my variable frequency drive only accepted a 0-10V signal for speed control, but the GRBL board on the S3XXL only puts out 0-5V. But thanks to Aliexpress, I installed a little PWM converter that steps it up to the required 0-10V.

Have to say its really cool having automatic ON/OFF and speed control.

And the spindle is sooooooo much quieter - the vacuum is by far the loudest thing in the room!

If anyone is thinking about it - no regrets!

(Stephen Taylor) #6

Well I bought it as a kit so I’m hoping it comes with what is required. We’ll see Thursday

(Neil Ferreri) #7

Any of you guys willing to part with your stock router mount? I’m going to try to rebuild a SO3 for the school (I’m a teacher) using some cobbled together parts from an XL upgrade.

(Griff ) #8


Need a stock Z axis?

(Gary) #9

There is a setting I don’t remember the $ value but you can change it to 5v. See Lukes upgrade info it has it in it.

(Stephen Taylor) #10

Yea I thought I read that in there.

(Graham Gerhardt) #11

Unfortunately not on mine!

A lot of the VFD’s on the market seem to be similar in that regard. Mine is a different horse - all the internal codes are different etc…

But its all good now - got it sorted with the little converter module for $12.

The best thing about a spindle is that it is internally grounded - so using the probe, I don’t need to ground the bit with the clip.

(Stephen Taylor) #12

Are you able to make heavier cuts with it? Aka 1/2in ish?

I guess what I’m asking is what changed between the old router and the spindle?

(Vince) #13

The runnout and bearing arrangement are good selling points.

(Graham Gerhardt) #14

Yes, you can make heavier cuts. That said, you start to stress other parts (Like the X/Z gantry) so there is a limit to what is possible.

I got the spindle for a variety of reasons - one of the big ones was collet size availability. I purchase a fair number of bits that are in metric - so having metric collets was critical. I have a complete ER 20 collet set from 1mm up to 16mm. Just the ability to use 8mm, 10mm and 1/2" is reason alone.

Another factor was noise - my neighbour across the street was complaining about the noise when I worked into the evening. And with the Dewalt 611 I always wore hearing protection. Last night with my spindle, I was cutting Aluminium - and could have gone into the wee hours without anyone hearing. I don’t need hearing protection (for most cuts - sometimes a heavy cut in wood starts to be noisy. Loudest thing I have now is the shop vac - need to put that in a box and kill some noise!

Throw in the automatic on/off controls. And speed control, and range of RPMs.

Ease of tool probing. No motor fan blowing the dust everywhere (if you go water cooled).

Granted its a lot more than a Dewalt 611 - that is the only downside. But you won’t look back once you cross over!

(Stephen Taylor) #15

Perfect! Thanks! I wasn’t looking to make any crazy cuts. But the low noise and lower available speed I want. I am just wanting to see if I can run this compression bit at 1/2 an inch that’s what I started looking into this for.

(Gary) #16

Actually many spindles don’t have the ground wire attached. Mine wasn’t I ended up drilling and tapping a hole on the inside of the cap and adding the ground wire to the plug.

(Stephen Taylor) #17

This is something I’d really not want to do… We’ll see tomorrow when it comes in I guess

(Stephen Taylor) #18

Right off the bat… The mount has no holes on it. How tf do I mount this thing on the hdz?

Edit: I’m assuming I’m going to be drilling the holes

(Gary) #19

Yes. You will be drilling holes. Luke sells a predrilled 80mm mount for a 2.2kw spindle. Thats what I did. Worth the money very accurately drilled.

(Stephen Taylor) #20

Yea that’s the plan really. I was just hoping to get everything in before this weekend. I believe he’s on vacation right now.
For someone that has never dealt with electricity this vfd stuff seems daunting… :anguished: