I upgraded my new water-cooled spindle, and holy crap it’s like a whole new beast of a machine. That 80mm mount attached to the HDZ feels bulletproof. The spindle itself looks like a lab experiment. It’s all so clean, fast, and quiet it’s almost eerie.
For my first job I tore through a chunk of Bolivian Rosewood at 150-175 ipm with a 1/2" upcut, using the aggressive settings for a similar Amana bit — and it was like losing my CNC virginity all over again. I seriously get excited when I think of it, and just want to go back out there and make more sawdust.
So, in case anyone else was interested in upgrading, I thought I’d post links to the pieces I used. I needed some help to track everything down, so I wanted to pass it on in hopes it would be helpful to others.
Right now I have a very basic setup, meaning I control the spindle RPM with the VFD hardware, instead of automatically with Carbide Motion. But I plan to upgrade my setup once I’m in my new shop next month. I am also limited to 110v in my shop, so that’s the equipment I link to below. You can easily find 220v options for the spindle and VFD if that’s what you want.
So here’s all you need for a basic 110v setup:
80mm spindle mount:
Shielded cable (to run from VFD to Spindle — don’t skimp on this):
800gph aquarium pump
I had to get a separate 1/4" reducing barb for the pump from Lowe’s. Can’t find it on the site, but it looks like this:
Bucket or a medium plastic bin:
Your new monster 1/2" endmill so that you may crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women:
I also got everything I need (I think) to upgrade and to hand the speed control over to Carbide Motion, which I’ll assemble next month in my new shop:
Pin header connector:
I hope this is helpful for anyone who is wanting to upgrade! I really cannot encourage it enough. I can’t wait to resume my projects, and see how much time I save roughing with this .5" beast of an end mill.