Just ordered a xxl and starting to get prepared for its arrival.
I have an old hitachi m6sb trimmer seems very close to the makita and doesn’t have any speed control so I was thinking of buying one of these to control the speed and start stop via the grbl controller.
Has anyone tried it or see any problems I may face.
I’m in Australia so the 220 volt is ok.
Cheers and have enjoyed reading all of your posts so far.
Does that controller used feedback from the motor to detect load? The routers with a built-in speed control have a tach that senses when the motor is bogging down, to increase power and keep RPM’s consistent.
the makita is an easy option to get started with, I originally bought two from Bunnings, and used the second as a palm router as it was designed, and to keep as a spare. Cheap, robust and simple option
I’ve since upgraded to an air cooled Huanyang spindle/VFD. cost me about $300 on Aliexpress. This is a good long term option as it gives me speed control and on/off control through gcode which makes the whole process a bit more seamless.
I was based in Tuart Hill in Perth, but have since moved east… I miss those West Coast beaches!
@Jasoni Adam’s Bits in Victoria has Makita collets at a reasonable price (and $2 postage also), unfortunately he doesn’t carry the 1/8" collet and I cannot find a local supplier of these. Also I am unsure about the runout. I work in wood without high tolerances so it’s not a problem for me.
Elaire Corp. in the US make low runout collets but they are expensive especially as the AU$ is so low now. @stutaylo
I would agree not to Frankenstein your machine. The Makita is brushless and had both the Imperial and Metric collets available. Here is the USA we are on the Imperial measurement but we can get the metric bits by ordering. Personally I see the logic of metric but still use Imperial because I have used it all my life and I am too old to change now. Is imperial still used some in Australia.
I believe you need the spacer for the Makita but I also think it ships with the Shapeoko. The Dewalt is sold worldwide and it also has metric and Imperial collets available. The Dewalt 611 does not need the collar (spacer) the Makita needs but my understanding is most of the spindle motors use the same diameter of the spindle body as the Makita so you would need the collar/spacer for them if you upgrade in the future.