So my Shapeoko Pro is currently flying over the Atlantic to live in the UK and I can’t wait until she gets here. I’ve run cheap CNC’s before, but it’s time to do it properly! Now over here, we’re a bit odd - I design everything in millimetres, but my car travels in MPH, I buy 6x2 timber and I drink pints of beer rather than 568 millilitres.
Already got my Makita RT0700CX4, which is the European product code for the US rt0701c version. I expected our European version would be metric so I can use ER Collets, but no, it’s a quarter inch.
I know Elaire make Makita collets for ER, but am I simply looking in the wrong direction? End Mill Suppliers look like they sell metric shanks, and it makes sense to do everything using one measurement system, but where do I start?
Can anyone tell me the way forward? Do I…
- Find a UK supplier for imperial collets and shanks and run designs in MM and bits in Imperial
- Start designing in Feet and inches
- Find a company that makes a converter for ER like Elaire
- Get a new router that accepts metric collets
Apart from this issue, I’m ready to make chips. Any help appreciated!