Error when changing tools, or the larger tool deflecting up and not cutting as deeply.
Best approach for the latter is to set the Depth Per Pass so that the number of passes results in the final pass removing a very thin thickness, so if for example, cutting to a depth of 0.5" and the Depth Per Pass is 0.125" resulting in 4 full depth passes, instead, change the Depth Per Pass to 0.124" which will result in 5 passes, the last of which will remove only 0.004" of thickness.
I’ve sometimes created a separate finishing pass to cut 0.01", but haven’t tried adjusting the depth of cut to manipulate the final pass. I’ll try that for the next run.
What could cause the larger tool to deflect up? It is a downcut end mill, so clogging at the bottom? I’d be surprised if that’s it as I’ve got strong dust collection and am using the default speeds/feeds, so I’m not being aggressive in clearing the 1/4" pocket.
I have a Shapeoko 4 XL with Z-Plus. The spindle (Makita RT0701C) seems very solid, there isn’t any play in any direction and all attachments are firm. If I really push up on it the whole assembly will torque agains the V-wheels on the gantry, but I really have to push on it - way more than seems like normal resistance. The V-wheels are all in contact with the gantry rails and tightened as specified in the assembly instructions.
I will try the indicator movement sequences you listed. Thank you!
I have a Dewalt 611 router and bought a second one with the plunge base and fixed base. It is my spare but my Dewalt is so reliable hopefully I wont need it. Better to have it and not need than need it and not have it.
You might shop around for a plunge base for the Makita (works on the C3D router) and use it around the shop and still have a spare. I find the plunge base does both the plunge function but also as good as the fixed base and more versatile. Dont let it collect dust or be forgotten in a cabinet.
I’ve had differences in rest machining or v-carve toolpaths before. The times I’ve experienced it I was able to trace it down to the material deflecting, vibrating, or warping. Even wood has stresses in it that can cause the material to move weird after material is removed.