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Taig lathe drilling capacity

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:54
I'm hoping to make some wooden wind instruments that require a 1/2" bore to be drilled in hardwood end grain with a gun drill. Irrespective of the length of the bed, would it be asking to much of the power train to do this? I like the looks and price of the Taig, but I wonder if it's jist to small for me. Thanks!

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Taig CNC vs Tormach 440

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:22
How do the Taig and the 440 Tormach stack up against each other as far as material removal? I kind of visualize both of them being truly hobby machines? Opinions please.

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Taig CNC vs Tormach 440

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:22
How do the Taig and the 440 Tormach stack up against each other as far as material removal? I kind of visualize both of them being truly hobby machines? Opinions please.

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4th axis

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:46
Has anyone tried these Low priced Chinese 4th axes set ups from eBay?

CNC Router Rotational Rotary Axi A-axis 4th-axis 3-Jaw and Tail stock USA | eBay

I'm looking to put a fourth axis on my Deepgroove1.

I just got this mill and would appreciate any advice on adding a fourth axis.

Thanks, Chuck

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4th axis

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:46
Has anyone tried these Low priced Chinese 4th axes set ups from eBay?

CNC Router Rotational Rotary Axi A-axis 4th-axis 3-Jaw and Tail stock USA | eBay

I'm looking to put a fourth axis on my Deepgroove1.

I just got this mill and would appreciate any advice on adding a fourth axis.

Thanks, Chuck

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Facebook Group

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:44
For anyone interested in TAIG , there is more interaction going on over here. Not my page but I am joined up.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/524365887660604/

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Build Thread New Taig Mill On The Way Time For An Enclosure

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 22:46
SO the new mill is in the mail and its time to make an enclosure for it. Lets get the party started.
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Stale As Moldy Bread In Here

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:12
Anyone alive in this thread , nobody Taiging anymore. Anyone here in the Taig owners Facebook page??

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Ready to Buy New Taig

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:27
The website for this unit is pretty weak and extremely outdated in design! Who do you talk to about buying one of these, deals , etc.
Looking for any upgrades or handy info on this mill.
I am looking for a package I don't want to fidget with piecing something together. I am curious about some of these highly upgraded spindles I see or any users advice who have been milling with it for a while

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I'm buying a taig mill. Total n00b. What else ?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 08:14
So after years of pondering WTF to do and knowing I want a cnc mill, due to space size and cost I am going with a taig.
Haven't decided what software/controller to run just yet, but i'll figure it out shortly.
I do believe it comes with a few collets and a vise. What else would I need?
My cnc experience is my cnc plasma table and I played with a shapoko3 for a few months of owning it

I'm not going with ball screws due to cost and my work isn't going to be precise. I am planning on doing 99% aluminum work anyway and hopefully taking parts off my cnc plasma to be engraved with a drag knife/pen on the taig.

Some of what I want to start with are super basic like this with tapered holes. Where can I go to read and learn about the super basics like if I wanted to mill the holes then bolt it down so i can mill the outside completely and not have to do any finish work?

I do have a few spare 1/4" end mills. Not sure what size the taig can hold, but just a short list of other things I need. Haimer? Dial Indicator? Parallel bars? That's about the extend of my knowledge right there


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I'm buying a taig mill. Total n00b. What else ?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 08:14
So after years of pondering WTF to do and knowing I want a cnc mill, due to space size and cost I am going with a taig.
Haven't decided what software/controller to run just yet, but i'll figure it out shortly.
I do believe it comes with a few collets and a vise. What else would I need?
My cnc experience is my cnc plasma table and I played with a shapoko3 for a few months of owning it

I'm not going with ball screws due to cost and my work isn't going to be precise. I am planning on doing 99% aluminum work anyway and hopefully taking parts off my cnc plasma to be engraved with a drag knife/pen on the taig.

Some of what I want to start with are super basic like this with tapered holes. Where can I go to read and learn about the super basics like if I wanted to mill the holes then bolt it down so i can mill the outside completely and not have to do any finish work?

I do have a few spare 1/4" end mills. Not sure what size the taig can hold, but just a short list of other things I need. Haimer? Dial Indicator? Parallel bars? That's about the extend of my knowledge right there


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Attaching dial indicator

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:06
I have a CNC Taig mill, I got a Chinese dial indicator, the type with plunger... but its useless if you can't attach it. I have a vise setup and I would like to square it up. What to buy for attachment that will work on my Taig, I prefer to buy not make it as I usually cut plastic and don't have any metal stock to machine parts. I've googled for hours and searched Ebay but did not find anything. IF you post a link to the item I need that would be great.

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Attaching dial indicator

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:06
I have a CNC Taig mill, I got a Chinese dial indicator, the type with plunger... but its useless if you can't attach it. I have a vise setup and I would like to square it up. What to buy for attachment that will work on my Taig, I prefer to buy not make it as I usually cut plastic and don't have any metal stock to machine parts. I've googled for hours and searched Ebay but did not find anything. IF you post a link to the item I need that would be great.

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Upgrading Taig Mill

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 08:19
I purchased a used Taig mill about a year back. It was a manual mill that had been upgraded to CNC. I thought it was a great way to get into the machining world. That being said, my knowledge and terminology is very limited in the machining world. I am looking to upgrade my machine, but first current specs:

1/5 HP motor @ 1725 RPM
Short X Table
3/4-16 spindle
1/4-20 Lead Screws

Now to upgrade all of these parts individually would cost roughly $1700 from Taig. Or I could purchase a new "CNC Ready" machine for ~$2000 and swap my steppers. I'm pretty well convinced on just buying the whole thing since the cost difference is small and the down time would be a lot less. However, I wanted to make sure I understand the implications before I commit to buying a new machine.

- I own 6 a2z tool holders in various diameters. Will these tool holders work with the new er16 headstock?
- I run LinuxCNC. Since I purchased this machine used, I have never gone through the setup process. I am assuming moving to ball screws, a new setup file will be required? I have watched some videos on youtube and the setup seems fairly straight forward. Is this a safe assumption?


Bonus question: The whole purpose for me upgrading is to increase productivity. I currently can only run my machine at 11 in/min due to lost steps on the Z axis (weight of the motor seems to be the problem). Moving to ball screws should reduce the friction load drastically allowing me to increase my speed without losing steps. I am hoping this will make my controller or PC the limiting factor. If I am not happy with the rates, what would be the next thing to upgrade on the controller or PC?

Current setup:
Gigabyte GA-D525TUD Mobo
Intel ATOM @ 1.8 GHz
Standard HDD
2 GB of RAM
I use onboard video & parallel port. There is one PCI slot available.

Applied motion HT23-299 stepper motors (not sure how they are wired)
3x Applied Motion 2035 controller cards
CR10R10 Parallel Input Card? (Input is Parallel port from PC, output is to the steppers)


PS. I understand moving while cutting is based on the material being cut, tool being used, etc., but 11in/min while in air is painful. If I can move around 50 in/min in air my program lengths can be cut anywhere from 30-50%.

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Upgrading Taig Mill

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 08:19
I purchased a used Taig mill about a year back. It was a manual mill that had been upgraded to CNC. I thought it was a great way to get into the machining world. That being said, my knowledge and terminology is very limited in the machining world. I am looking to upgrade my machine, but first current specs:

1/5 HP motor @ 1725 RPM
Short X Table
3/4-16 spindle
1/4-20 Lead Screws

Now to upgrade all of these parts individually would cost roughly $1700 from Taig. Or I could purchase a new "CNC Ready" machine for ~$2000 and swap my steppers. I'm pretty well convinced on just buying the whole thing since the cost difference is small and the down time would be a lot less. However, I wanted to make sure I understand the implications before I commit to buying a new machine.

- I own 6 a2z tool holders in various diameters. Will these tool holders work with the new er16 headstock?
- I run LinuxCNC. Since I purchased this machine used, I have never gone through the setup process. I am assuming moving to ball screws, a new setup file will be required? I have watched some videos on youtube and the setup seems fairly straight forward. Is this a safe assumption?


Bonus question: The whole purpose for me upgrading is to increase productivity. I currently can only run my machine at 11 in/min due to lost steps on the Z axis (weight of the motor seems to be the problem). Moving to ball screws should reduce the friction load drastically allowing me to increase my speed without losing steps. I am hoping this will make my controller or PC the limiting factor. If I am not happy with the rates, what would be the next thing to upgrade on the controller or PC?

Current setup:
Gigabyte GA-D525TUD Mobo
Intel ATOM @ 1.8 GHz
Standard HDD
2 GB of RAM
I use onboard video & parallel port. There is one PCI slot available.

Applied motion HT23-299 stepper motors (not sure how they are wired)
3x Applied Motion 2035 controller cards
CR10R10 Parallel Input Card? (Input is Parallel port from PC, output is to the steppers)


PS. I understand moving while cutting is based on the material being cut, tool being used, etc., but 11in/min while in air is painful. If I can move around 50 in/min in air my program lengths can be cut anywhere from 30-50%.

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Problem TAIG CNC - Z axis getting bound

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 07:01
Currently I have the TAIG CNC machine. Recently it has been getting bound when going up in the positive Z direction. It will go down no problem but when going up, at certain points the motor will make a high pitch noise like it normally does when it hits a Z extreme. At these points if I manually try to crank (with the controller off) it is very hard to move up. This indicates that it is a mechanical problem. I took apart the Z axis and understand that there is a jib inside. I do understand how the jib works, tightening and loosening the top and bottom screws to move the wedge. I have tried with the wedge all the way up (biggest gap) and all the way down, along with in between in small increments. It will go up when the jib is all the way up but if I press down with my hand barely then it gets bound so I am thinking it is something other than the jib? I am not sure which other parts I can adjust or would get stuck. I did follow the directions on youtube of setting the brass insert that is attached to the threaded rod, where I tightened it to the point of where the motor couldn''t move and then backed off a little bit. Has anyone had binding troubles like this?

I am a pretty new member on this forum so I apologize if I missed anything but feel free to ask any questions too.

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Problem TAIG CNC - Z axis getting bound

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 07:01
Currently I have the TAIG CNC machine. Recently it has been getting bound when going up in the positive Z direction. It will go down no problem but when going up, at certain points the motor will make a high pitch noise like it normally does when it hits a Z extreme. At these points if I manually try to crank (with the controller off) it is very hard to move up. This indicates that it is a mechanical problem. I took apart the Z axis and understand that there is a jib inside. I do understand how the jib works, tightening and loosening the top and bottom screws to move the wedge. I have tried with the wedge all the way up (biggest gap) and all the way down, along with in between in small increments. It will go up when the jib is all the way up but if I press down with my hand barely then it gets bound so I am thinking it is something other than the jib? I am not sure which other parts I can adjust or would get stuck. I did follow the directions on youtube of setting the brass insert that is attached to the threaded rod, where I tightened it to the point of where the motor couldn''t move and then backed off a little bit. Has anyone had binding troubles like this?

I am a pretty new member on this forum so I apologize if I missed anything but feel free to ask any questions too.

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Need Help! Having trouble with 2 of 3 axes, both difficult to turn by hand...Mach 3 CNC

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:14
I recently purchased a used Taig CNC mill with the Microproto 2000 controller. The seller paid UPS to pack it and they did a terrible job, so this could be an issue they caused. I have set up Mach3 and am able to get the Y axis to respond correctly, this axis is also easy to move by hand, it turns smoothly. The Z and X axes are both pretty difficult to turn by hand. The X axis is the easier of the two to turn by hand, its motor will turn the correct directions when controlled by mach 3 but it chatters pretty badly and the table doesnt move at all. When I try to move the Z axis with Mach 3 the motor just chatters and wont move at all. Anyone have any idea what the issue could be? Does it sound like it could have taken damage from not being immobilized in its shipping box? Thanks for any help

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Need Help! Having trouble with 2 of 3 axes, both difficult to turn by hand...Mach 3 CNC

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:14
I recently purchased a used Taig CNC mill with the Microproto 2000 controller. The seller paid UPS to pack it and they did a terrible job, so this could be an issue they caused. I have set up Mach3 and am able to get the Y axis to respond correctly, this axis is also easy to move by hand, it turns smoothly. The Z and X axes are both pretty difficult to turn by hand. The X axis is the easier of the two to turn by hand, its motor will turn the correct directions when controlled by mach 3 but it chatters pretty badly and the table doesnt move at all. When I try to move the Z axis with Mach 3 the motor just chatters and wont move at all. Anyone have any idea what the issue could be? Does it sound like it could have taken damage from not being immobilized in its shipping box? Thanks for any help

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Problem Spindle control relay

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 07:06
I would like to add a spindle control relay to my Taig mill but I am not sure how the Micromill's I/O port is pinned. I picked up this mill at a pawn shop without any literature and I cannot find anything online. I am running Mach3 and I am planning on following the article Tom Benedict Builds a Relay Box for His Taig CNC Mill on how to build the relay box I just don't know how to control it. Any help is appreciated.



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