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Taig CNC Ready Mill

crmill1I have a fresh new Taig CNC ready mill as seen in this picture coming into the shop for awhile. I will use it for testing CNC controls. I need to experience setting it up as a new machine owner would.

Most followers of this blog don’t know my original Taig CNC mill is now 30 days from being nine years old! It is still running like new. Maybe better.  It’s hard for ME to believe I have been using it for that long.

This new Taig CNC mill should behave exactly like my nine year old Taig mill. I do not expect any surprises. The mill is exactly the same as it was nine years ago. The exception is originally my machine did not have the high speed continuous duty ¼ hp motor.

This is a serious investment in inventory dollars but I sold three Taig mills last month. Sales are good. I also don’t want to tear apart “Old Faithfull” just to test new control systems. I did consider doing that (in a different  blog) but I totally like what I have. I have a Smoothstepper built into my home built controller and I was fussing about losing that nice feature. It won’t be included in my recommended package simply for cost reasons, but is highly recommended, even necessary if you don’t have a parallel port on your PC. There will be a different serial adapter available.

So I will have a fully setup and well tested new Taig mill and a functional CNC system I can sell to recoup my investment. Everyone wins!

I could promote the Taig CNC factory package and I may still do that but I am considering something a bit different and I think with more features.  Follow the THMS Store Blog for more info.

I am certain some of the new controller features will migrate to my old mill.

2 Responses to Taig CNC Ready Mill

  • My current lathe has a birth date of 1996 but I don’t work it very hard. Do CNC machines have a lower life to manual machines because you can work them harder? Does the software become obsolete like with mobile phones?

  • Hi Andy – glad to see your comment.

    I don’t think CNC machines have a lower life if they are not total junk. In my case they just see a whole lot more use. My Taig mill runs in three (sometimes four) directions at the same time and I have had runs that last longer than four hours continuous 3D carving. That’s definitely not a 24/7 operation. It’s hobby use so overall fairly light duty. Say a 100 hours a year of movement. A manual mill in hobby use may only have 10 hours a year actual movement. (the rest is setup time) Don’t quote me about the hard numbers, I am just showing a comparison… 🙂 My old Taig is definitely NOT worn out.

    The software can have a very long life, like a good tool, it doesn’t wear out. MACH3 hasn’t changed much in years and any upgrades have always been free. MACH4 is in development but is totally different animal than MACH3. MACH3 will be around a lot longer. CAD always seems to be upgraded and a feature here and there added. Most are not improvements. Staying cutting edge on CAD is not a requirement once you have a working system. I upgrade Rhino and RinoCAM because I can. not because I have to. Same goes for Vectric.

    I like my machine shop because once I have purchased a good (major) tool or machine, I know it will be around or last a lot longer than I will! ha! There is little social need to always have the latest and greatest. Cell phones are a cultural status thing for getting new ones.

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