Spindle source - how low can I go?

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Spindle source - how low can I go?

Post by zenwebb » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:41 am

I'm putting together my ShapeOko mechanical kit, and am reaching a point where I need to source my spindle. I had already ruled out the spindles recommended by the community (Proxxon and DeWalt DW660) due to their price, and have been wondering about some of the lower end models.

I was thinking of getting the Black and Decker RTX-B, because I remember reading about it on the forums somewhere. This can be bought on Amazon for $23.72, so it caught my eye.

Just today I was poking around the Wiki and saw that Edward recommended this Neiko spindle for $32.09: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LR ... 00_details

I understand that the more expensive models have better runout tolerance, but would one of these lower-cost spindles still be a good recommendation for a first spindle? I'm planning to primarily use my mill for foam, wood and acrylics - metal would be cool, but I can abstain if need be!
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Re: Spindle source - how low can I go?

Post by deejayspinz » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:49 am

I just picked up a DW660 today for $60 CAD at Lowes (Canada). Usually the trend is things are cheaper in the US, so you may be able to find it for less, or is that still out of your budget?

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Re: Spindle source - how low can I go?

Post by fito » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:59 am

Those should work fine for general purposes usages. If you need something delicate or precise I would look for something else.
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