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Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:21 pm
by randycarver
Is anybody running a Makita 0701 with the z-axis belt drive kit yet? I'm considering this for my spindle configuration, and I'm wondering how much of the work area is lost to the larger router body. I realize the belt drive z-axis allows the router to be mounted closer to the Z axis maker slide, and this should help.

I know Targus is considering this setup. Anyone else, yet?

Just ran my first milling job on my S02 today. I have over 200 signs to make this winter, so I am looking at a more robust spindle setup.

Re: Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:14 pm
by WillAdams
The only work area which should be lost is at the back of the machine, a narrow strip defined by the difference in the location of the collet centers (left--right is limited by the X-axis gantry plate width).

If you use an efficiently arranged mount that distance should be about zero.

I lose a small bit of left--right travel on mine mounted on my SO1 'cause the vacuum hose is mounted on the left 'cause of the closed endplate design --- you should use a mount which hangs it off the front.

Re: Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:33 am
by Damin69
I have not had any problem yet using Targus's Makita Brackethttp://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... ta+Bracket

That being said. I am still waiting on the Belt drive kits to get in so that I can upgrade to the Nema 23 motor I have sitting on my shelf for the Z axis.

Re: Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:03 am
by RobCee
I have a setup using my own variants of this. Using a belt driven Z-Axis and a Chinese 800w spindle. Pics towards the end of this post.
I am now able to recover 15mm of the stick-out that using a larger spindle (65mm dia) required to clear the original motor mount plate.
Having said that, I still have a reasonable amount of overhang at the front of the machine when the gantry is full forward.
If you extend your waste board, or just use a solid enough workpiece, it is possible to hang jobs over the front edge, provided they are well held further back.
I have thought about doing something to provide support at that front edge, but it is on my long list of tinkerings as yet!

Re: Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:59 pm
by randycarver
Thanks for all the info, folks! I've just picked up the Makita and will go with Targus's mounts for now, and eventually the belt drive Z-axis.

Re: Makita plus Z-axis belt drive yet?

Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:59 am
by oniontalker
I'd love to know how much Y you can get back with that and a mount change.

I'd have to change how I have my drag chain hooked up with it, but I guess it'd be worth it for the Y and the warm fuzzy feeling of the router being closer with its BFF, gantry.