I am beginning to dig deeper into the topic of spindles and there’s no category for it. A separate category for “Spindles” would be very helpful. Yes, I remember that OF doesn’t support them but . . . .
I think this would make sense.
This would better be a “Spindle/VFD” category since what is usually called a spindle in context of cnc machines is an induction motor which runs on three phase electricity and its speed is controlled by varying frequency so typically needs a VFD to be used.
But like “Aftermarket Controllers” there also could be a category “Aftermarket Milling Motors”. This may or may not include spindles. Such a category would make sense because in contrast to using a trim router, which has a 65 or 69 mm housing diameter to be held in a hand, there exist many reasonable solutions if people prefer using single-phase universal motors, like Mafell FM-1000 PV-ER (with interface to control speed) or Suhner UAD 25-RF (Suhner Catalog).
But at the moment it is clear that you can not use such motors with Onefinity since the Onefinity CNC lacks a 43 mm mount for wide-spread 43 mm milling motors
I think it is time for this as well. Although 1F may never officially support troubleshooting spindle/VFDs, they certainly know there is an active user base buying their CNCs for use with spindles - particularly I believe because of the design and build quality of their CNC. The fact that they produced the 80 mm mount, and more recently linked a “Makita router or spindle? A guide for new users” FAQ on the Official FB Users Group, makes me think they are invested fully in this upgrade.
that was a good idea. You hit the nerve, category was created very quickly
Now to move all the existing Spindle/VFD related threads
Thanks Aiph5u, looks like someone needs to write the intro for the category. Would you volunteer to do that please?