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27296Re: [GrizHFMinimill] Re: Remember to lock the gibs while tramming the head

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  • Jeremy Winder
    Apr 8, 2014

      That explains what I'm seeing with another issue altogether where I thought I would have better results with silver steel. For measuring the dovetails, I didn't have any dowel pins large enough so I used the 3/8" shanks of a couple broken smaller end mills. They are the best I had access to last night. If they are precision enough, please let me know, and I'll order pins today.

      Also, what would be the best way of measuring the tapered gib to ensure it is the correct taper?

      Thanks again,


      On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM, Ian Newman <ian_new@...> wrote:

      Hi Jeremy,

      This is probably an aspect you have already addressed, but when measuring the dovetail, I assume you measured over precision ground dowels rather than standard silver steel (drill rod) which is usually specified to have a defined diameter but is not necessarily to be cylindrical. It is usually a "shape of constant width" which makes it unsuitable for use as a gauge in situations where the surfaces being referenced are not parallel - see:

      All the best,

      On 8 Apr 2014, at 01:14, Jeremy Winder <cptwinder@...> wrote:


      The G0704 is a clone of the BF-20L. Over the weekend I attempted to shim the gib so it would be tighter; but I could not resolve the problem with the tram. Grizzly asked that I remove the head and take measurements of the dovetails, which I did tonight. Here are the measurements I got:

      Distance from
      top of column    measurement
      1"               3.485
      4"               3.484
      7"               3.483
      10"             3.483
      13"             3.483 to 3.484
      15"             3.484 to 3.485

      So the column's dovetails are bowed. So I see I have two options, either replace the column or pay one of the local machine shops to regrind them. I'm not sure if any of the local shops can regrind dovetails. It is something I'll have to check into.

      Is there another option I'm missing?

      Thank you,


      On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM, <superc_53@...> wrote:

      Hi Jeremy. 
      There is of course one small problem with that approach.  Specifically Grizzly is just a vendor, not the actual manufacturer of a mill.  Complaining to Grizzly may not accomplish that much to fix the problem.  I would give consideration to finding a longer Z axis gib screw.  The non-parralell dovetail on the bottom of the column sounds like, if correct, a genuine manufacturing problem.  Is not the GO704 a variation of the Sieg SX3 product line?

      Jeremy - Columbus, GA USA

      Jeremy - Columbus, GA USA
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