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27527Re: [GrizHFMinimill] Sieg X1 Mill Belt Drive Conversion?

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  • trainliker
    Jul 22, 2014
      For what it's worth:
      I had already looked up "RDG Tools" and it is a UK located place with a vast collection of tooling for sale.  For those new to machining, it might be amusing to see just how much exists.
      They also have a vast number of steam engines of many types:
      Their pages loaded painfully slow on my computer, though.
      Chuck K.
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      Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:06 AM
      Subject: RE: [GrizHFMinimill] Sieg X1 Mill Belt Drive Conversion?


      H John.

      my apologies I remembered the name incorrectly it's SPG Tools not rpg


      Hope this is of interest

      I did my home brew  X2 conversion primarliy because I was increasingly using fly cutters for surfacing both stock and parts and was conscious of the vulnerability of the plastic gears if things went awry although I did go over 5 years with the stock machine before it broke and that was sheer carelessness on my part.

      I hadn't really found the noise an issue before. The belt drive was a big improvement and the significantly reduced noise was an added bonus. The project became a home made effort largely due to the excess cost of importing the well known Stirling Steele kit from the US.

      Leeds UK

      To: GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com
      From: GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:41:16 -0700
      Subject: Re: [GrizHFMinimill] Sieg X1 Mill Belt Drive Conversion?


      Thanks Gerry
      Can you home me into RPG web site.
      tried various searches but only come up with Games.
      Wondering if they have a belt drive for my Weiss,(Real bull I think) nothing wrong with the machine after 7 years,but
      always trying to quieten things down.My  Weiss is used almost everyday and I've never taken the top off the machine,other than grease the gears.she is a real beauty.


      On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:33 PM, "gerry waclawiak gerrywac@... [GrizHFMinimill]" <GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      Hi John thanks for the reply but I think we are at cross purposes, I was posting about an X1 conversion on behalf of a member of a UK steam loco group who has that machine

      There is a UK stockist of x2 mini-mill belt conversions stocked by RPG Tools a chinese machinery importer and distributor. Some oftheir products appear to be Real Bull type mini lathes and mills. They do the belt conversion both as a kit or can supply a mill with one fitted. Prices are very competitive for the UK.

      I came across them a couple of years ago now at one of the UK's premier model engineering shows and posted the details on the group which I think is where Charlie got them!

      I made my own for my X2 type using the scrap box using modified Hoss Machine plans about 4.5 years ago, only commercial part was a Gates mini V belt.. A highly recommended conversion for the low rnd geared mills

      Gerry W
      Leeds UK

      To: GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com
      From: GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:41:01 -0700
      Subject: Re: [GrizHFMinimill] Sieg X1 Mill Belt Drive Conversion?


      Hi Gerry
      I believe there is a company in the UK,that does mini mill belt conversions.
      If you contact Charlie Levinski in New Jersey,he bought the complete unit from them,i am sure he will help you.
      Send him an email 


      On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:25 AM, "Joe Blount joe.blount@... [GrizHFMinimill]" <GrizHFMinimill@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      Here's a discussion thread related to what I did on my X2.

      Here are photos.

      There are no written plans for what I did, I made it up as I went along.
      I am using one of the belts I linked to in the thread.  I don't have many hours on it yet, but so far it seems to be holding up great.

      Basically, I bought a treadmill motor on Ebay that came with the AC->DC speed control, then made everything to fit it.
      I have  a G0602 lathe, which I used to make the pulleys.

      It has 3 ratios, which I selected based on:
        - the available belt size I could find
        - the smallest pulley diameter I thought I could get away with
        - the biggest pulley diameter I have room for


      On 7/15/2014 4:08 PM, gerry waclawiak gerrywac@... [GrizHFMinimill] wrote:
      I am posting to enquire about the little brother of the the mini-mill (Sieg X2 based) the rather smaller X1.

      In addition to being a member of several mini-lathe and mill groups I also belong to a primarily UK group building small scale steam locos (where my own mill and lathe come in) and one of the members has an X1 with broken gears and wanted to know if anyone knew of either a belt drive conversion, plans for one or alternatively a source of replacement metal gears

      As this is a rather more specialised group I just wanted to ask if anyone here can help out with some info

      look forward to hearing from you

      Gerry W
      Leeds Uk

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