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Transporting Tips?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:57 am
by tyman00
We are considering moving our Meteor to another site to bring it closer to allow for better accessibility while we learn the machine. Currently our Meteor resides a Kreg workbench with casters and 2 sheets of 3/4 plywood sandwiched together. We will fasten it to the top using either existing brackets or by adding 80/20 brackets if necessary. We are considering using an enclosed trailer to roll the bench into and secure the bench to the wall for transport. What other steps would we need to take to properly secure the CNC, especially the gantry?

The trip is only about 100 miles and we'll be taking it easy during the transport trip.

Re: Transporting Tips?

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:33 pm
by beltramidave
A couple of pointers for you. Before powering the machine down, move the gantry and spindle/router to the middle of the machine. Remove any tooling in the spindle/router and get a piece of 2" thick styrofoam and run the Z axis down towards the table. Lightly sandwich the z axis plate between the styrofoam and the table. This is the way Probotix ships the machine.

Another thing to watch out for is the limit switches mounted underneath on the gantry arms. Probotix removes these when they ship the machines. Unplug the wires (turn off controller first) and remove bolts. Don't lose the bolts and pay attention to where the wires were connected.

When lifting the machine, do not lift under the acme screws. Easiest to lift from the front and back. Unplug all the cables from the controller and computer.

Dave

Re: Transporting Tips?

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:45 am
by tyman00
Thanks Dave. Since the machine is mounted to a rolling table we will not need to lift it. I like your idea about sandwiching the Z plate between styrofoam and the table.

I don't recall the limit switches being removed when we got the machine, but it's not a bad idea.

Re: Transporting Tips?

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:39 pm
by 4DThinker
Switch removal must be a more recent shipping strategy. All three of the Probotix CNCs I've received had those switches pre-installed.