New Tormach machines!

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

June 8th, 2018, 1:07 am #1

As some of you regular readers might now, I've been wanting a decent CNC mill for the shop for a while, and have had my eye on one of the Tormach machines. Those are pretty much the best compromise between cost and capability- maybe not as capable as a professional machine, but a lot less expensive, and while more expensive than the little desktop machines, also a lot more capable.

I'd been hoping that this summer I could have saved up enough to pick up at least a bare machine. I'd started out looking at the 440, as the smallest and cheapest of the bunch, which I could have up and running, delivered to my doorstep for maybe $6K. No stand, no enclosure, no fanciness, but it'd be here and running.

Those in the know, however, recommended the 770- it'd be closer to $8K on my doorstep (again, bare-bones) but would be more powerful, and the 'in the know' guys say the electronics are better, as the 440 used some shortcuts as both a cost and space-saving effort.

I was talking with some of the HSM guys earlier this year, and I was given a bit of "little birdie told me" type non-public info that Tormach was working on upgrading to servos instead of steppers, so since I wasn't ready to buy anyway, I decided to wait.

Anyway, Tormach just announced the new machines, called the M-Series. The 770 and 1100 get  more power, a bit more travel and some other upgrades, and an optional upgrade from that is the MX series- which has servos and a BT-30 spindle with an encoder for rigid tapping.

That is the machine I've been waiting for.

They don't have pricing up yet, but we can of course assume that the MX is likely going to be a fair percentage more expensive than the standard 770. If I can get a basic model, delivered, for under $10K, which is about the max I can beg, borrow and steal, I might just be one of the first in line. 😁

[goes to look for things to sell]

Doc.
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June 8th, 2018, 1:16 am #2

In all seriousness,  have you considered a go-fund-me or similar?    That'll cover the beg AND steal portion of the fundraising effort.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

June 8th, 2018, 4:30 am #3

I'd considered that. It'd have to be a GoFundMe as I have no product to legitimately offer for a Kickstarter. Well, technically I do- one of the first things I'd run on this machine (after learning to use it) will hopefully be parts for the lever action project.

But I'm not yet to the point where I could legitimately offer that as a KS product or reward.

But, in either case, I don't believe it will be necessary. As some of you may have noticed, I've been working like a dog for a while, and I've been saving just about everything I can for over two years now- actually about the time I sat down to start converting the Logan over to CNC, which was sometime in 2016.

And I've been saving it pretty much specifically for a Tormach CNC. Depending on what the MX prices turn out to be, I'm hoping I can still swing at least a bare-bones machine (basically just the mill and the computer) after which I will start collecting the accessories as I'm able. (Enclosure, stand, etc.)

I had been toying with the idea of selling the big Exacto mill- up here, that thing's worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $6K. Not so sure on that anymore- the cash would be very helpful, but then, having a second mill has also been very, very handy.

Still thinkin' it through.

Doc.
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June 8th, 2018, 6:15 am #4

Just as a matter of interest...do you plan on ever not buying another machine?
Like, after your 99thbirthdayy perhaps?
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June 8th, 2018, 6:43 am #5

pilgrim wrote: Just as a matter of interest...do you plan on ever not buying another machine?
Like, after your 99thbirthdayy perhaps?
On his 99th birthday Doc will buy his second matter transformer. A used one in need of TLC.
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June 8th, 2018, 7:40 am #6

pilgrim wrote:Just as a matter of interest...do you plan on ever not buying another machine?
Like, after your 99thbirthdayy perhaps?
-Well, the nonserious answer is, would you ask a fat guy if he ever planned to NOT have another slice of cheesecake, or an alcoholic if he planned NOT to buy another bottle of whiskey? 😁

And yes, I chose both analogies because they, too, are conditions harmful to ones' health. 😋

Doc.
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June 8th, 2018, 11:55 am #7

As a fat guy, I must say that there's no question. If not cheesecake, what else is the meaning of life?
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June 8th, 2018, 1:06 pm #8

Snowtroll wrote: As a fat guy, I must say that there's no question. If not cheesecake, what else is the meaning of life?
"I would hate to die tomorrow knowing I could have had cake today."
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June 8th, 2018, 4:56 pm #9

Kickstarter for fastback 2.0 run? 
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June 8th, 2018, 8:11 pm #10

Snowtroll wrote: As a fat guy, I must say that there's no question. If not cheesecake, what else is the meaning of life?
Bacon.

And sometimes cheese.   Way TOO MUCH cheese.
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