Mini Milling Machine - Craftex CX-Series
The CX605 is a small, high accuracy and affordable milling and drilling machine. It features a 1/2 HP motor and has a maximum milling capacity of 5/8" and drilling capacity of 1/2". The precision ground table travels 8-1/2" on X-axis and 4" on Y-axis featuring three T-slots to secure the work-piece, table locks and scale for accuracy and safe operation. The head tilts up to 45-degree to the right and 45-degree to the left and the limit block allows perfect repeated cuts.
Moreover the CX605 offers fine feed and coarse feed with low (0-1100 RPM) and high (0-2500 RPM) spindle speed range, variable speed control, high quality construction and mounting holes on its base to be mounted on a stand or workbench.
Like all CX-Series machines, this unit features powder coated paint, sharp looking two tone colours and a full 3 year warranty.
Motor: 1/2 HP, 110-V, 4.5 Amp
Drilling Capacity: 1/2" (13mm)
End Mill Capacity: 5/8” (16mm)
Face Mill Capacity: 1-1/8” (30mm)
Spindle Taper: R8
Head Tilt: + - 45 Degree
Number of Spindle Speeds: Variable
Range of Spindle Speeds: Low: 0 – 1100 RPM, High:0 - 2500 RPM
Max. Table Longitudinal Travel: 8-1/2” (220mm)
Max. Table Cross Travel: 4” (100mm)
Maximum Spindle Travel: 7" (180mm)
Number of T-Slots: 3
Net Weight (approx): 50 Kg
So far my mill has been performing quite well. Of course it doesn't have the same amount of power as the industrial mills that I've used in the past but for me in my hobby mode now, it is perfect. Ensure that you use collets for milling and NOT just the drill chuck. I have 3 that I've purchased; ¹/⁴, ³/⁸ and ¹/² in. which are the sizes of most of my cutters.
I've had mine for a few years but really only started using it much in the last six months. The controller board failed in the first few weeks I (just ran full speed) so I replaced it with a "DART" controller. I've used these controllers before and they seem to be indestructible (made in USA). I also replaced the fuse assembly with a circuit breaker. Recently the plastic intermediate gear shredded as a result of the top bearing on the intermediate shaft disintegrating. Replaced them and now everything seems OK.
Well got it all set up, works great fairly quiet little machine. Currently have 2 hours on it and then my work moved. Bang and it stops dead. Power it down, unplug it, take the motor off to discover the plastic gear from the drive to the motor gear has shattered. So I will be ordering a replacement gear (metal upgrade) for this machine. Short of that when it was working it did a nice job for the tasks I threw at it. Pity about the plastic gear.. (not even a year old)
Great little mill. Has the R8 taper so tools come out nice & easy. Comes with a good complement of stuff - chuck, two collets, wrenches, T-bolts. The M10 clamping set (B200M) or 2" vice (110010) fit well on the table. Be sure to check the Mini Mill Users guide (http://littlemachineshop.com/info/MiniMillUsersGuide.pdf) for setup, as the official manual for this is not that good. I broke down the crate to fit in the backseat of my car. For moving into the house I took it into two pieces (removed the large bolt at the back used to tilt head, remove head portion), which made it MUCH easier to handle on my own. Plus then made it easier to clean & bolt down. Not too loud too, am using in an duplex so was a major concern! Can convert to belt drive which is supposed to be quieter if you want too. Fitted DROs by using 2x 12" (B313612) & 1x6" (B3136) and making some brackets, will try to put a video on YouTube of this eventually.
This mill is great for it`s size and has a lot of power , it will cut more then stated just take lighter cuts but one must set this mill up when you get it home . begin with the lead screws by unhooking them and winding them out so you can adjust the Gibbs with no interference from the lead screws . once you can move them by hand with no play then lube the screws and put them back, now adjust the lead screw nuts so not to bind and your good to go . also check column for squareness to table . then cut a way . you should do this to any new machine . Next I will convert this to a mini CNC