I am wondering if a spindle motor fails if it would be possible to fool the software into thinking one was still attached, then rigging up one of the ones they have on the market like a dewalt, just running separate power to it. One such as this:
Seems it would be a better alternative to spending $ 300 for the replacement part
I'd guess anything is possible for someone who really knows the system. My concern would be if the added weight of something like this would affect how smooth the x,y,z motions were. I've got to believe a full router is a lot heavier than just that little motor.
Gentleman, I have just experienced this issue with my machine. My Spindle Motor stopped turning during a cut and now it is very tough to rotate. I also had an issue with my Shaft lock Red button awhile back The collar slide down the shaft and I was unable to use that as well. I took everything apart and I'm sitting here getting ready to take my spindle motor apart to see if there is anything obvious that I can resolve before I spend the money and time researching a new motor. I will post a few pictures of the motor when I get it apart to add to this already helpful Topic.
Dennis, your problem sounds exactly like what I experienced - including the collar slipping down. If you are under a year on your machine, call Dan at Oliver - he was great in helping me and I got a new motor in a couple of days. If not, I think you may want to try spinning the bearing in the housing and see if that is sticking or shows wear/burn marks from having the collar rub up against it.
In one of the other posts in this subject line someone else mentioned putting the motor into a vise and pushing the collar back on - being careful to square it up. I think before I took the motor apart, especially if it is turning easily out of the housing, I would try this to see if you can save the motor.
If you end up having to purchase a new spindle motor, would you please post the cost on here? Many people have speculated what it would cost, the figure of $300 has been thrown out there, and I think many of us would like to know what the cost is.
So I ended up ordering a new spindle motor Assy. from Oliver it was $238 + shipping. They don't stock the part or currently are out so I have to wait for one to come in from Taiwan. It's been 2 weeks now with a estimated ship date of 23 Jan.
Interesting, when I got mine under warranty it shipped the next day. Wonder if they stopped stocking it or if the holidays ate up their inventory. The price is a little steep, but not as bad as I feared - hope you're up and running soon.
I have now had my second spindle motor problem, this morning during a carve the spindle dropped what must have been 5mm then started cutting really deep lucky I was standing near by and was able to shut the machine down before it went to hogging out more than it can..Took everything apart and sure enough the collar which has the lock pin hole in it had slipped down the shaft, the best I can tell is these are press fit on and the only thing it looks like they have done to make the collar hug the shaft is to put some small little lines on the shaft like spines although I only see 3 or 4 of them. I took everything apart including the motor and was finally able to use the tailstock from my lathe to press the collar back where it should be. In doing so, even with it back in place, before I could put it all together again it would slip down. I finally got it to hold, and put it back together, ran 1 short little carve and it seems to be ok for now, I am not all that confident that it will stay however.
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I've asked Oliver for an update on the problem, I also had the collar slip down on mine a long time ago and they were "looking into it" back then. Judy is pretty good about getting back to me, so I'll post an update as soon as I can.
It is confirmed that I will need to replace the spindle motor now, the machine will carve but boy is it sloppy , brand new bit in it and everything is coming out fuzzy. So I now think the bit must be traveling in an ellipse instead of a circle, I had a spare bearing that was new that I put in while it was apart so that is not the problem.
Worst case scenario of course, I was just getting some things lined up to do a lot of pieces for my show which is in 36 days.
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Have you spoken to Judy? I asked her to look into your problem and her first response from the factory was that they didn't have a collet slipping problem any more. But they may have misunderstood the problem and thought we were talking about the bit slipping in the collet. I asked again and am awaiting something back.
I will be giving them a call tomorrow, tooo many irons in the fire today.
UPDATE: Just talked to Nick at Oliver and will be getting a new motor all be it I have to wait until Thurs. to pay for it, but I am relieved that they had one in stock. Thank you Nick, you were most helpful
He did say that the new design has a screw to hold the spindle on the shaft
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I got the feeling that your motor was ok, and the whole problem was with the collet slipping down the shaft. Is this correct? If so, have you considered taking the old one and trying to loctite it onto the shaft so you'll have a backup in case of future problems? I wish I'd of done that with my old unit, I took the motor apart to see if the magnet was bad but I have this hidden feeling that I might have been able to "fix" everything with some patience and a vise.
Yes the problem is the spindle shaft sliding downward from the motor shaft. I did actually performed that "surgery" this afternoon cleaned everything up pressed back up the shaft, added some locktite. (being careful not to get any on bearings) and put it back together. Carved a 10" x 11" piece and it turned out ok. It was the Home of the free, it is out in the shop and I will put up a pic in a bit.
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