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Old 07-10-2020, 06:02 AM
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I've been having my Panther almost a year now and really haven't done a lot of cutting on a regular basis.. a lot of using it for learning, small projects,etc but very seldom has it ran for 6-8 hours a day.

I have contracted work cutting MDF pieces for someone and have gone from cutting almost nothing to cutting 8+ hours a day. All are cut for 4x8 3/4" MDF material. Yes.. lots of dust and if this keeps up, I will have to get a bigger and more efficient dust collection system. My question is being that the machine is running this much per day, is there any additional maintenance I should be doing and how often. I usually do the normal cleaning and greasing but I don't want to slack in any area as I do want to keep the machine in optimal condition.

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We run like this,,,

as often asd can keep an air wand and blow dust off moving hadwares and rails

Daily or so clean and wipe rails with 3n1

biweekly or monthly scheck grase in bearings and check grooves in drive rails for build up ( we wax ours with a candle ever so often

Warm up spindle each day before use

key is to keep it cleasn as possible
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:46 AM
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Thanks James.... yes, I'm cleaning everything everyday, wiping down, blowing out the control box, etc. Is there any way to determine when more grease is needed or just grease it once a month (or more/or less)?

Aside from being an expensive investment for me, I can't afford to have it going down from something as simple as regular maintenance.
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Bruce, check in the Camaster files on your control computer as there may be a maintenance chart in there. If so, it should be helpful to you.
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Can you send me a pdf copy of the manual they were not that far along when I got my machine
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:18 PM
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Here's the maintenance schedule that I got when I purchased my machine.. not very detailed for one who is a newbie. For example... check tensioning bolt... nothing in any paperwork to show where this is.. and yes, mine was loose from day one and after issues and a call in, this was adjusted and worked well. But I have to say I'm happy right now as I'm making up for lost time and running it most of the day everyday. First thing in the morning, I blow off everything, clean, blow out the control box, check connections, etc... better to take the time to keep it going than neglect and have issue...

CAMaster CNC Maintenance Schedule

Daily Maintenance Schedule
Blow off machine at the end of each day
Make sure that machine is dust free around ball screw and bearings
Clean and inspect collet each time a bit is changed

Weekly Maintenance Schedule
Perform all the daily maintenance
Clean rails and ball screw with lubricant*
With control box off lightly blow out control box
Remove filter cover and blow off control box filters
Inspect and blow off Router / Spindle fan, remove any particles

Bi-Weekly Maintenance Schedule
Perform all daily and weekly maintenance
Check belts on all gearboxes (COBRAS & PANTHERS NOT APPLICABLE )
Check tensioning bolt
Check all visible wires for looseness and wear
Clean and grease ballscrew and ball nut *
Clean and grease linear rail bearing block *

*NOTE: IN HIGH DUST AREAS OR HEAVY USE
INCREASE FREQUENCY OF CLEANING AND LUBRICATION
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