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Old 03-06-2020, 12:39 PM
MK-Tek Holsters MK-Tek Holsters is offline
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Default T Slot or Not?

Debating the importance of putting T Slots in for our New Stinger. About to attach a spoil board to the Black factory board and paused to think how useful will the T Slots be for the future? We will be making Holster cut outs on the machine. So this means Pallets holding the plastic shells in place. I guess the T Slots would be useful when clamp thicker pieces of HDPE in to cut new molds in.
How many folks use T Slots in the work day?
Todd May
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Old 03-06-2020, 01:07 PM
Charlie_L Charlie_L is offline
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Wouldn’t be happy without them.
Charlie L
Stinger II, 48 by 48, 1.7 kW Spindle, FTC + Laser + Recoil + Vacuum, July 2012
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Old 03-06-2020, 03:00 PM
Erik Land Erik Land is offline
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Join Date: May 2014
Location: Oregon
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I put my own T-track in and love them for holding all my odd projects. In my opinion more is better. I also ran mine cross wYs on my SR24. Not to many projects I don’t use them. You may also want to put in some indexing pin holes for quick setup.
Erik Land
Dorena Oregon

Stinger I SR24 11/27/17
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Old 03-06-2020, 05:50 PM
rcrawford rcrawford is offline
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Mostly use my T-slots to hold down jigs. While not necessary, they certainly make my life easier the few times I need to use them. For the little extra work and cost, I'd put them in.
Russell Crawford
Cobra 408 ATC with recoil
Alberta, Canada
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Old 03-06-2020, 09:14 PM
Jim Becker Jim Becker is offline
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I use my tee slots frequently, despite using screws even more frequently. I got the option from the factory but had them run them on the Y axis (front to back) rather than side to side. That was a better arrangement for my needs.
Jim Becker

SR-44 (2018), 1.7kw spindle, Performance Premium, USB, Keypad, T-Slot table (y-axis configuration), WinCNC, VCarve Pro upgraded to Aspire

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Old 03-07-2020, 12:04 PM
minimum99 minimum99 is offline
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Join Date: Dec 2019
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I had the same question as you and decided not to use T Tracks.
Instead, I installed EZ-Lok inserts at 3" interval. Made some clamps with maple that can handle the 3" spacing to handle all sizes of material. Also made some Cam Clamps with 1/4 bolts to push the material horizontally to stay clear of the material surface for application such as surfacing a board to desired thickness. I am happy with this setup. If you like I can send you the drawings for the clamps.
Vincent Doan
Hardware: Stinger I, 1K Spindle, Lathe
Software: Adobe Illustrator, ImagePaint, VCarve Pro, Sketchup
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