Mini Mill Belt Drive

June 18, 2017 Nigel 6

These mini milling machines (eg Amadeal XJ12-300) with the back gears suffer from gearbox failures and mine did some time ago – read about the experience of changing the gears for metal ones. Even after [more…]

Mini Mill Gas Strut Conversion

June 12, 2017 Nigel 0

The spring that lifts the head of the milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300) has been annoying me for some time. One big issue is the force is not consistent. However, it looked like a big job [more…]

Mini Mill Gearbox

June 11, 2017 Nigel 0

This is the Real Bull XJ9512 milling machine or for this particular case the Amadeal XJ12-300. I’d been using my mini mill (Amadeal XJ-300) for around 2 years and all was fine. Then I pushed [more…]

Laser Alignment

April 17, 2017 Nigel 1

This started with a pack of lasers that had optics to create a cross-hair image. My original thought was to fit one of these in a holder in the chuck and then the cross-hair would [more…]

Soba Vice

April 23, 2016 Nigel 0

I was at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition and looking for a heavy vice for my milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300). There are a lot of cheap vices around and you can find them starting at [more…]

Wavy Parallels

April 23, 2016 Nigel 0

A box of 9 pairs of wavy parallels. Select a pair of parallels of the correct height, place in the vice. These are not placed correctly – best to arrange them as a mirrored pair [more…]