Ok, I gotta question--or an issue with Grizzly t/s, unless of course I missed a really big gap.
It lays out like this. I have had this machine for a tad over a year and its mostly sat there. I am clearly new to the world of machining and need all of the help I can get.
I decided I needed to tighten things up--add some drag to the gibs and such.
The Griz manual CLEARLY states that the gib adjustment for the "Y" axis is adjusted with the two fly screws on the side of the table--these screws are also supposed to double as a table lock. I called Griz t/s and they told me the same. I was not thrilled with this design to say the least.
Then a friend told me to look under the table at the apron for a large flat head screw. Turns out that there are two such screws at the front and back of the table. He told me that these screws are what is supposed to be used to tighten the gib properly and that the fly screws really are just there to lock the table.
Of course, nothing about this in the doc. Well, I tried his method and darned if he was not right on the money. Now the gib is properly tightened with the right amount of drag/tension and it will not need to be re-adjusted each time I try to lock the table in place.
This, then leads me to wondering if it would not be a good idea to get rid of the cheap fly screws which get in the way, and replace with something which maybe takes a hex wrench (the "standard 5mm which most of the gib adjustment bolts seem to like) and/or, if that works out well, maybe welding on some nice little handles/levers which would make things ever quicker AND allow me to get the end-stock a bit closer to the table than it can now with the fly screws.
Really, what I am looking for is either agreement that my friend has properly directed me and my ideas for the future are appropriate, OR, there is some hidden reason why the manual would have you adjust your gib tension with the gib locks, which means re-adjusting each time? Finally, if I am now headed in the right direction, why is it that the t/s guy at Griz. who told me he has been there for 16+ years and is the head machinist, unaware of the proper way to adjust this stuff. Or, again, am I way off base in all of this?
Thanks in advance for any input.
I have had the model for 6 year. I did not know there were screws on the bottom. Thanks for the info. I think the machine is junk. The instructions are the pits. They drawings were done in part by hand and the writing is so poor that if you did not know how to run the machine you would never learn from the manual. I would love to sell they 3 in one