Tormach EnvyI've had a Taig CNC mill for over 10 years. This has been a really great machine and has worked well for making small injection molds. About a year ago, I upgraded it to ball screws, which has given it new life (the backlash with the lead screws was getting pretty bad). I documented that upgrade here:
So let's take a look at what I found so compelling about the Tormach that I don't have today with my Taig.
- More powerful spindle
- Spindle on/off and speed control
- A little more Y movement
- Power draw bar
- Haimer or ITTP
So after a bunch of research, I learned that there are other upgrades for the Taig for the spindle motor, the frame, and the spindle. Once I'm done with these upgrades, I'll have most of what I wanted in a Tormach, but for a lower price (less than $2,200 for the upgrades). Sounds compelling, right? Let's take a closer look.
Note: I can add a .75" extension for Y on the Taig, providing a total of 6.25" travel.
- PCNC 440 Base Machine: $5,995
- PathPilot Controller: $795
- Power Drawbar: $695
- Standard LCD monitor: $195.50
- Keyboard, jog shuttle, etc.: $169.40
- Taig 5019CNC: $2,995
- Consew motor, pulleys and belt: $150
- Frame upgrade: $500
- TTS spindle & power drawbar: $1,500
- CSM1000 Servo Sewing Machine Motor 3/4HP
- 20XL037-3FA7 Imperial Pitch Pulley -- 20 teeth, 5/8" bore
- 40XL037-6A6 Imperial Pitch Pulley -- 40 teeth, 1/2" bore
- 142XL037G Imperial Pitch Belt -- I ordered a few extra