News and Order Updates
October 23, 2020 (Friday Update) - Next week we will resume sending 5C headstocks out. The grinding shop should start on the BT-30 spindles late next week.
October 16, 2020 (Friday Update) - The grinding shop we use is still working to finish the government order, so not much to report. Hopefully next week he can give me an educated guess as to when. At this point I'm still on quarantine for another week anyway. As a side note, it's probably a good idea make sure to keep extra distance from others while at the doctor's office. We were just informed yesterday that my wife was exposed to a Covid positive person while at the doctors office. Have a good weekend and stay safe
October 8, 2020 – I’ve picked up the remaining 5C spindles from the grinders. After exposure to covid-19, I’ll have to be on quarantine for two weeks. For reasons of safety, I won’t be handling customer parts until the end of the quarantine period and 2nd Covid test is done. The first Covid test was negative, but apparently, those tests are only 50% accurate. Which means I must take another later one. Anyway, I probably don’t have it, but after losing some friends in death to it…better safe than sorry for everyone. Hopefully, by the end of the quarantine period, the grinding shop will have more spindles done. I know after they finished the 5C spindles, they had a pretty large government contract to do before starting on the others spindles. Because I’m getting behind on responding to emails for updates, please use this webpage to get your updates. To keep it more organized, I will be updating this page every Friday starting the 16th. Even if there isn’t much to report, I’ll still put it up. Also, please keep in mind that it’s hard to predict when a specific order will go out.
Based on feedback. Next year we will make a few added parts based on suggestions by customers. Some have requested a timing pulley for adapting an encoder to their spindles. At this point, I’m thinking for the BT-30, we will replace the compression nut on the pulley side with a threaded timing pulley. That way it will be both the compression nut and encoder pulley. The 5C, R8, ISO-20 and ER versions will likely be slip fit with a setscrew. Also, we will be expanding the lineup of lathe adapters. Some want more height options as well as risers for tool holders. Another request has been a high speed pulley version. In order to do this, we'll create an additional pulley with motor adapter. You should be able to more than double your speed (we'll also source some heatsinks for the headstock). We will email everybody when they are available…but it won’t be until next year.
September 17, 2020 - I just picked up most of 5C spindles from the grinders and will put them together tomorrow and next week.
September 3rd, 2020 - The new spindles have recently been completed. I just dropped the last of the new spindles off at the grinding shop this morning. The outside grinding shop uses Studer CNC grinders and they are much faster than our grinder. He hasn't given me a date for completion yet. I know of one customer order ahead of ours, but he should get our spindles done this month. As he gets them done, I'll go get them for immediate shipment.
July 28, 2020 - I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for their patience with everything. Between Covid-19, finding the right suppliers, slow freight shipping, and so on, it's been the weirdest year I can recall. Believe it or not, we've had to have some spindles arbors made and remade by 3 different shops before we got the precision we needed. Some spindle arbors from the last shipment came in with good specs and others were just to far out to correct. That being said, we decided to bring all parts manufacturing back to the USA. The quality is simply better and it's more economical in the long run. The spindles, headstock casings and other parts are now being produce right here in Michigan. This supports the local economy and the quality is top notch! The only things that will be made off shore are the bearings and electronics. Again, thanks for your patience and you have all been very gracious.
July 23, 2020 - Because the grinding process has been so slow with our ID grinder and I've been having migraines for weeks at a time. Tomorrow, we will have grinding shop not far from us also start working on the headstocks. Parts have been shipping, but it's just be slow going and we hope to change that by getting the help from the outside shop.
July 3, 2020 - We are currently shipping the first batch orders for BT30, 5C, ISO20 and Low Profile R8. The grinding process is slower than I expected....however, we have to do it right!
On Tuesday June 30th, we looked at a CNC lathe with Y axis and live tool capabilities. If we can get the price where we want it, we'll have a excellent machine to bring more work in-house.
June 9, 2020 Upcoming Products
We're bringing production back in house starting late this year! Right now, we are in the process of acquiring new large commercial milling and turning machines for production. This is the best way for us to ensure control over all aspects manufacturing. Plus, this will lead to a wider variety of crazy good products!
At this moment, our first priority is completing all current orders. After that, here are some of the products we will be working on:
- Grizzly G0704/PM25 BT30 and CAT 40 headstock
- Grizzly G0704/PM25 AC Servo Spindle Motor Upgrades
- 5th Axis Rotary Headstock Adapter for Taig and Sherline Mills
- Super Rigid Mill Column Braces For Taig Mills
- High Speed Pulley Kit For Most GlockCNC Headstocks
Update June 8, 2020 - Current Orders Shipping Starting June 22nd
Exciting news! We received our carbide shaft CBN grinding points. They were pretty pricey (we had to buy 5 as a minimum order for an unusual custom size). If you're familiar with grinding points, you might notice the very thick 10mm shaft (about 3/8"). Most grinding points have a 1/8" or 1/4" shaft. Because we're using one of our ER32 headstocks with an adjustable ER nut as the grinder, we can use a much thicker shaft. This means far less deflection and superior finish.
Anyway, we will be spending this week getting the grinding setup down pat. This means testing the grinder on some old headstocks we have setting around. I'm sure there are a few things that will need adjusting or changing the setup and probably mess a few things up in the process. I don't mind making mistakes on old headstocks. Baring anything crazy happening in the world, I'm thinking we can start grinding customer headstocks next week.
I hope everybody is still being very careful about protecting their health. It's nice to see so many businesses opening up and people getting back to work. I don't know about your area, but traffic here has picked up to it's normal pace before this all happened.