Homemade Chain Hoist for Tormach PCNC 1100 4th Axis

Here’s a neat idea that was shared with me by Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Brian Ulrick in Ohio:

Just got the 8″ fourth axis and knew from experience that getting it on the  Tormach table would be hard on the back and mill table. I made a simple ball bearing chain hoist trolley that rides on 2 x 3 steel tube for a small chain hoist. I then made a lift bracket that balances the 4th. axis so mounting on the mill with the bottom keys would not damage the table or my back. I also modified some vise lifts I use to use on my Kurt vises to work with the Tormach 5″ vise.

Thanks Brian!  I especially like the lift bracket on the 4th Axis. Tormach Accessory Chain Hoist 1 Tormach Accessory Chain Hoist 3 Tormach Accessory Chain Hoist 2

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

One thought on “Homemade Chain Hoist for Tormach PCNC 1100 4th Axis

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    04/11/2013 at 2:33 pm

    Great idea. Love the paneling on the walls.

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