I’m looking for some advice on a Shapeoko 1 rebuild. I bought a kit back in 2013 along with a TinyG v7. Did a few basic upgrades and quickly decided I wanted something bigger. I bought a bunch of 1 meter Makerslide and 2040 to super size it - along with what I think were v2 end plates and motor mounts. I also doubled up on the Y.
The thing ended up being just too big for me to leave setup all the time and the project just languished in the corner in pieces.
So here I am 5 years later thinking I should try again. I want to scale it back down to something more manageable. Maybe the size of the Shapeoko 2 but not sure if it’s worth upgrading parts or basically start anew?
My goal is to have a reliable machine that can carve wood, plastic and maybe aluminum. I’d like to add homing switches and better spindle (I still have a cheap HF Dremel on it).
There’s been so many blog posts and YouTube videos on the subject with people going thru their own discovery and upgrades - often things look great and positive only to skip forward 2 years and I see them with what look like entirely new Franken-machines. I really don’t want to repeat common mistakes.
I’m looking for some advice on simple things like:
• should I stick with the original belts/gear system or upgrade. I’m not even sure if the Shapeoko 1 had GT2 belts or something else?
• replace original lead screw with something better (ACME?)
• add belt kit to z-axis instead of direct drive?
• is the TinyG v7 still a good fit?
• while even the smaller Y-axis be a problem with a heavier spindle. Should I swap the makerslide for something else or fix what I have somehow?
• what spindle should I get?
Or should I upgrade things, or just keep it simple and stick with what I have (only smaller) or just start again with something new?
Thanks in advance