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    Default Re: After a local CNC Router

    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiian_robot View Post
    Hey, not sure if this is what you're after, but I have a 3DTek XYZ carve, 400 W spindle, 1000 x 1000 mm work area (no MDF wasteboard though, but you could set up a board from slot extrusion if you wanted?) that I'm looking to get rid of. Hasn't been used, it's just taking up space I don't have, and I'd rather have the money. Looking to let it go at a pretty significant loss to myself, like I said, just want it to go to someone that'll get use out of it.
    I could certainly see myself getting started on one of those, PM incoming!



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    thanks to Phomann. that Vermac router has the same kind of vac pump (side channel blower) as my unit. Always on the lookout for alternatives as I get the impression that parts are gunna be quite expensive on my unit when the time comes to start fixing things

    Just some random canvas guy


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    Hey, Calebarchie,
    Something maybe you need to know about the Chinese routers on Ebay. According the fellow who designed a controller board and USB CNC software at Planet CNC, they all have counterfeit controller boards and pirated software. The reason (he said) why the ones mentioned a few months ago are no longer in business is simple. They offer 2 year warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee but disappear when you try to access the warranty. I bought one of the 6040 machines. Its usable size is way smaller than 60 x40 cm. I just ordered a new controller for it from an Australian manufacturer. I've also bought German stepper motors for it. This makes the $1980 machine cost over $3000!
    There is a fello who posted a video of the exact same problem I and so far another 25 people I've contacted are having because of the dud controller boards in them. He's in the UK BTW. Watch his video before you buy a Chinese router offering delivery from Sydney. Its a bond store they send container loads of routers to for AU delivery. Here's the link:

    Good luck
    Ryadia.



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    When I first started out I bought some cheap crappy Chinese stepper motors ("Smooth" brand LOL). I bought a Leadshine stepper drive to go with it.

    Just like in the video I couldn't get above a certain RPM before the motor stalled and squealed.

    Next I bought Gecko drives (G203V but they're all good). Those cute little beasties would run my cheap crappy stepper motors up to a good speed, no problem. No more Leadshine drives for me, Gecko all the way. My plasma table max speed is 10,000 mm/min. I tested the table at that speed for 30 mins, with lots of zig zags, circles, curves, sharp turns, etc, basically a torture test to see if I would get any lost steps. After the test the X and Y axis returned precisely to the original starting position, as programmed. No lost steps at all. Oh, and I was not gentle on the acceleration/deceleration.

    So there's drives and there's drives, and my experience is a cheap stepper motor can be driven OK by a high quality drive. The Gecko drive was cheaper than the Leadshine drive too, by quite a margin. But there again I did buy the Leadshine drive from a local Australian supplier = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ as usual. However, Geckos are available locally too (Homann Designs), but for about the same price as what you'd pay in the US last time I checked.



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