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    I bought one of those chinese electronic handwheeels for use with Mach 3 on ebay.

    (New MACH3 CNC Electronic Hand wheel For ModsMach3 Only | eBay)

    After installing according to the instructions it only partly works.
    The following keys work:

    Origin
    Cycle start
    Stop
    Spindle + -
    Feedrate + -

    E-Stop, Motion step, MPG Select do not work, but the LED´s are flashing. The handwheel does not react.
    As to be expected there was not support from the seller.
    I am not a computer expert so can anyone help with some advice on how to do the correct settings.

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    I didn't look through all the instructions, but did you put the "macropump.m1s in \Mach3\macros\yourprofile and check "Run Macro Pump" in General Config?

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    Yes I did. I also tried two diffent computers and with Windows Xp and Vista to exclude the computer itself. It seems to probably be related to the port and pin allocation or setting. as some of the funktions of the handwheel like spindle speed or feed rate up and down , move to machine zero coordinates work correctly.
    Another buyer from ebay contacted me, who has the same problems, it does not seem to be specific to me.



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    Does the manual have any information about how to make it work? Pins allocated, etc. Or is it a keyboard stuffer?

    Super X3. 3600rpm. Sheridan 6"x24" Lathe + more. Three ways to fix things: The right way, the other way, and maybe your way, which is possibly a faster wrong way.


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    Hi,

    I have exactly the same issue. Working buttons:
    EmStop
    feed rate
    spindle speed
    cycle start
    Stop
    Spindle on/off
    Origin

    MPG and Motion step buttons are not working.

    If I set the Jog mode to mg manually (press tab in mach3) and select the axis from there, the handwheel is working.

    I believe with exception of the motion step and mpg select, all other buttons are direct inputs. Looking at the macropump file, it looks like motion step and mpg select are the only ones controlled with this.

    Looking further into setup serial modbus and test settings, i can see that there is a input when pressing either button. Mpg select cycles through the following values (starting from Cont) :
    0000
    0031
    0065
    0098
    00CC
    00FF

    And Motion step cycles through (starting from cont) :
    00FF
    00AB
    0056
    0000

    Either the macro is not working as it should or mach3 does not load it......
    Any idea how to test?

    Thanks

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    Found the issue:

    Googled to check how I can see whether the macropump file is loaded and found a hint on the use of profiles.
    Long story short: the macropump.m1s file needs to be in your profile folder.

    In my case I had created a profile named sherline. So i had to copy the file to Mach3\macros\sherline\ instead of the mach3mill folder stated in the manual

    Restarted Mach3 and all works fine now

    Hope this helps.

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    Good fix! That should help others.



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    Hi,

    I have tried all reccommmendations, but nothing has changed .



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    Idefix seems to have solved it. Post #6. Your folder names might be different.

    Super X3. 3600rpm. Sheridan 6"x24" Lathe + more. Three ways to fix things: The right way, the other way, and maybe your way, which is possibly a faster wrong way.


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    I did try it with Macropump in the general macro folder as well as in the folder for my router settings-- no difference



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    Default Re: Chinese electronic handwheel for Mach3

    Maybe you can try downloading the latest macro from cncdiy.org and try if this makes a difference (setup Manual link in the header)

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    I have already done this.
    If you open the macros (the older one supplied with the handwheel and the by date newer one fron cncdiy.org) they are exacly the same.

    Different to your wheel on mine the e-stop does not work, however the LED´s of e-stop, Motion step and MPG select keep flashing all the time



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