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    Sounds like you found the problem Troy. Can it be repaired or is fubar?


    Brian,
    I used the C11G breakout board from CNC4PC
    http://www.cnc4pc.com/Store/osc/prod...products_id=46
    I have been very pleased with it so far and it seems to do everything it's supposed to. The standard C11 has more features but the C11G was made specifically for Geckos so i decided to try it. Arturo Duncan with CNC4PC was very helpful and responded to my email questions very quickly. Marriss with Gecko is also excellent to deal with. I spoke with him a couple of times on the phone and a few emails. He even sent me spare fuses free of charge after I reversed the polarity on my Z drive by mistake. I highly recomend both of these guys and their products.
    I'm glad you aren't trashing your motors. I think you'll find them useful for a lathe or maybe even a router/ plasma table (which is also on my wishlist).



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    Hybidder,

    I also talked via email with Arturo Duncan. Very fast reply's and very nice to deal with. I also talked and emailed Larry at Larken and he was very helpful. I have read thru many of Marriss posting on the zone and think he is very knowledgable also. Ya as for the motors I do not know where they will be used but I will still dream.

    Brian

    Troy, Now all you need is to order a stepper and replace.



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    For about a $100 bucks can get another,and almost twice the power,the boss is going to replace all!We got 10 years of Industrial job shop use.And the old control used to keep motors fully energized at a stand still,and would RINGG loud.I think we will keep the 2 good ones on the "backup shelf",and as the helpful man at Gecko said ,(after i told him about the wire) ,If i had a small boat i would know have a anchor for it.LOL
    Everything goes well soon ,i hope to post an update and maybe some pics.
    Thanks again!
    Troy



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    hey phatfred8

    I have been following your project an was wondering if you would want to get rid of the Tri-Onics box that does not work, I have a Handyman that has troubles also and was thinking of taking 2 to make 1 work.

    Thanks, Sam
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    Sam, are talking about one of these? I also have a copy of the operating manual/ instructions with the command codes if you need it. Unless I'm mistaken Brian doesn't have the control head but if he does and wants to sell it please deal with him first. If not, I'm planning to order something along the lines of what Troy suggested earlier to interface the existing scales as a DRO so I would be willing to part with my control head.




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    hybidder,

    You are correct, I do not have the control head. I have the electrical enclosure on the side of the machine which I gutted and I do have some of the boards from the inside and no idea if they work. I decided not to long after I got the machine to scrap the electronics and start over. Nice to have some other's out there doing this on the same machine.

    Good Job Guys,

    Brian



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    Thumbs up Tri-Onics

    Hi Guys
    I am interested in anything I can get for my Tri-Onics HandyMan, boards, wiring, resistors, transformers, books, paperwork, ANYTHING ! Good or No Good, Burned up or not, I don't care.

    It sounds like you guys might have some of this stuff, ( I am not sure who has what )

    My machine seemes to work good until it gets hot then it starts acting stupid, usually the X axes will run off !

    I'm Kinda new to forums so I hope This is in the correct place.
    OK that said, --- What is the next step?

    Thanks, Sam
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    Sam,

    AS Hybidder stated I do not have the part he has pictured(Control Head/Operator Interface). I do have the box located on the side(Drivers and Boards) and I am willing to get rid of the boards from the inside of it. I am wanting to keep the enclosure for future projects. I was planning on sending it to Hybidder but I fell short on getting them shipped to him. He has now converted his machine and no longer needs them. I do not want anything for them but my shipping cost. I am located East of St. Louis Mo. Let me know.

    Brian



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    Brian,
    The parts from the box on the side is what I think I need, I will send $ whenever you say how much. I will "private message" my address to you as soon as I figure out how to do that. I am on the east coast.
    Thanks, Sam



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    Sam, What is getting hot specifically?

    I'll be glad to send you a copy of my manual/ instructions as soon as I get an opportunity to scan it and save it in an emailable file. You're also welcome to the boards I have for shipping cost but if you want the control head I figure it's worth a few bucks (or trade?)

    IMHO, I wouldn't put much money into the original controls. The main reason being it will only take 150 lines of code which isn't much. For a perspective, Mach3's demo version allows 1000 lines of code before even buying the program.

    Other drawbacks:
    File transfers, I use my laptop to draw parts and create G code and then transfer it to the mill's computer via sandisk.

    The original system drivers run the motors roughly. I didn't realize how rough until I tried them using my Gecko drivers. The difference is night and day.

    There seem to be almost unlimited options for the controls using Mach3 and modern electronics such as pendant controls, touch screens, 4d dimensioning/ scanning with a probe, tons of parts design wizards and on and on.

    If you have a computer that you can use to run the machine using just the Mach3 demo version and your motors and power supplies are ok you could basically add three Gecko drivers and a breakout board for under $600 and then add options as time and $ allow and have exponentially more machining capabilities. If you want to go with the ultimate setup for your machine I would suggest something along the lines of Brian's setup that he's putting together. I'm anxious to see his end result because I'm sure it's going be pretty slick.

    Good luck,
    Greg



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    Greg,
    I am not sure what gets hot,--- I see no evidence of heat when looking at the boards, The "control head", ( the part where you push the buttons ) I think is OK. The boards I am talking about are in the box mounted to the side of the machine. I will appreciate what ever you are willing to Copy, Send, or whatever, I am a trading kind of guy so lets talk !
    Thanks, Sam



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    Smile Mach 3 up and running.

    Hello again,
    Got Mach 3 up and running.WAYYY better than old control,and boss likes it very much,he now wants to retrofit another mill except with servos.

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