What is the Best Low Cost?

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What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by Damin69 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:40 pm

So can someone point me to a good Lowcost 3 axis controler to work with Mach3?


Has anyone use one of these controllers with Mach3?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-Router-3-Ax ... 51c690fc9f
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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by Damin69 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:38 pm

No recommendations on a controller to use with Mach3 from anyone?
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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by DanMc » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:54 pm

I think you'll find that most of the low cost boards are Chinese TB6560 type. They will work but are not without issues. I have a blue 4 axis board and had some issues with microswitches not working, they also tend to be finicky about the signals they receive. Long and short they will work but you might not find anybody willing to recommend a particular board. You might check on CNCzone if any are recommended.

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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by Damin69 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:42 pm

DanMc wrote:I think you'll find that most of the low cost boards are Chinese TB6560 type. They will work but are not without issues. I have a blue 4 axis board and had some issues with microswitches not working, they also tend to be finicky about the signals they receive. Long and short they will work but you might not find anybody willing to recommend a particular board. You might check on CNCzone if any are recommended.
Ok what is a Board and controllers that someone can recommend?
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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by cvoinescu » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:33 pm

[nitpicking] The PC running Mach3 is the controller. You are looking for motor drivers. [/nitpicking]

I can't recommend the Chinese TB6560-based products unless you're willing to spend some time fixing the design errors, and know what you're doing -- or if someone happens to know of one that's better than average. Improbable Construct posted about his board not long very ago, maybe you can find his post.
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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by Damin69 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:36 pm

Ok how about a good breakout board and motor drivers?
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Re: What is the Best Low Cost?

Post by jbrewton » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:26 pm

I use a c10 bob. I also have the new c10s revision but I did not like the push terminals. I connwct the c10 to pc via parrallel port. I attached separate motor drivers to the c10, then nema 23s to motor driver. Love my set up but the learning curve os a bit higher bit worth it.
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