Arizona Heat

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Makakoa808
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Arizona Heat

Post by Makakoa808 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:26 pm

Hello, looking to purchase a Shapeoko XL. Id like to keep it my garage. However I live in Phoenix Arizona and it can get pretty hot in the summer time. Will the heat be a problem for the Shapeoko?

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Re: Arizona Heat

Post by WillAdams » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:00 pm

The belts have an operating temperature range of -30–180° F.
The ATMEGA328 chip on the controller is rated from -55 to +125° C --- the stepper driver chips are a bit more temperature sensitive and will go into thermal shutdown if too hot (add a fan)
The stepper motors are supposed to be okay up to 80° C.

That said, the temperature swings won't be good for the belts, and if there's any moisture / condensation that's bad for the electronics.

That said, the electronics and mechanisms are similar to the electronics and starter motor of a car, just we expect them to function with a bit more precision.
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Makakoa808
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Re: Arizona Heat

Post by Makakoa808 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:23 pm

So in theory it should be able to handle the heat....
In theory... Thanks great info!
I don't imagine myself being out in the garage when it's that hot but you never know.

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Re: Arizona Heat

Post by Makakoa808 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:26 pm

So now I'm curious, Anyone in Arizona or simular area (like vegas) that has a machine in their garage? Wondering if they could chime in. Would really appreciate it.

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Re: Arizona Heat

Post by woodworkerbob » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:14 am

I live in a suburb of Phoenix, AZ. Most garages in Phoenix are not insulated and will easily reach temps over 100 degrees and often approaching 110. I only used my SO3 in the early morning hours after very cool nights. Remember your dewalt router and your controlling computer will have to operate in the heat of the garage as well. 100 degrees may be out of their operating ranges.

Adding an evap cooler might be an option as well.

Hey, it's a dry heat. :D

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Re: Arizona Heat

Post by CrazyBillybob » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:46 pm

woodworkerbob wrote: Hey, it's a dry heat. :D
Bob
So is sticking your head in the oven!! :lol: :lol:

(Lived in Phoenix for a bit....Folks were nice, the area was good...but I couldn't hang with the heat! Moved back where the weather is "Normal"...Ohio :o (I said normal not consistent ;) )

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