TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Discussion of the TB6560 type stepper driver boards.
Enraged
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TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by Enraged » Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:42 am

This forum is for any questions/answers/experiences you have with the TB6560 Stepper Driver Board.

These boards are commonly sold on ebay in 3-, 4-, and 5-axis configurations.

3 Axis Board:
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4 Axis Board:
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5 Axis Board:
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The Reprap wiki has some good info:

http://reprap.org/wiki/4_Axis_TB6560_CN ... Controller

calica
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by calica » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:25 am

Ever find pulse timing specs? The example on linuxcnc.org are seemed to be the default. I'm trying to coax more speed out my lathe.

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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by northbear » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:59 pm

calica wrote:Ever find pulse timing specs? The example on linuxcnc.org are seemed to be the default. I'm trying to coax more speed out my lathe.
Started a new post here http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=2119
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by Damin69 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:34 pm

Is anyone using this board?
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by fasteddy » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:53 am

I tried using a 6560 3 axis board when I started, but I burned it out within a few hours. Since then I've switched to a TB6600 based board and have been going strong. Only issue is that the aluminum case it came with didn't do much to act as a heat sink, which was causing my x axis to lock up, so I hooked up a fan to it. I've had it run 6 hours at a time with no issues, and it doesn't seem to be as sensitive as the 6560 to proper power on/power off sequences.

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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by northbear » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:35 pm

I am using individual TB6560 boards without any issues so far. I do not have an large # of hours logged on the machine but it has been solid for me so far. Only issue I had last time was with my homing switches not tripping correctly which is unrelated to the stepper drivers.

Take a look the electrical section my build log if you are interested in more details.
http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2317
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by Damin69 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:01 pm

northbear wrote:I am using individual TB6560 boards without any issues so far. I do not have an large # of hours logged on the machine but it has been solid for me so far. Only issue I had last time was with my homing switches not tripping correctly which is unrelated to the stepper drivers.

Take a look the electrical section my build log if you are interested in more details.
http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2317
If going with something like this would you Recommend going with the TB6600 drivers?
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by northbear » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:38 pm

I am not familiar with the differences between the TB6560 and the TB6600 other then the number is 40 larger :mrgreen:

I would assume the 6600 is a newer version and seems to be more expensive so my guess is that it is a better chip. That being said, in my opinion, buying electronics direct from china via ebay (no matter what it is) is a bit of a gamble. Mine seem to work just fine, but I was mentally prepared for problems. It was a risk I was willing to take based on the price.
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by Damin69 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:16 pm

northbear wrote:I am not familiar with the differences between the TB6560 and the TB6600 other then the number is 40 larger :mrgreen:

I would assume the 6600 is a newer version and seems to be more expensive so my guess is that it is a better chip. That being said, in my opinion, buying electronics direct from china via ebay (no matter what it is) is a bit of a gamble. Mine seem to work just fine, but I was mentally prepared for problems. It was a risk I was willing to take based on the price.
Like what you did with your build and your Breakout board and Drivers. Is that they way your system is still set up?
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Re: TB6560 Stepper Driver Board

Post by Herby53 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:22 pm

Hello,

I don't know, if I am right here, but I'll try to place my question:

Is there a complete wiring diagram for the TB6560 with limit switches, power supply, fuse and relay etc. to use with Mach3. I've searched this forum, posted my questions in an old thread :( and searched the internet but I only find labeled fotos
but no concrete connection plan. The information that came with the board are not useful

This is the controller board:
http://www.amazon.com/SainSmart-Stepper ... 560+4+axis

Furthermore, I would like to use a 0.8KW spindle with VFD / inverter. Are there any experience how to wire it to the board.

I currently use TinyG v8 and tgFX, but I am disappointed that tgFX is not further developed. Would be an excellent combination. Chilipeppr is not an option, because I want to work stand alone without being online.
I have not found alternative USB-Software (analog tgFX) for TinyG yet. So I want to take the step to Mach3

Thanks for your help

Herby

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