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I am a complete newbie at CNC Routing. I have just completed my first build, a Routakit SDX. The problem now is I can't seem to get it to work. Unfortunately Routakit does not answer my emails, and I have yet to be activated on their forums after 4 weeks. So I find myself here. So when I power up, there are no sounds, no movement whats so ever. I have gone over the wiring diagram in the instructions many times and feel that it is correct. Below is a list of my set up.

Motors: Nema 23 2.8A 1.8 deg
Controller: PlanetCNC USB Controller Mk3/4
Motor Drivers: PlanetCNC 2.5A
24V 6A Power Supply. Plugged into 110V

PlanetCNC USB Controller software

According to PlanetCNC's direction I have downloaded Current USB Drivers, and firmware update.
I switched out the power supply and nothing changed. I am going to swap out the female pigtail once I get a new one but have a feeling that's not it.

I have thrown in a few pictures.

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So when I power up, there are no sounds, no movement whats so ever. the female pigtail once I get a new one but have a feeling that's not it.
You do have it plugged in, with the plug all the way in, don't you? Never hurts to check.

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To help you need to define your problem better. "It does not work" is not very descriptive. Define what is not working. Does the thing initialize and pass self test. Can you move the x y z axis manually. Besides what does not work, what is working if anything.

Do you have description of the theory of operations. In other words what is supposed to happen and what is not happening.

So you see to fix a problem you need to define what is wrong and work step by step to fix.

Always start with basics. Check power supply voltages. Check the connections. Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS). Make sure you have done the basics and do not skip any thing. Many times you think you know what is wrong so you will not always check obvious stuff. So start from the beginning and move through to the end.

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I went through the assembly instructions and cut this out. Give this a try.

Wire up the spindle power supply as shown. You may connect the power supply to the controller in order to use software controlled ON/OFF, or you may connect the supplied knob for optional speed control. Connect one or the other, but not both. Connecting both will not harm the hardware, but it will not have the desired effect either, requiring both knob and software to activate the spindle, however not utilizing any speed control.

Note that your supply may have a switch for 110V or 220V, ensure that it is set to the voltage you intend to use. If a switch is not present, then it must be supplied with 220V AC power.
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I would also suggest you go over all the connections, double check your wiring, etc.

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Answering some of the questions.

First: When I say nothing happens, nothing happens. No sounds from the motors, no movement from the motors. No response from the USB Controller software. I can move the axis by hand the same when it is powered up or turned off. Which I would assume means the motors are not engaged when powered up.

Second: I opted to use my Dewalt router to start with so I do not have a hard wired spindle. I did not receive a power control board with knobs for 110V and 220V. When I asked about the this they said without a hard wired spindle I did not need this. The instructions only show the wiring with a spindle. I assumed that I run my power wires directly from the driver boards to the dc pigtail, plugged into my 24V power supply, then plugged into the 110V wall outlet.

When it comes to home repair I have done many things but electrical wiring is one that I do not have any experience in. So not sure when it comes to correct voltage and amps, and so on.

Thanks so much to everybody for helping me out.
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Welcome to the Router Forums.

I do notice that you don't have power connected to the board you show in your first picture. Your power supply should be connected to the power block. If you did have it connected to power then check your connections like others have suggested starting with your power supply.

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Here is a picture from the instructions. Could you explain how to wire it without the component in the first picture.

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