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Hi everyone! Hope all are well today.

I just finished building my CNC table.

My female, "Gigi" Rottweiler was checking it out because it is something new.

Next is to get the monster up and running.

Should happen some time this week.
 

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I unpacked the CNC and redirected some wiring into the direction I wanted.

I will move the computer over to it's new home and hopefully bring this baby to life tomorrow.
 

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I wanted locking wheels on it so it can be moved if needed, they are a 300lb capacity and work pretty good.

I will have an electrician here next week to install a couple breakers and outlets.

I need the CNC repositioned on the table. I tried to move it myself and it must weight at least 400 pounds. Whew!!!
 

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I tried to move it myself and it must weight at least 400 pounds. Whew!!!
Close; the website says 136kg (300 lbs.) Still heavy by yourself!

Good looking table with plenty of room.

David
 

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I will use a zip tie to hold the vacuum hose to the spindle, and I will velcro some clear vinyl around the frame to help with dust flying around.

It works pretty good.

I do not like dust shoes because it's a pain in the butt changing tools and setting "0" on the work piece.

Plus, I like to see what's going on with the carve.
 

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I connected the CNC to my computer.

I can jog it around just fine, but can't get the darn spindle to start.

I have the pump all set up and is working fine.

I have a Chinese CNCEST unit.

They sent me a useless video on how to unlock the spindle.

The emergency stop button is NOT engaged either.

I was hoping for a nice smooth start up, but, of course it isn't.
 

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I am still a newbie at this stuff, and am learning as I go.
 

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Karen have you tried setting the "Spindle Mode" switch to manual? When it is set to "Manually" you should be able to push the "Run" button, then adjust the speed using the knob. If it is set to "PC" then you have to have a cut file loaded and when that file is run then the spindle should start running and speed will be set by the controller from settings output when saving the design file. Make sure you use the correct Post Processor.

Did that solve the problem?
 
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You're probably using Mach 3 to control this machine, so make sure you have it set up properly under the spindle setting. You also need to type in a Speed (bottom right hand corner marked Spindle Speed. Type in say 15000 then enter) into Mach 3 before your system can start/stop your spindle. If you need it I can send you an XML file for Mach 3 that is for that very machine as I set up one for a client of mine. Also Make sure you have a legit version of Mach 3 as the one sent with these machines are normally bogus. If that machine has limit switches it makes it easier to home the machine. If not, your box probably already has the holes for the switches, but are covered with a sticker.
 

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I Use the spindle manually with the knob.

I will be purchasing a Mach3 license because I was told By arcsoft the one that came with this machine is counterfeit.

I am having a lot of trouble getting a job to run correctly. I have tried almost everything.

I also read that the control card could be bad.

I will be contacting Vectric in a few days, perhaps they can help me figure things out.
 

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Might as well get Mach 4.

Most everything that comes with those Chinese machines is pirated. Buyer beware!!
 
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If she buys Mach4, she'll likely need a new controller, as I'm not aware of any Chinese controllers that work with Mach4.

I am having a lot of trouble getting a job to run correctly. I have tried almost everything.

I also read that the control card could be bad.
It's extremely unlikely that the control card is bad. If it were, the machine wouldn't work at all.

You're issues are most likely due to Mach3 setup issues, or just no knowing how to setup and run a job in Mach3. You mentioned the Mach3 post processor did not work, but it's used by tens of thousands of people.
 
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