I recently bought a Milltronics Partner 1 with centurion 5 controller. It's a 1D model which places it somewhere around 1990.
The control works, but it's awfully slow and the memory is severely lacking which requires drip feed via DNC for anything complicated.
Milltronics will upgrade my box with the latest control for $1600 and this is something I could do in a day or so, as they're local. Drive down, drop it off, go have some lunch, come pick it up and write a check.
There's other options like the CNC brain for $500, but then I'm not sure if my same servo amps would work with it or how long it would take me to get it running once the conversion was under way. The potential variable expenses could easily push this beyond the $1600 fixed cost of the factory retrofit.
Anyone have any insights as to what I should do to get this machine up to date?