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Thread: Speaking of GeckoDrive

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    In the desert

    Default Speaking of GeckoDrive

    I forgot I still have one GeckoDrive in service (I'm not a fan). Its a G540 on a little Chinese light weight CNC router. Until a December when I cut some awards plaques for a friends fishing club I hadn't used it in years. In fact I think the last time I had used it was when I was running a bass club... for the same purpose. Cutting awards plaques back in 2013 I think. Imagine my surprise when it still worked.

    Well I decided to try and get a jump on plaques for my friend's fishing club for 2019 and fired it up again today... sadly it didn't work any more. The Z axis driver failed. Somehow I was much less surprised. LOL. Fortunately it was dead easy to get going again. I powered down the controller box, swapped the Z cable to the A port, and copied the pin assignments from the A axis to the Z axis settings in mach. Boom. Up and running again.

    I could easily do everything on the mills, and much of last year I made plaques for my buddy on one of the mills, but I hate all that wood dust all over my machines. Here's hoping it doesn't lose another driver before I get the 2019 plaques done.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2012


    What is your favorite drive?
    olf20 / Bob

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Hightstown, NJ


    I’ve had very good results with Leadshine drives. They may be the best of the chinese drives. Very good documention and the digital drives can be programmed and tuned.

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