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Pulled the trigger today on my Prototak upgrade today.

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  • Pulled the trigger today on my Prototak upgrade today.

    Today, I ordered the KMX upgrade for my 2.5 axis Prototrak.
    The AGE 2 controller that it came with used a CRT, and it has become so dim, it's difficult to see. So, before it completely becomes unusable in the middle of a hot job, I figured better do it now.
    Functionally, it has the same capability that I had, but the one thing I am looking forward to is a USB (2) ports to bring files in rather than the 3.5 disk!!
    That alone is worth the price!!

    Should be here and installed in a week or two.

    Sid.

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    Dang, should have proof read that title!

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    • #3
      Had to look it up, very cool! Excited for you.
      Last edited by RB211; 04-25-2019, 09:27 PM.

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      • #4
        sweet!

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        • #5
          Will you have full 3 axis now? What machine is this on? I have a Proto Trak DPM bed mill 1997 model with the AGE 3 control. I have a lot of problems with the 3.5" floppy discs going bad.

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          • #6
            Buy one of the replacement USB memory stick units with floppy interface. I replaced mine several years ago. It's as simple as taking out the old floppy drive and plugging in the new. It has a 2M limit (duplicates a floppy as far as the machine is concerned) but has 99 "positions" by front switch to select the working bank - like have 99 floppy drives on the machine.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gundog View Post
              Will you have full 3 axis now? What machine is this on? I have a Proto Trak DPM bed mill 1997 model with the AGE 3 control. I have a lot of problems with the 3.5" floppy discs going bad.
              No, no 3rd powered axis. I bought the Trak K3 new in 2003 If I recall. It has the AGE 2 control that has worked just fine, and still does, just having a hard time seeing the fading CRT.
              A replacement CRT from Trak is ~$1100.00. An aftermarket, drop in LCD is about the same.
              the KMX upgrade is $5K. But, the software is upgraded somewhat, and I get the USBs, making life a little easier.
              I honestly don't know if the KMX is 3rd axis capable? I doubt it. You would most likely need to go to the SMX controller.
              I'd like the third axis at times (who wouldn't) but I cannot justify the cost.
              On the other hand, I can't justify the down time if my AGE finally goes completely unusable. (well, I can but customers wouldn't!)

              Sid

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