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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyan Silyavski View Post
    HI Chaz,

    All these controllers are stand alone, no PC, no Mach3. It seems they accept standard G code, so no special post processors. That must be proven though by practice.

    lets resume:

    -there is this controller smc4-4-16a16b . Here is the manual I looked at it but it seemed too slow for my machine. It seems most people use this one as it came earlier.

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    -DDSCV1.1, 3 and 4 axis.

    I bought this one before 2 days. Mistakenly bought the 3 axis version / if sb wants that one , PM me, i will give it 20$ cheaper to you/ . Anyways, it seems on paper and from what i have seen a better choice than the previous one. When it comes at home, i will know more. I have read the MANUAl from page one to end very carefully and apart from some small questions all looks well.

    And yes, i will connect my 2 long axis to one of the controller axis or just one of them and control the other from the servo itself . Will see about that.

    Here is the most extensive info in English i found till now

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    - 450-700euro range

    you could find them at aliexpress using "offline cnc control" or " panel cnc" . John pointed them to me, he is playing with some 2 axis one for lathe, so he should know better #4 . I found this site where you could better see all their reincarnations.

    Now the problem here lies to find who makes them / as all sell them like they make them but that's not the case/ , the manuals and eventual support. The link above has somewhere the manuals so next step for me would be to read the manuals themselves and buy one controller.

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    Thanks. Would the base unit work for my lathe (XZ and A for Turrent)? What cost roughly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaz View Post
    Thanks. Would the base unit work for my lathe (XZ and A for Turrent)? What cost roughly?
    The 3 axis i bought for 165$. What is not clear if one axis could be mapped as circular, its clear that on the 4 axis controller that could be done, the 4rth axis is rotational. What is not clear there is if on the 4rth axis 2 axis could be slaved together for my type of machine and change type of 4rth axis. I reread the manual, but that is not explained. I guess that the controller has to be in my hands so i know for sure.

    Now the more expensive ones have dedicated ones for lathe, so they could do a lot of stuff. Like the one John bought. They are more expensive and if working, i believe quite worth the money. At the end these controllers should work, as all advanced chinese machines have them fitted.

    By the way i think GSK may be the real manufacturer of the more complex controllers ignore the GSK infront of number, thats how you find them on aliexpress to check prices. I think one of these bought from a reputable seller that could provide support in English could be a nice thing.

    In both cases cheap or expensive, its worth trying i believe.
    project 1 , 2, ...

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