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    Yes, the fans do go bad. When I had my 2.2hp...

    Yes, the fans do go bad. When I had my 2.2hp spindle I went thru 3 fans in 10 years. Since upgrading to the ATC and 5.5hp spindle, I figure a new fan about every 3-4 years. But I do run my A LOT. ...
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    Ground loops are a big problem when grounding. ...

    Ground loops are a big problem when grounding. When it's done properly, you will eliminate ground loops. The idea is to make sure that you are not relying on a connection between two parts, that...
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    You need to run a ground wire from every part of...

    You need to run a ground wire from every part of the machine that does not have a DIRECT metal to metal connection. For example, a ground wire from bare metal on the spindle to bare metal on the Z...
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    I can certainly feel your pain. My 2009 PRS...

    I can certainly feel your pain. My 2009 PRS Alpha 96x60 took me several months to get operating properly and without to many errors.

    The most significant thing I did was grounding. As a former...
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    I like that Scott!! I might make some and adapt...

    I like that Scott!! I might make some and adapt them to my track system.
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    This is what I use for small parts work. 1"...

    This is what I use for small parts work. 1" piece of MDO, T-tracks from Rockler. T-tracks are sunk about 3/16" below surface of board so I can cut thru the material. I replace this board about...
  7. Thread: Better Interface

    by dlcw
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    The beginning of the end. ShopBot is just NOT...

    The beginning of the end. ShopBot is just NOT keeping up with the advancing technology in the CNC market. Old, outdated, unreliable machine control methods, archaic user interfaces that haven't...
  8. Thread: Donek drag knife

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    Interested. What would shipping be to: 252...

    Interested. What would shipping be to:

    252 Popeye Rose Lane
    PO Box 570
    Newport, WA 99156-0570

    Thanks!!
  9. From Aspire or VCarve, you can control the...

    From Aspire or VCarve, you can control the spindle speed. When creating toolpaths, you specify the RPM's and the correct code is created to set the spindle speed. I use Aspire and the speed control...
  10. No. A 2009 PRSAlpha

    No. A 2009 PRSAlpha
  11. I ran a 2.2hp spindle for almost 9 years. I was...

    I ran a 2.2hp spindle for almost 9 years. I was cutting at 6ips in 3/4" plywood in two passes with a 1/4" compression bit. The spindle is SOOOO much quieter. I ran a Shopbot buddy for about 3...
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    After using 3.6 for many years, I never saw this...

    After using 3.6 for many years, I never saw this problem. If you have a wireless keyboard versus wired, there might be an issue with the wireless connection or the batteries are running low in the...
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    You're absolutely right about upgrading to the...

    You're absolutely right about upgrading to the ATC. I did that last year. Took awhile to get it working but what a huge difference in cutting time and no longer having to change bits. The greater...
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    Eric, That's one EXPENSIVE solution (Blackbox...

    Eric,

    That's one EXPENSIVE solution (Blackbox Hurricane). I was really intrigued when you mentioned it in your post, but lost interest when I saw the pricetag.

    I built my black box using...
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    I've had very weird things happen to my machine...

    I've had very weird things happen to my machine over the weekend. I turn it off Friday afternoon after using it for 8 hours. It goes to sleep until Monday morning after successful shut down. ...
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    I've got two chambers and 4 motors. Has been...

    I've got two chambers and 4 motors. Has been working for many years (at least 9-10 years). Original design from Gary Campbell. Holds anything I want to cut. My issue is I live at 2500' altitude...
  17. Thread: Z-Depth Trouble

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    How stable is your plenum? I've heard of plenums...

    How stable is your plenum? I've heard of plenums flexing when the vacuum is on. As far as the spoilboard, as long as the plenum is stable and can't move, once you surface the spoilboard, it should...
  18. Thread: Z-Depth Trouble

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    Have you run the C72 on all your tools since you...

    Have you run the C72 on all your tools since you set up? Tis is vital to all the values being correct. When I start each day, I run C3 to align on 3 axis. If I am referancing the top of the...
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    I believe, and I might be very wrong, the...

    I believe, and I might be very wrong, the compressors use oil to lubricate the compressor itself. Not pump oil thru the air lines. I use an oil/water separator just in case any oil gets thru. On...
  20. I use Liberty Mutual. I have a bone to pick with...

    I use Liberty Mutual. I have a bone to pick with them though. All of a sudden my insurance jumped $81 per month because they added "Terrorism Risk Insurance". WTF!!! I live out in the woods far...
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    I don't know how 3.8 (needed for the ATC) does on...

    I don't know how 3.8 (needed for the ATC) does on Win 10. I'm running Windows 7 without problems other than occasional brain farts by the control software. The one I can't seem to resolved is after...
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    I ran on that version for years, with no problems...

    I ran on that version for years, with no problems on Windows 7 Pro. I then got an ATC and had to upgrade to 3.8 and have had problems. If I had my choice, I would have stayed with 3.6....
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    Here's my simple solution to X,Y alignment. ...

    Here's my simple solution to X,Y alignment.

    http://www.talkshopbot.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=34501&stc=1
    http://www.talkshopbot.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=34502&stc=1...
  24. Thread: reset error

    by dlcw
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    Love that: "keyboard commands to "STOP" seem...

    Love that:

    "keyboard commands to "STOP" seem to be mere suggestions" to stop. :)

    You're right about that!
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    I think most are setup for 220vac single phase...

    I think most are setup for 220vac single phase coming in. This is then sent to the spindle power inverter and converted to 3-phase for the spindle.
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