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  #31  
Old Sat 09 January 2010, 20:54
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Joe, You could swap the drivers inside the G540 if that is up your alley of expertise. If you have to unsolder the drivers then I would leave it to Gecko. Brad might be able to comment on whether the internal drives are connectored or soldered.
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  #32  
Old Sat 09 January 2010, 21:01
bradm
Just call me: Brad #10
 
Somerville(MA)
United States of America
They are not soldered, there are .100" pin headers. However, I'd start with talking to Gecko as your next step.
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  #33  
Old Sat 09 January 2010, 21:17
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
I will call Gecko on Monday. Thanks
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  #34  
Old Sun 10 January 2010, 08:31
jessyjames
Just call me: James
 
Reno, Nevada
United States of America
Joe it will be a good thing for you to call Gecko on Monday as was stated. Chances are you will get Marius in the tech. department and he will give you way more insight than what you were expecting. He's a great guy and he likes to share the knowledge. I know from personal experience calling him about my G540. Asked an easy question and got a whole bunch of trouble shooting answers for future problems if the need presented itself.

Hang in there buddy. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Respectfully,

James
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  #35  
Old Sun 10 January 2010, 08:39
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
The 2 characters at Geckodrive are Mariss and Marcus (father & son). There is no "Marius".
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  #36  
Old Sun 10 January 2010, 20:25
jessyjames
Just call me: James
 
Reno, Nevada
United States of America
Gerald thanks for the correction. "Hooked on phonics" didn't really help me too much... Darn spell checking names anyways..

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  #37  
Old Tue 12 January 2010, 15:16
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Now for the good news

I realized in the middle of the night last night that the cable I was using (pulled from the cable jumble) was, in fact, a null modem cable in which pins number 2 and 3 cross (hence the null modem). Today I switched the pin assignments in Mach3 and Voila! everything works.

Kudos to Marcus at Gecko for walking me through a swap of the drives inside the G540 which was easy once he told me how. Also Kudos to Gecko from producing a bullet-proof (but obviously not idiot-proof) device.

The last question I have is probably answered elsewhere but:

How do I get the slaved A-Axis motor to turn in the opposite direction from the X-Axis motor? They turn together currently but both in the same direction. Thanks
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  #38  
Old Tue 12 January 2010, 19:02
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by jehayes View Post
How do I get the slaved A-Axis motor to turn in the opposite direction from the X-Axis motor? They turn together currently but both in the same direction. Thanks
Please disregard the above, I found it! (Maybe I should look harder before I ask these dumb questions Ya think?)

Joe
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  #39  
Old Wed 24 February 2010, 11:19
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
All Axis Running

Hurray! I have all three axis running on the machine (not yet cutting as I have not mounted the router) with the test programs working smoothly and consistently. There is no heating problem either with the motors or in the control box.

I will mount the decals and get the router on and cutting this week.

O Boy! Can't wait.

Thanks to everybody for all your help.

Joe
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  #40  
Old Wed 24 February 2010, 11:37
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Well done Joe!

Mike MH (metalhead), better start thinking of the drill :
1. move thread
2. check most recent serial no.....add 1
3. change thread title to include serial #
4. change member's profile to include # in "Just call me" (some member's take it out again)
5. congratulate the member!
6. pour yourself a drink and read back through the whole personal thread of that member and be amazed at what they learnt and what confidence they gained.
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  #41  
Old Wed 24 February 2010, 13:06
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Cant wait to see you cutting Joe!
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  #42  
Old Wed 24 February 2010, 13:30
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Shoot ,

I got some lernin to do. I've been pouring drinks first !!!



Congrats on getting the table moving. Looking forward to some dust !!!

Mike
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  #43  
Old Wed 24 February 2010, 15:10
Travish
Just call me: Travis #75
 
Wa
United States of America
That's awesome Joe! looks like your going to easily make your goal well before #100.

Mike, stoll rolling...Lol.

Travis
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  #44  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 16:53
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
Making Dust for the first time!

I got her cutting today. Just the Road Runner but the router cuts and the dust flies.

Mike: For the record: I started on August 3, 2009 and made first dust on March 7, 2010 (not the fastest build, but the most fun!)

Here is a link to (silent) Youtube movies for the record.

Thanks to everyone for all your help. I literally could not have done it without your support.

Joe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wgMRpswYkM

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5na2XCi7uQs
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  #45  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 18:24
SumBum
Just call me: Jay (Bum)
 
PA
United States of America
Looks great Joe, Congrats
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  #46  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 21:02
swatkins
Just call me: Steve
 
Houston
United States of America
Looks great! Good Job....
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  #47  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 21:16
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Man what a day !!! I see Dust, Logos and Lables...again !!! Congrats. It looks like you get SN 53 !!!
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  #48  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 21:35
lumberjack_jeff
Just call me: Jeff #31
 
Montesano, WA
United States of America
Congratulations Joe!
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  #49  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 22:16
Rad Racer
Just call me: Wayne #25
 
Minnesota
United States of America
Nicely done Joe, congratulations.
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  #50  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 22:34
Drad98_98
Just call me: Dave #52
 
Fort Ripley, MN
United States of America
Nice job Joe, A great day for both of us! Now the fun part of cutting stuff
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  #51  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 22:57
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Congrats Joe! Well done! wonder when I'll get there...
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  #52  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 23:03
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Joe,

Congratulations on your MechMate and Serial #53.

Here is the Updated Builder's Log.

Please provide the dimensions of your MechMate for the log and please review your entry and let me know any changes you want to make.
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  #53  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 23:25
jehayes
Just call me: Joe #53
 
Whidbey Island, Washington
United States of America
John: My dimensions are 97 X 49, It is a standard build. Thaks

Joe #53
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  #54  
Old Sun 07 March 2010, 23:49
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Well done Joe!
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  #55  
Old Mon 08 March 2010, 06:57
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Joe,

Congratulations on finishing your build and on #53. Welcome to the club.
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  #56  
Old Mon 08 March 2010, 13:34
jhiggins7
Just call me: John #26
 
Hebron, Ohio
United States of America
Builder's Log Update

Updated Builder's Log is here.

Thanks, Joe.
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  #57  
Old Mon 08 March 2010, 14:36
riesvantwisk
Just call me: Ries #46
 
Quito
Ecuador
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Joe,

congratulations! It's an amazing accomplishment, isn't it?

And... the numbers go out at a amazing rate now

Ries
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  #58  
Old Tue 09 March 2010, 05:25
Surfcnc
Just call me: Ross #74
 
Queensland
Australia
Hi Joe

Looks like you will be moving out of the "under construction" thread. The finish on your machine in the movies you have posted is great. I sure you will enjoy your new machine and hopefully I will join you in the "mechmates already cutting thread" in due time.

Regards
Ross
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  #59  
Old Tue 09 March 2010, 07:07
Travish
Just call me: Travis #75
 
Wa
United States of America
Congrats Joe!

You made it! I bet your grinning from ear to ear! Very cool to watch you come along. Please post up some of the latest pics of your Machine.

cheers,
Travis
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  #60  
Old Tue 09 March 2010, 07:30
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Joe,
I have been watching your fun and accomplishments from Florida.....Looks great from here!
Congratulations.
Sean
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