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power control of router using mach 3 / M3
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:49:45 PM »
is it possible to use mach 3 M3 spindle control to turn on and off a porter cable router ?, if so how would you do it ?, use a relay ?, if so what kind,  has anyone done this ?

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Re: power control of router using mach 3 / M3
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 10:31:54 PM »
Not the cheapest way, but the best way is to get a Super PID, which also gives you rpm control in Mach3.
www.superpid.com
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Re: power control of router using mach 3 / M3
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 12:20:44 AM »
Super cheapest (in stark contrast to the above!  ha ha) would be to tie a transistor onto a pin (just assign that pin as the spindle control), have the transistor fire a relay on/off.

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Re: power control of router using mach 3 / M3
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2013, 04:18:17 PM »
I am trying to switch my spindle on/off through pin 1, output 1. The problem is that whatever I do the output 1 is allways low. When I switch off the computer it get high. I measured pin 1 of the parallel port and I allways get 4,something Volts idependent of the spindle button in mach 3 is on or off. Is that a problem with the parallel port? or is my breakoutboard that is defective? I have a probotix breakoutboard PBX-RF. Can anyone help?
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