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Mike Beck vs Xylotex
« on: September 06, 2013, 04:13:42 PM »
I have purchased 2 units from Mike Beck & they work well. Xylotex cost a lot less. Which is the best???
They are both plug & play. I would like your opinions.

Is Mike Beck still in business? emailed him several times without a reply.

Thanks
Ron

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Re: Mike Beck vs Xylotex
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2013, 10:47:19 AM »
Gecko G540 is the best option
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Re: Mike Beck vs Xylotex
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 12:03:03 AM »
For larger motors I agree, Gerry.  But I have used Xylotex boards for years on NEMA23 and NEMA17 motors (anything up to 2.5A/phase) and they work very well.  For those smaller motors G540 is way overkill, IMHO.

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Re: Mike Beck vs Xylotex
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 07:42:24 AM »
I have a Xylotex powering my 30x45 router. It works well once I added dampers to the motors. Had the G540 been available back then, I would have puchased one.

THe G540 is only $65 more than a 4 axis Xylotex, and is far superior in performance. Well worth the money imo.
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Re: Mike Beck vs Xylotex
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 09:36:30 AM »
The G540 has four separate driver modules that plug into an optically isolated motherboard. The Xylotex has everything on one (bare) PCB, if one driver is faulty you throw the whole thing away.

The G540 has a maximum input voltage of 50V compared to the 24V of the Xylotex.

The G540 includes two high current outputs that can drive relays, four isolated inputs, charge pump circuit; Xyloex has none of these features.

The G40 uses step morphing, at low RPMs you get all the smoothness of 10x micro-stepping, as the RPMs increase it morphs to full steps so you get full power from your motor; Xylotex does not do this.

The G540 is very hard to kill...

Not to sound like a fan-boy but you will spend more money building something equivalent to the G540, I suspect that is why they have sold tens of thousands of them.
Happy machining , Jeff Birt