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Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« on: March 20, 2016, 06:04:00 PM »
Hello everyone,

I've run into a problem setting up one of the popular Chinese 3040T machines (on eBay) with Mach 3 - everything seems to be installing and setting up as it should, but I have not yet been able to get any motor movement on the machine. Please see the video I filmed this morning, which documents the set-up from start to finish (with a new Windows XP 32-bit computer):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr9ZBo-G1Ig

Can anyone help?

Many thanks in advance,

Samuel

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 03:23:50 AM »
I have sent you a PM.

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 08:02:57 AM »
i got the same one from ebay 3040t did you open up the black control box and release the stop switch lol i went crazy for a week i did that motors started up right away?
Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2016, 07:29:12 AM »
Thank you Bryan and Tweakie for your advice - I have filmed an updated video using a more recent version of Mach 3 in demo mode, and would be very grateful for your comments and advice (the emergency stop switch appears to be working, having been released through twisting, and the parallel port - I think - is linking correctly with Mach 3).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P99NIjjjvyY&feature=youtu.be

Many thanks in advance!

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2016, 07:51:59 AM »

Excellent new video Samuel.

When everything is powered-up do your stepper motors 'lock' into position or are the free to rotate by hand ?

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 08:28:06 AM »
You also need to check the address of your LPT parallel port (in Device Manager) and make sure that is the Port #1 address you have entered in Mach3 (usually 0378).

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HOW TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM AGAIN!! (SMILES)
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2016, 06:54:00 AM »
GRRRR IM NOT TRYING TO BE A JERK!!!!! YOU CAN JERK OUT THE RED SAFETY BUTTON TWIST IT ALL DAY!!!!!!!! YOU DID NOT LISTEN TO ME!!!! I HAVE THE SAME 3040T !!!! IF YOU READ THE SMALL PRINT ON THE PAPER YOU GOT !!!! YOU HAVE TO OPEN THE BLACK BOX!!!! RELEASE THE RED RED SAFETY BUTTON INSIDE AS I TOLD U BEFORE!!!!!! THEN IT WILL WORK !!!!! TRUST ME!!!!! I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM I WROTE WHERE I GOT THE 3040T CNC  IN BROKEN ENGLISH THEY SAID READ THE PAPER TAKE THE BLACK CONTROL BOX APART 8 SCREWS OUT RELEASE THE SAFETY BUTTON GUESS WHAT I DID !!!!! IT WORKS!!!!! I DID THE SAME THING U DID !! I WAS ANGRY THIS JUNK DON'T WORK IT'S STUPID WONT RUN !!  THEN I WROTE THEM TOOK THE BOX APART IT WORKED AS YOU READ SMALL PRINT ON THE ONE PAPER THEY SENT IT SAID THEY SHIP THE UNIT WITH SAFETY BUTTON LOCKED AFTER THEY TEST THE UNIT LOL I THOUGHT HOW STUPID BUT I TOOK THE BOX APART AND THERE WAS A SAFETY THING I PULLED THE NOB IT POOPED RIGHT OUT WOW WE HAVE MOVEMENT!!!!!

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2016, 09:05:53 AM »
annnnd breathe..........


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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2016, 09:24:14 AM »
Excellent information Woolyacresfarms.

I think Samuel listened to what you said but perhaps, like me, he did not fully understand that the button is locked from within.

Lets hope this cures the problem and that his CNC now leaps into life.

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Re: Chinese 3040T problem - no motor movement
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2016, 09:29:47 AM »
Why the heck would they lock the button from inside the box?

I really can't fathom the way some of this stuff is shipped from these places - you buy a machine, in good faith that it will work out of the box, in the end its a construction project or rewire job. Yes it's a budget item but it should still perform basic functions surely?

The internet is loaded with stories on all of these models - 3040, 6040, 6090, mostly all in a negative light.

I hope the OP gets it going and it seems wollyacresfarms has a decent bit of knowledge there.
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