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Offline Stuart

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Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2019, 02:10:32 AM »
No they do not work
The vista cnc units work ok

A hard wired one into the Bob will work as well just more work but cheaper

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Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2019, 08:50:41 AM »
Another option that works well with Mach4 is a ShuttlePro v2.

https://www.contourdesign.com/product/shuttle/

David
Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2019, 10:37:47 AM »
I use a generic multiwire type ($50 from eBay) and I love it. If you have the digital I/O available then it is very responsive with no drivers to worrk about. I use an Ethernet smoothstepper and dedicated most of the 3rd port to the pendant with a generic IDC-26 breakout board
Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2019, 11:26:29 AM »
Wow that sounds great but im not sure how you use the 3rd port dedicated to the pendant with the idc 16 breakout board haha

I have a c11 bob and an ess

Do you have links to products or pictures or your set up?

Tha m you guys for the support ❤

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Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2019, 03:19:10 PM »
No, it will not work.  Use VistaCNC (as many have suggested) if you want a nice MPG for Mach4.

Steve
Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2019, 04:01:00 PM »
gusx32x,

The hardwired pendant I purchased is identical to this unit (https://www.ebay.com/p/Universal-CNC-4-Axis-Pendant-MPG-Handwheel-Emergency-Stop-Switch-Controller-US/2223141204?iid=162243912680).

The pigtail was passed into my enclosure through a cable gland and wired into a IDC 26 breakout board like this (https://www.ebay.com/itm/IDC26-26-Pin-Connector-Signals-Breakout-Board-Screw-terminals-Din/302882801596?hash=item468538c7bc:g:myMAAOSwmaVbm1QY). The breakout board connected to the ESS with a 6" ribbon cable.

I chose this breakout board since I couldn't find a simple 3rd port breakout board for the ESS. The only catch is that the terminal numbers that are screen printed on the board don't match the ESS numbers. Not a big deal to me, I just stuck a label over them.

Warp 9 TD has a great configuration tutorial here (https://warp9td.com/index.php/faq/faq-pendants-and-mpgs#MultiWirePendantInMachFour)

Finally, you can see the installation in my build log here (https://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/g0704-cnc-ac-servo-rebuild-picture-heavy.76222/page-2) starting on post #34.

I found it easy to setup and works very well. I'm sure other pendants will work as well, although I have no experience with them. Coming from industry I have a strong aversion to anything that causes machine motion over wireless, so I opted to use the hardwired variety and have no complaints.

EDIT: The other reason I wanted a hardwired MPG was to be able to use the ESTOP button in my safety string.
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Re: Is somebody here who has expiriance with a mach4 handwheel
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2019, 04:53:22 PM »
You can interface any MPG that can connect to a controller.  For example you can connect a four wire 5V MPG to Mach4 using the ESS, or you can interface it to Mach4 with a Pokeys device.  You must configure Mach4 but the hand wheels do work just fine.  If you buy a Vista MPG it comes with a plugin just put the plugin in the right directory and enable the plugin and it is all setup.  Clearly that method is the fastest and you do not need to write LUA code to make anything work as that is all embedded in their plugin.