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Re: mach3
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2017, 09:49:29 AM »
$110 VS $149, so call it $40.
If you buy the right cable, you don't need the gender changer. And with a modern PC, you don't need a crossover cable. I didn't need one with my UC300ETH.

I thought the UC100 was a little more than $110.

But like I said, figure $200 by the time you add a breakout board, and other misc. stuff.
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Re: mach3
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2017, 02:41:44 PM »
$110 VS $149, so call it $40.
If you buy the right cable, you don't need the gender changer. And with a modern PC, you don't need a crossover cable. I didn't need one with my UC300ETH.

I thought the UC100 was a little more than $110.

But like I said, figure $200 by the time you add a breakout board, and other misc. stuff.

  All parallel PC  ports are female (maybe Mac is different,)   so you will need the gender changer. Serial are Male.  I was building computers in the early 80's for my own use.
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Re: mach3
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2017, 03:47:59 PM »
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Re: mach3
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2017, 04:56:00 PM »
You can buy cables with either end.
https://mesaus.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=71&product_id=102
But not from the vender of the UC400ETH, if you  buy from them you need the gender changer.  Otherwise by the time you add the shipping charge $5? to $7.50 cost of the other....
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Re: mach3
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2017, 06:44:07 PM »
Hi,
price a real CNC controller like Fanuc or Siemens....20k plus and annual fees as well!

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Re: mach3
« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2017, 09:12:54 PM »
Hi,
price a real CNC controller like Fanuc or Siemens....20k plus and annual fees as well!

Craig

For a Hobby grade controller?  Sure.  ::)

The UC400ETH is fine but folks need to know they will need to order some extra parts to get it running. I am still waiting on the screw terminal connector.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2017, 09:22:07 PM by wmgeorge »
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Re: mach3
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2017, 03:34:32 AM »
Hi,
price a real CNC controller like Fanuc or Siemens....20k plus and annual fees as well!

Craig

Wow, is there really 20k worth of difference in there between that and say a CSMIO which i would class as a pretty high power controller???
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Re: mach3
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2017, 04:10:32 AM »
Hi,
I just put that in to highlight the point that even the more expensive Mach controllers are chicken feed compared to the admittedly high spec Fanuc and Siemens
controllers. In fact Siemens annual software licence fees are rather more than a Mach controller, even an expensive one.

With Mach3 at $175 and Mach4 (Hobby) at $200 with a perpetual licence makes a very capable CNC solution available very cheaply. Anyone who whinges about a few dollars
here or a few dollars there should either wake up to what OEMs pay for CNC solutions or be directed to go the free way with LinuxCNC, very politely of course.

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Re: mach3
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2017, 07:24:36 AM »
With Mach3 at $175 and Mach4 (Hobby) at $200 with a perpetual licence makes a very capable CNC solution available very cheaply. Anyone who whinges about a few dollars
here or a few dollars there should either wake up to what OEMs pay for CNC solutions or be directed to go the free way with LinuxCNC, very politely of course.

Craig

  OK Craig I Made the comment about the required  parallel port connector, gender changer and the like to Inform others that there was more than just ordering the board and away you go. You would think if the vender selling the board also sold the correct for your application connector you would get in all in one package, one shipping fee and you would be done.
Informing is not whining.  Ordering from 2 or 3 difference sources is BS.
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Re: mach3
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2017, 07:37:08 AM »
Unfortunately, it comes across like whining.   ;)
Assuming you bought it from CNC4PC, yes, they should carry the cable.
CNC Drive sells them, if you buy direct from Hungary.

I'm not a huge fan of CNC4PC myself, but since they are the main distributor for a lot of products, I still buy a lot from them.

My point is that most people have to buy the cables anyway, so you shouldn't be including the cost of the cables.
Gerry

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