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    Motion Controller Recommendation

    Hi all,

    Looking for a recommendation on a motion controller. I'm planning to changing a Mach 3 controlled 4'x4' cnc router to better electronics. I was looking at the HiCON Integra or CS Labs CSMIO/IP-M or S. From what I have researched both look to be very good controllers for Mach3 or Mach4. The machine has a dual drive gantry. Any feedback on these controllers would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Jon

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Hello Jon i have csmio/p with about 4x4 (1000x1000 milimiters) with 2 motors on Y Axis and have smooth stepper too in other machine with 2 motors on Y axis too, with csmio i am very happy, its too easy connect and run very well with servo motors, the alarm connect its too very well i have some videos in my channel on googleplus i hope you like, the technician assistant its good too, hope helpful


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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    CS Labs is generally regarded as the best Mach3 motion controller. Hicon is right up there as well.
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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Euge3000 - Thanks for the info. Do you have a link to your google plus videos?

    Quote Originally Posted by euge3000 View Post
    Hello Jon i have csmio/p with about 4x4 (1000x1000 milimiters) with 2 motors on Y Axis and have smooth stepper too in other machine with 2 motors on Y axis too, with csmio i am very happy, its too easy connect and run very well with servo motors, the alarm connect its too very well i have some videos in my channel on googleplus i hope you like, the technician assistant its good too, hope helpful


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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Gerry,
    Thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    CS Labs is generally regarded as the best Mach3 motion controller. Hicon is right up there as well.

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by jon8949 View Post
    Gerry,
    Thanks for the info.
    Please put Eugenio villaverde in google plus, i dont know how to put a link, thanks

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    i advice you try xhc mk3/mk4 usb motion card.

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by xhcchao View Post
    i advice you try xhc mk3/mk4 usb motion card.
    Hello, i view the board and think its very interest, i try this board as soon as possible, Thanks

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Thanks everyone for help. I chose to go with the CS Labs CSMIO/IP-S. Its on order, now just waiting for it to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euge3000 View Post
    Hello, i view the board and think its very interest, i try this board as soon as possible, Thanks
    Hi. What was problem with xhc mk3 ? have u found anything wrong with it ? Im looling for a controller and some friends recommended me to use that (but ethernet one)

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    Re: Motion Controller Recommendation

    Hi,

    The XHC boards are rubbish with Mach4 and not that much better with Mach3.

    If you don't believe me go and do some reading on both the Mach4 AND Mach3 boards in the Mach forum.

    CSLabs CSMIO plugin for Mach4 is buggy. The CSMIO has a great reputation when running Mach3 but not so with Mach4. Additionally the company
    is supporting an alternative to Mach and seems very unresponsive to bug reports with their Mach4 plugin. I have heard CSLabs customers complain
    that they are very slow to respond. A couple of years ago CSLabs support was the best in the business but something or prehaps someone has changed
    and they are not a patch on where they used to be.

    Craig

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