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    New (red version) of TB6560 chinese driver board

    Hey guys,
    to be honest, I don't really know if this is a new version or if the manufacturer just started making them red instead of blue (old version).
    New 3 Axis CNC stepper motor driver controller board | eBay

    As you can see, they have started showing up on ebay, in 3- and 4-axis versions. I have a contact at goodluckbuy.com who can usually give me specs and news on products like this, but although he sells the old version his supplier has yet not offered him info on the new one.

    If this version is offered at same price, and with all the problems people are having with them fixed, then it's a perfect combination.

    Anybody tried the red version yet?

    - Henrik

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    It looks to be a new version from different manufacturer.
    This is the reply I got from the seller

    Dear henrikn449,

    This two kind of board is come from different supplier.

    Why it's better than the old blue version? Look here.

    With high speed isolate optical coupler can through max 15MHZ pulse,and not lose step and skewing
    With high speed optical isolation and DCDC power supply isolation, the full protection of your computer parallel port and equipment in real,not spurious only with optical isolation
    5V and reset use tantalum capacitors filtering wave what is better than electrolytic capacitor
    Spindle can fit 10A replay
    Use LM2567 microchip,low heat and enough power supply,more stable quanlity,and some other type use 78sereis common type
    Use 5W cement resistance as feedback resistance,better heat performance and output drive wave than other board common resistance

    Thanks!

    - demosworld

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    Hi. Sorry to burst your bubble hspalm, but it looks like an old model board revisited. I purchased the same 3 axis 'red' board' from China back in Dec 2009. A few months ago the blue ones appeared. Typical Chinese. They just rotate their stock so it looks like new or upgraded versions are being sold.
    I didn't have much trouble with the 3 axis board, although I must admit I didn't give it a lot of work. However I upgraded to a 4 axis and have been having problems with missed steps in all axes big time. I've been trying to sort this problem out for 2 weeks now and just want to get into doing some jobs. I don't know whether I want to start stuffing around trying to modify the board using the methods described in some other posts as it looks time consuming, and not being an electronics nerd (no offence meant), rather involved for my basic electronics knowledge. So I'm thinking seriously about buying a Gecko G450 board (and possibly pwr unit). Maybe with all the machine downtime so far, cheap Chinese is not so cheap in the long run.

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    prdp141, Thank you for the heads up!

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    I'm also looking into which driver board to get. I finally finished my machine today with all the motors mounted to the machines, and all i need is the board.

    I looked at those chinese boards and heard they needed alot of work to get them working properly.

    I was originally looking at the HobbyCNC Pro driver boards that you have to solder together. Reviews say those are good, and members on this forum back it up, so i'm being drawn to this one.

    A company that is local to me SOC-Robotics (Vancouver, BC) has boards based on the TB6560 chips for the same price that are already assembled, but i've heard some people have had similar problems with it as they've had with the chinese board you posted.

    The gecko 540 is best i guess, but it is pretty pricey. I just checked the website and they are now $300 each when before they were $250; what's up with that?

    Other than the Gecko for high price, or the HobbyCNC Pro for resonable price, what other boards are out there for us hobbyists for good prices with proper quality?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Just found this driver board for an okay price: Stepperworld FET3 controller circuit board

    http://www.stepperworld.com/images/FET4picLg.jpg
    A machine is only as accurate as the tools used to build it. "CNC = Computer Numeric Control - or on some days - CNC = Can Not Control" Imagineering

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    How many wires do you have coming out of your stepper motors?

    Some of the drives that you listed are designed for bipolar motors, while the HobbyCNC Pro is designed for unipolar motors. If you have a 4-wire motor you can not use it with the HobbyCNC Pro.

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    i have 6 wire motors, and i believe they will work on bipolar and unipolar boards. (just use less wires)
    A machine is only as accurate as the tools used to build it. "CNC = Computer Numeric Control - or on some days - CNC = Can Not Control" Imagineering

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    OK, that should be fine.

    BTW, the Stepperworld drivers look interesting - but I didn't see detailed documentation on the site (maybe I overlooked it somehow). The drivers do not have heat sinks, and the specs regarding actual current and voltage limits seem to be somewhat ambiguous.

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    i'll probably get the HobbyCNC Pro.
    A machine is only as accurate as the tools used to build it. "CNC = Computer Numeric Control - or on some days - CNC = Can Not Control" Imagineering

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssassinXCV View Post
    I'm also looking into which driver board to get. I finally finished my machine today with all the motors mounted to the machines, and all i need is the board.

    I looked at those chinese boards and heard they needed alot of work to get them working properly.

    I was originally looking at the HobbyCNC Pro driver boards that you have to solder together. Reviews say those are good, and members on this forum back it up, so i'm being drawn to this one.

    A company that is local to me SOC-Robotics (Vancouver, BC) has boards based on the TB6560 chips for the same price that are already assembled, but i've heard some people have had similar problems with it as they've had with the chinese board you posted.

    The gecko 540 is best i guess, but it is pretty pricey. I just checked the website and they are now $300 each when before they were $250; what's up with that?

    Other than the Gecko for high price, or the HobbyCNC Pro for resonable price, what other boards are out there for us hobbyists for good prices with proper quality?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Just found this driver board for an okay price: Stepperworld FET3 controller circuit board

    http://www.stepperworld.com/images/FET4picLg.jpg
    The Stepperworld drivers are very weak unipolar drivers, they only run at 3.3, 5 or 12 volts with the proper resistor.
    The chinese drivers are a little better but very touchy and easily blown.
    Have a look at the keling drivers as a cheap but durable and reliable option
    if you can't step up to the g540.
    Stepper Motor, Stepper Motor Driver,CNC Router, Stepper Motor Power Supply, Stepper Motor Kit, DC Servo Motor, Stepper Motor, Stepper Motor Driver, CNC Router, Stepper Motor Power Supply, Stepper Motor Kit, DC Servo Motor, Keling Technology Inc, USA
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    Don't bother with the stepperworld drives. They use a very low performance circuit.

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    Hi there.
    I have both the Blue and the Red boards. My machine uses the Blue board, and i think its better than the Red board.
    Why?

    The red board needs a perfect power supply or any type of spike will be transfered to the steppers.

    The Blue board will stop all power to the steppers when the reset button is pressed in Mach 3, for example, when you finish machining something and the program stops, you press reset and no current will go to the motors therefore you can leave the machine sitting there like this untill you load another program and run it again.

    The red board applies power all the time, even after the program has finished and reset pressed.
    Most people know that when the steppers are idle and holding, this is when full power to the steppers is happening and thus the steppers get the hottest.

    power must be removed from the RED board to avoid this which I dont like.

    Unless perfect power is applied to the red board it will skip steps, the blue board wont.

    They dont give you a users manual for the Red board, the Manual for the blue board can be downloaded easily enough but the manual I finally got for the Red board was Chinese only.

    Just a couple of reasons I like the Blue board more than the red one.

    My Blue board has never missed a step and runs great, I cant say the same for the Red board though.

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