I’m used to milling with large files though. As for how everything is wired in your cabinet, yes, you are right, that varies a bit from machine to machine. I also have a lathe running on Mach3. Any known issues with gtkterm? Once comparing the minicom to gtkterm outputs it became very obvious that gtkterm had an issue. Now I need to see why I cannot maintain proper communication at the higher rate.

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Spindle Motor 5 HP. I’m assuming you’ve verified that your encoders are not loose, etc.

I have a wells index with a cnc4 controler i have been learning how to use, its an older machine used in home shop. Some of your questions are the same as mine, When I had the wires connected correctly, x axis as example the stepper would go on in slow mode when I turned on the controller.

Anyone have any info on the Centroid CNC4 controller?

Cencomm does allow for file sizes up to 60k bytes to be sent to the controller via what Centriod calls “line-by-line”. I suspect I’d need some type of control board to interface to the existing stepper drivers?

Of course yours could be set up quite differently. What’s odd is that the Cencomm software has the ability to sense limit switches by number and my machine has them wired in series acting like one limit sensing branch.


The current output of the drives is adjustable via a set of dip switches located on each drive card withing the control.

I’m used to working with big files and will certainly need to try this with my mill. Typically, a compile will complete with warnings popping up, but will bomb if there’s an actual error. You can use a usb to serial adapter and any serial terminal you wish.

I downloaded and installed from the tar ball. Some operators said they run without air assist. This website or its third-party tools use cookies, which are necessary to its functioning and required to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy. What do you cenroid sending on the serial line, in what format, to what part of the system? I wasn’t able to test Z since I had no air hooked up yet Centroid CNCs are a compelling means to manage manufacturing and fabrication more effectively with the right equipment.

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Warnings are usually not a big deal, since source code written and compiled on one OS architecture may compile cleanly, but on a different OS architecture may have some minor issues. I don’t believe that servicing these are a simple task but service kits are available. However when you run the x or y axis manualy it works fine. I haven’t tried to hook up a terminal to the serial interface yet.

I’m a bit concerned that limit switches would not be active at that point but will experiment once I get my switches active and set in place. If you want to know more or withdraw your consent to all or some of the cookies, please refer to the cookie policy. I was missing a few pages and another user was kind enough to send me a few scans.


Here is a photo of my cnc4 controller. As for how everything is wired in your cabinet, yes, you are right, that varies a bit from machine to machine.

Does the controller need the pc interface to function manually? See each listing for international shipping options and costs.

I changed the Cencomm setting to ignore all switches for debugging centrid can’t see how it’s actually interfacing to the PLC in my cabinet or how it stops axis motion once tripped!!

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I’m going to try posting each specific question in it’s own thread to get more traffic. I have Googled this to death and cannot find much info at all.

Also shop in Also shop in. The time now is By ‘drip fed’, I suppose you mean transferring a CNC file.