If you wish to purchase a Sherline CNC mill, but you want to use your own computer and software instead of Sherline’s computer with pre-loaded Linux/EMC software, this package makes it easier. Here’s what you do:
- Order the CNC-ready mill of your choice.
- Order this kit (4-axis driver box and connecting cables plus power supply and 3 stepper motors).
- Supply your own computer, monitor, and control software.
The 8770 kit includes Sherline’s 8760 4-axis driver box and power supply plus three 67127 stepper motors. Plug the 25-pin parallel cable (included) from the driver box to the printer port of your computer. Attach the stepper motors to the stepper motor mounts on the on the X, Y and Z axes of your Sherline CNC-ready mill and plug the X, Y and Z cables from the driver box to the stepper motors. Once you select and install your own control software, you are ready to go. If you want to add a 4th axis rotary table, purchase P/N 8730 rotary table with stepper motor and plug it to axis A.
NOTE: If you want a complete plug-and-play system with a mill, computer, and driver ready to run, see the complete CNC systems listed elsewhere on this site.
- Driver box with 4 motor cables
- 3.7 amp, 24 volt power supply with cord
- 25-pin parallel cable*
- 2 CD set with Linux/EMC2, utilities and instructions
- Two spare fuses
NOTE: A 25-wire parallel port is required because EMC2 is designed to be capable of running up to six axes simultaneously. Even though the Sherline driver box only uses four of those axes at one time, a 2-wire serial USB port cannot transmit data to multiple axes fast enough for glitch-free CNC operation.
Minimum Computer Requirements
In order to install and run a Linux based system from the disc provided it is recommended the computer have at least the following minimum specifications:
- Processor speed: 800 MHz or faster (Pentium III class or equivalent processor)
- RAM: 512 Mb (Sherline provides 1 Gb)
- Hard Drive: 20 Gb or larger
- 25-pin parallel port (printer port)
- (Laptop computers are not recommended.)
For the most current information on hardware requirements for LinuxCNC/EMC2 see LinuxCNC Hardware Requirements
Linux vs. Windows
The software that comes with this package includes Linux and LinuxCNC (formerly EMC) on DVD. CLICK HERE to learn more about the advantages of Linux and how it compares to Windows. Please read this if you are unsure about your ability to install Linux yourself on your own computer.
For Windows® Users Only Now available for Window 10, 32b and 64b through DPP
DPP offers two ways to connect your own laptop or desktop via the USB port with Sherline’s CNC Controller (P/N 8760). You can use the USB CNC to LPT motion controller dedicated to MACH3 software, or you can get their new controller that features the ability to switch between MACH3 and MACH4. The main difference between the two softwares is that the MACH3 license is less expensive and easier to use for the hobby market, while MACH4 caters more to the industrial market.
These products contain a microprocessor, which simulates a complete CNC controller program and thus elevates the processing load from the host computer.
For prices, features, and specifications click on the links below:
For details on the MACH3 controller, CLICK HERE
For details on the dual MACH3-MACH4 controller, CLICK HERE
Download PDF 8760 Instructions