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Old 07-20-2018, 11:42 PM
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Default WinCNC Wireless Pendant

There has been a few mentions of this very useful accessory for our machines. I bought one and made a short video of its operation: https://youtu.be/YhguEASCaSE

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You must have WinCNC version 2.6.07a or later. On some machines this is a no charge download and upgrade, on others there are charges. These charges vary depending on how old your system is. I can hook you up with the Pendant and required programming, CAMaster would need to price out any software version upgrade and, of course, they sell the pendant too!

GCnC411@gmail.com for more info
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:06 PM
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Default Fwiw

I watched Gary's video and as usual he did a great job with much detail. I have looked at the pendant many times since its inception. I just don't see how it is so much better than my wireless keyboard.

I really like gadgets but they have to really be a value to me. For example I just purchased a Nova Voyager DVR drill press even though I already own a 12 Speed 17" Floor Drill Press. I got tired of changing the belts to change speeds. All I do with the Nova is turn a knob, or pick my favorite speed or use the menu to select the speed for the type of bit and material. So much easier.

The Nova has surpassed my expectations of what a drill press should do but of course it is twice the cost of the Grizzly. If I saw that kind of value in the pendent than I would buy one but I do not. To be fair I have not actually tried one but I didn't try out a Nova either but the value was obvious to me. That is my two cents. Cheers.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:49 PM
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That's a nice setup, Gary. Thanks for posting the video!
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:44 PM
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Keith...
I'm with you. I am much more of a "real feature" freak than a gadget freak. I tested the pendants a few years back and have done just fine without them as I am a navigate with the keyboard guy.

Operating these new machines with a large number of screen button enabled macros has meant that I get to the machine with a wireless keyboard and then have to go back to the mouse or touchscreen to get the required button press. So, I am pleased that this unit does both at a reasonable cost.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:01 PM
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Question How about?

Gary, I agree with you about going back to the computer because you don't have control over the mouse. I am going to do some research but it seems that you should be able to find a touch screen device that will connect via Bluetooth to the computer and use Wincnc remotely.

Has anyone looked into that solution? I did some preliminary research a few minutes ago and I think that there maybe some apps that can provide that capability. Now that would be a perfect solution. What say you Mr. Campbell?

How about if I remotely log into my computer as folks do when teaching or troubleshooting?
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:50 PM
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Keith...
Its simple. I got a bit tired of going back and forth to the screen to perform actions that my keyboard wouldn't. I bought a WinCNC pendant. It works great. I made a video in case someone else might benefit. Game over for me
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:56 AM
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I have the wired and wireless pendant from Wincnc ..... I prefer the wired model but it cost more BUT it has the same operations as the Wincnc screen.

https://youtu.be/kkJm4zbnD78
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:36 PM
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It looks like a nice device, but one thing bothers me. I don't see any need for a button to remotely drop the tool out of the spindle. You've got to have one hand on the tool holder anyway when you press the button, so why not just use the one on the spindle? I would rather not have any of my fingers close to that button when I don't intend to press it. Is there a way to disable or reprogram that one button?
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:51 PM
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Charlie....
There is no button on this spindle. In reality I will seldom, if ever use it, except to put in a surfacer, which I run as a "zero" tool
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Old 07-29-2018, 01:29 PM
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Let me answer a number of questions that I have received via email and PM:

The pendant buttons will operate any (and only) macros or operations that are currently on your WinCNC screen

Other actions or options can be added (by yourself for free) or for a small additional charge

Any operation or action that you machine is capable of performing can be assigned to a button and can be operated by a pendant button.

If you have a CAMaster machine, you should contact CAMaster to add your pendant. They may refer you to me, but your first contact should be CAMaster Tech Support. DIY WinCNC users may contact myself or WinCNC directly.
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