8760 CNC 4-Axis Driver Box Kit

$630.00

CNC 4-Axis Driver Box and Power Supply (includes 4 drivers, a power supply, 4 connection cables, a parallel cable, and Linux/LinuxCNC software).

Software technical support that comes with the full CNC system is not included when only the driver box is purchased.

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Product Description

Description of the Driver Box

8760fuses
A fuse is now included on each axis to protect the driver chips.

When Sherline developed the CNC system for the mill, we installed the drivers and power supply inside the computer box as a complete package. For those who wish to run the stepper motors on their Sherline CNC-ready machines using a computer other than the one supplied as part of Sherline’s lathe and mill CNC systems, we now offer the driver box and power supply as a separate item.

The anodized aluminum box contains four drivers. Each outputs to its own cable, labeled X, Y, Z, and A, that plugs directly into Sherline’s P/N 67127 stepper motors. These stepper motors are pre-wired with a plug to match that on the end of the driver box cables, making hookup easy and fast. A 25-pin parallel cable (included) runs from the box to the parallel port on a computer, which you supply. Power comes from an external power supply (included) that plugs into the box. Also included is a DVD that contains the correct version of the Linux operating system and LinuxCNC control program that Sherline uses in its CNC system, should you wish to install them on your own computer. The operating instructions for CNC and a short course in writing G-code by Joe Martin are also included. The driver box has its own power on/off switch and a bright red LED that indicates when power is on. It operates on either 110 or 220 VAC power (switchable).

Included Components

  • 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

Driver box available for OEM

The Sherline P/N 8760 driver box is available for manufacturers wishing to put together a CNC system of their own. Why reinvent the wheel? This box, along with Sherline’s pre-wired stepper motors, makes it easy to put together a custom CNC package. Contact Sherline for details on our OEM quantity pricing. We have also left plenty of space on the top of the unit to laser engrave your logo and company information, and can handle that for you in-house. In addition, OEM suppliers using our driver box will be provided a link and a 300 word description at no charge on a special page on our website to describe your product.

Linux vs. Windows

The software that comes with this package includes Linux and LinuxCNC (formerly EMC) on DVD-ROM. 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

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

Other Purchasing Options:

67127 Stepper Motor
8765 Driver Box and 2 stepper motors (lathe)
8770 Driver box and 3 stepper motors (mill)

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The improper use of machine tools and their accessories can result in serious injury. Before using this tool, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure you understand its proper and safe use.

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Always wear safety glasses when operating machine tools.


Download PDF 8760 Instructions

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Power Supply Input: 100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz, 3A (automatically adapts to incoming voltage)
Output: 24 VDC, 4A
Parameters Logic high levels should be greater than 2 volts.
Logic low should be less than 1/2 volt.
Step pulses are active low.
Step pulses should be at least 22 microseconds long.
The lines labeled as LinuxCNC inputs or outputs can be disregarded in other systems.
For use with software other than LinuxCNC, make sure your software addresses the correct I/O lines for step and direction as shown below. Sherline is not able to provide assistance for other programs. For help with the LinuxCNC software, see http://www.linuxcnc.org/
We recommend at least an 800 MHz Pentium class computer or faster for use with the frequency mode.
In operation, the power to the motors will be reduced to half current after 3 seconds of inactivity. This can be changed to 1/4 power with a jumper on H1.
DB25 pin out 1 – Input from LinuxCNC (may be ignored in other systems)
2 – X Direction
3 – X Step
4 – Y Direction
5 – Y Step
6 – Z Direction
7 – Z Step
8 – A Direction
9 – A Step
10 – NC
11 – Output to LinuxCNC (may be ignored in other systems)
12 – Output to LinuxCNC, XYZ home (may be ignored in other systems)
13 – NC
14 – Input from LinuxCNC, C1 (may be ignored in other systems)
16 – Input from LinuxCNC, C2 (may be ignored in other systems)
17 – NC
18-25 – Ground.
Headers on PC board H1 – Will reduce current to 1/4 after 3 seconds
H2 – Unimplemented H3 – Will remove power from drivers immediately (panic stop)
RESET – Will hold the drivers in reset condition
Motor Connectors 5-pin DIN male
Five to 30 volts (better performance at higher voltage)
2 amp unipolar configuration
800 steps per revolution (microstepping), equates to 16,000 steps/inch with .050″ pitch leadscrew
42070 6-32 X 3/16″ Pan Hd Machine Screw
43240 6-32 X 1/4″ Pan Hd Screw
81200 4-40 X 1/4″ Bin Hd Screw Phillips
8326 Linux/EMC CD Version 6.0
87002 5- Pin Din Jack
87006 10K Ohm 1/8 Watt
87011 1K Ohm 1/8 Watt
87018 .01 ufd Ceramic Disk
87019 22 ufd 100 Volt Cap
87020 330 ufd 16 Volt Cap
87022 Radial Lead 680 uH, .59 A Choke
87025 Schottky Diode
870291 Motor Driver Chip (2009)
87033 5 Volt Simple Switcher Regulator
87039 2-Pin Header (Tishr)
87040 36-Pin Socket Header (Timer)
870521 3/32″ Heat Shrink-1″ Long
87058 CNC Programshd Chip X, Y (2009)
87059 CNC Programshd Chips Z, A (2009)
87063 470 ufd, 50 Volt Capacitor
87064 2.2K, 1/4 Watt
87068 18-Pin IC Socket
87071 PC Mount DB-25 Male
87072 Parallel DB-25 M-F Cable 6′
87074 1/4″ Rubber Grommet
87083 Black Wire, 16″
87084 White Wire, 16″
870911 Fuse Pico Fast 3A 125V Axial
870912 Fuse Holder 5A Microfuse Vert PC
87092 680 Ohm 118 Watt
87093 SMAJ70A Djode (70 Volts)
87250 Extension Cable (UL Approved)
87618 Red L.E.D.
876181 L.E.D. Mounting Clip
87619 Rubber Grommets
87620 CNC Driver Unit Chasis
87622 Power Supply External-24v 4amp
876221 Power Cord for 4amp Supply
87623 Rubber Feet (Set Of 4)
87624 6-32 X 318″ Circuit Stand Offs
87626 Driver Box On/Off Switch
87627 Parallel Port Standoffs
876281 Charging Jack, 5P-Din (03/07)
87630 CNC Circuit Board
  1. Do not “hot plug” the stepper motors. Always turn the power off to the driver box before plugging in or unplugging a stepper motor. Failure to do so can burn out a chip in the driver box.
  2. When unplugging axis and motor cables, always grip the plastic connector. Do not pull on the wires themselves.
  3. Mach 3 and 4 software will NOT work with the Sherline driver box without the addition of a special dongle. The dongle has a small computer on the parallel side to avoid dropping steps as it converts from parallel to USB. Mach 3/4 does not work well parallel/parallel either, so you must use a dongle. Contact Sherline for the information needed to purchase this dongle. In addition, the free version of Mach 3 does not run satisfactorily with or without the dongle, the paid version is provided with customer support.
  4. Sherline takes extra care to ensure our motherboards and the parallel ports are a match with the correct power needed to run EMC2. There are no published plus/minus tolerances on parallel ports. As noted the port must have enough power to run up to six axes. If you are using your own computer and having problems transmitting data, it is highly recommended you add Sherline’s parallel port signal booster. (P/N 8763, $50.00).
  5. Make sure the female power plug is fully seated in the power supply unit socket. A blue light should be lit. A poor connection can short out components on the driver board.