Below is a close up of the Pendant and the keys.
Reset Estop machine and reset
Stop Stop running Gcode
Silver Button On / Off switch
Home Home the machine and set Machine coordinates to X0,Y0,Z0
Start / Pause Start Gcode file and feedhold
Rewind reset Gcode file back to the start
Probe -Z Run Auto Zero routine. If you have a custom one it will run this.
Spindle Turn on and off spindle
=1/2 Divide coordinate by 2 selected by the axis knob
=0 Set selected axis to 0
Safe -Z Raise Z axis to safe height
goto Zero Move all axis to the origin point X0,Y0,Z0
Macro -1 User defined function
Macro -2 User defined function
Macro -3 User defined function
Step ++ Cycle through step increments 1,10,100,1000
MPG Mode allow MPG jogging
Selector switch Select X,Y,Z,A, Spindle speed and Feedrate
MPG Manual Pulse Generator moves the selected axis in a manner dependant on direction of rotation and speed.
LCD Display Shows Working and Machine coordinates and other info depending on where the selector switch is positioned.
despite the fact that this Pendant is made for Mach3 and is the only controller mentioned in the manual after 2 days I still can't get Mach3 on my machine to recognise it let alone configure it. It could be that i am using Windows XP or maybe I am not using the right plugin. By contrast it took 10 minutes to install on UCCNC without any instructions. Something is not right here. I will continue to try and see if I can get it working even just for interest sake.
This Pendant feels well made and very solid. The USB cable could be a bit of a nuisance but only time will tell. Would benefit from a loop to hang the pendant up but making one from some cable ties will solve the issue. The LCD screen is very handy and it is very easy to use. The MPG is quite intuitive when it comes to turning. I thought I would have trouble remembering which way to turn to move an axis in the direction I wanted but oddly enough the best way to get it right is to not think about it.
Is it better than my old pendant?
I honestly don't know. I have been using it for so long it is sent nature. I like that I can ut it one handed unlike the new one which requires both hands. I will need to use the new one a bit longer before i can make a decision as to which I prefer. The one thing I will say for sure is I would not go out and buy the HB04 to replace the current pendant I have. There is nothing I can do on the new one that I can't do on the old with the exception of see my coordinates but to be honest I never look at them anyway when using a pendant.
Until next Time