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All the motor drivers that I buy are duds

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by Sam Neall, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Sam Neall

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    I am on my third monster moto clone (this one I bought from a certified buyer by a post on xsimulator) and it just glitches out like all of the others ones I've bought. I have wired it correctly according to the wiring diagram provided by the AtoZ Building Tutorial I am following for electronics and ground isolated both motors. Should I invest in a real monster moto or a sabertooth? I am honestly tired of getting duds I have spent months trying to get this dumb motor driver working. For more details on the problem I am having with this one, the board makes the motor buzz (probably sending a voltage too low for the motor to actually move but it still tries) and the light on the board flashes very fast. The board heats up very fast when I give it power.
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    Which lights were flashing fast? The one at the +12V input or the directional LED's next to the output chips?
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    Avoid the legit MM as for the price, sabertooth is better.

    Maybe I'm just lucky but I think I've only had one or two duds, the rest I have accidentally killed and I have bought over 30 of these things for various experiments.
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    There was a constant light at the input terminal. The individual motor terminals had fastly flashing lights.
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    Yes that was the post that I got the certified buyer from on ebay. I don’t like the whole setup I have with a shield on top of the arduino. It wiggles around too much and is very sketchy. I’ll might get a sabertooth so I can put it in a separate location in my electronic housing to prevent wiring faults.
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    A shield shoul not wiggle at all, or even have the ability to wiggle around. Could you post a photo of the setup? From the sounds of the LED's flasshing erratically and without further information at hand it seems as though your circuit is putting the PWM on the directional pins. Incorrect wiring to the MM can blow these things up really fast. Can you post what arduino and code you are using?
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    I used stacking headers like these. If I solder on connections then it is stiff but these headers make it wobbly. I got them so that I could use the headers for the potentiometers instead of soldering the pots onto the board. I already ordered a Sabertooth. I’m using the arduino uno and the 1.0 code off of this post https://www.xsimulator.net/communit...3dof-motor-driver-and-windows-utilities.4957/ . I will update when I test with the Sabertooth.

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    Sabertooth works.
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