Leo wrote:I also have a chinese machine, but it is from a bit more of a reputable seller. I imported it myself, not from EBAY.
It is extremely unlikely that you will get a LEGAL version of Mach3 from them.
It's not all so expensive, just purchase it.
The mach3.XML file has all the settings for your machine - that is important - save that and back it up. Save a copy in a safe place - off the machine.
Interesting Leo, I would have expected your machine to have come with Legal control software or just the demo version so you could buy your own licence. The difference being that you bought an industrial type machine rather than one of the mass produced Hobby type machines on ebay so I would have thought the seller dealt mainly B2B
First off - I am VERY happy with my machine. It is SOLID as a rock. Buying a machine from China is VERY different from buying a US made machine from a US based manufacturer. That's not to say the US in the only good place, but I am a US based person. Buying from China is a bit of a mystery, you don't always know for sure what you will be getting. After the machine arrived in my shop there was much that I needed to do to get the machine up and operational. Drilled and tapped holes may not be up to par. For the most part the machine is good, but you get NO instructions of any sort.
After a little fiddling and adjusting everything is running fine.
My machine is PROVEN repeatable in all 3 axis within .0005" That is as tested in my shop, my way with .0005 increment indicators.
All in all I figure I saved at least - conservatively well over $10,000 for the machine I have.
BUT - I had to deal with Chinese workmanship.
I also bought a 100W Laser from the same company, and I also imported another 48x96 router from that same company for a client. I got that one up and running and trained the owner as well. Also a ROCK solid machine, and very happy owner, again saved $10-15K
No matter what, China is a LOT less expensive but you get what you get.