I tightened up the C bolt the other day to remove some slack in the gantry. Everything ran great the entire weekend (about 4 hours of cutting).
Today I tried to setup a make-shift dust shoe. I remembered reading that it wasn’t recommended attaching anything to the z axis, so I tried to keep things light. I don’t think I had enough slack in the hose. Everything went great until the 3rd time the Z axis tried to lift. Something clicked and my Z axis has been unreliable since (even with the dust shoe taken back off).
I noticed ‘that smell’ and pulled the controller out. The Z axis driver was significantly hotter than the other 2.
I guess I learned my lesson about extra weight on the Z axis. I’ll get a new driver… Then I’ll find a better way to attach a dust shoe. I’m thinking about something that can screw onto the back of the gantry and then use something flexible to attach it to the spindle. That way the gantry takes the brunt of the weight.
Here’s a video of the make-shift dust shoe in action. It actually worked surprisingly well… while it worked.