Just finished assembling my new woodworker, touch probe, suckit and hose boom. Also made my first cuts - surfacing my waste board and adding dog holes and Matchfit dovetail tracks. I’m posting this so newbies like me know what to expect and maybe save some headaches.
This thing really is absolutely beginner-friendly!!! Took me about an hour and a half or so to assemble the machine, install the touch probe, Suckit dust boot and the Rowdy Roman hose boom.
First newbie tip - watch the assembly videos on the Onefinity youtube channel while you are assembling everything. They are really idiot-proof and will save you time and heartache. Also, watch Rowdy Roman’s hose boom assembly video even though it’s pretty simple to put together.
When I first plugged in the game controller it did not work. I rebooted the onefinity controller (the big black box with the estop) and it worked fine.
Homing: I am one of the folks who had problems with my Y not homing correctly. I followed the Onefinity video on tunning the Stall Homing and it seemed to correct the problem. There were still some intermittent homing issues but a controller reboot typically sorted it out. If it continues to happen I will reach out to support.
Setting up dust collection - If you got the Suckit and hose boom or even if you plan on using your own set up make absolutely sure that you jog the router all the way in each direction, through the middle, do loopty loops and everything in between to catch any places where your router power cable or hose can snag. I didn’t do that and my router power cable got snagged and it peeled some of the rubber wire shielding off.
Touch probe - As others have mentioned….Make Sure You Attach the Magnetic thingy to the Collet before probing. As long as you do that this thing is awesome. I can’t imagine trying to manually set the machine up accurately each time during a multi-tool cut.
Connecting the Onefinity to your network: I have a Wifi Mesh system and thought I would be able to connect no problem as I have never had connectivity issues in my workshop with other devices, However, as mentioned in the Onefinity Video, the Raspberry Pi wifi is very week and I wasn’t able to connect. So plan to either add an extender or resign yourself to transferring files on a thumb drive, which actually isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Caveat - the USB slots on the Onefinity controller are close together and it can be a struggle to cram multiple USB devices at once. I had to arrange the game controller, my USB drive with my files and the USB plug from the touchscreen, in just the right order to get them all to fit.
The Touchscreen: Holy smokes it’s small. If you are old and half-blind like me definitely plan on getting a bigger screen and keyboard. The only real difficulty I had with the entire process of setting up and using the Onefinity was trying to see and touch everything on that tiny screen. Ultimately with a pair of reading glasses and slow deliberate touches I was able to manage but I am definitely upgrading.
Making your first cuts (probably sufacing your spoil board):
- On your CAM software: Make sure your feeds and speeds are what you want them to be for the tool and material.
- Make sure you set up depth of cut and your stepover is what you want.
- At the table: Make sure your router is set to the speed you want.
- Home the machine and probe (or however you set up for your cut if you don’t have a probe).
- Make sure you turn your router on and dust collection if using it. (If using MDF have a mask with filters…even with dust collection this stuff is messy!)
- Hit the play button and have the Estop button handy in case something goes wrong!!
Enjoy watching your first cut!!
Hope this is helpful to someone. If anyone sees any mistakes or if I did something that is not safe or smart please point it out…I am, after all, a newbie. Thanks!