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v1 Brackets for the Shapeoko 3 HDZ


Step 1: Inventory

Your package should include the following items:

  • (2) Upper Track Brackets
    • (2) Ear brackets
    • (4) M5 Mounting Screws
  • Left and Right Support Arms
    • (4) M5 Mounting Screws
    • (2) thumb screws / plate-nuts
    • (2) locking pins / thumb screw


Step 2: Ear Brackets and Upper Track Brackets

The ears and upper track brackets are for mounting our boot to the HDZ X/Z Carriage of your Shapeoko CNC.   

You'll need an M5 hex key for this step. (not included)

  • Partially screw all (8) M5 screws into the two mounting ears. 
  • Place the left ear into position (see 2nd picture below) and hand screw into the back of your HDZ.
  • Place the left track bracket around the eccentric nut and rotate up into position next to the left ear and hand screw tight.
  • Next place the right ear into position and fully hand screw into your hdz.
  • Place the right track bracket around the lower eccentric nut and rotate up into position next to the right ear and hand screw tight.
  • Lastly, position the x-limit switch plate and screws and hand tighten into the rear of the right mounting ear.  (see images below for details)

Tip 1:  All of our mounting brackets are 3d printed plastic.  Avoid using drills or drivers to install... hand screw everywhere possible to prevent the plastic from stripping.

Tip 2: I purposely kept the ears/brackets tight against the HDZ, but this means you may need to slightly twist the X limit switch away from the HDZ so it hits the side plate prior to our brackets.

Click on each image below to get a closer look.


Step 3: HDZ Support Arms

In the box you'll find two HDZ support brackets 

with screws and plates.

No tools are required for this step.

  • Insert thumb screw into support arm
  • Hold plate behind upper track bracket
  • Secure plate and screw by screwing them together with the upper track bracket in between.

Tip:  When setting up for cuts, you can loosen the thumb screw just enough for the support arm to slide along the bracket without removing it completely.  This allows you to adjust the height of the boot to fit your needs of each cut.

Note:  You may need to take a metal file to the piece of the support arm that fits into the upper brackets track.  Doing so will help the support arm easily slide up/down the track bracket.


Step 4: Attach Boot

This is a step you'll be repeating often and is extremely easy to do.

  • Position both support arms about 1.5" above your work surface.
  • From behind the X gantry, slide the boot into the magnetic support arms.

Tip 1:  The magnets will do most of the work, thus very little force is required to properly seat the boot.

Tip 2:   It is handy to gently squeeze both support arms together to ensure the boot is fully seated.

Tip 3:  If you need to adjust the position of the boot within the support arms, you'll need an M3 hex key.  Loosen the two screws on each side wing slightly and adjust as needed.


Step 5: Attach Dust Collection

The boot is useless without a dust collection system... 

  • From behind the X gantry and the boot... attach the adapter to your dust collection hose.
  • Slide hose/adapter into the boot.
  • Ensure the hose is loose and has enough slack to reach the extremes of your setup.

Tip 1:  Hold the boot with one hand and the hose/adapter with the other.  Gently push them together until they're well seated.

Tip 2: If the included hose adapter doesn't fit your collector, reach out to us at info@pwncnc.com to see how we can help.

Tip 3:  I'm told the adapter is a tight fit, especially in the winter.  You may need to take a hair dryer to your hose in order to properly insert the adapter.


Step 6: Attaching Face Shield

This step is completely optional.

  • Slide the two protruding screws on the face shield into the corresponding holes on the front of the dust boot. 
  • Allow the magnets to catch and pull the face shield into a fully seated position.

Tip:  Leaving the face shield off gives your filming equipment the perfect clean view while cutting.

Warning:  I am aware of an issue in which the face can tilt upwards when moving across high profile clamps.  The face does not come off when this happens, only tilt upwards and back down when the clamp has passed.