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Posted on What tools do CNC Routers "replace"?

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 02:03 PM

CNC routers have typically replaced the need for pin or pattern routers, I have one that was given to me and I’m almost finished getting it ready to use. This is a smaller version of the larger overarm type that would have been used in a high capacity production shop years ago. The big plus with CNC is they can replace all of the tools you mentioned to some degree, not so much with the scroll saw or the planer, but much so with the other tools. The capacity of the CNC router table has a lot to do with it also, some have a small 18” x 18” table with an inch or two on the z-axis. Others might have several feet in the x and y direction with over a foot of z-axis travel. I’ve been thinking about getting one and the prices go up exponentially with the work envelope. The other big advantage with CNC vs. pin routers is now you no longer have patterns to store, only programs.

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