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Forum topic by BigHorse posted 07-25-2018 10:31 AM 813 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2018 10:31 AM

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Does anyone no of a cnc router technician in central PA that is “small shop” friendly. I just purchased a used Onsrud router and I’d like to find somebody that could hook it up and see if everything works and all. There are plenty of companies out there that do this type of thing but it seems a lot of them are more focused on big manufacturing facilities where a couple thousand dollars is a drop in the bucket.

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#1 posted 07-25-2018 12:06 PM

call a few of your local sign shops – many are advancing
from the vinyl sticker shops to the small CNC machines
to broaden their product line. (worth a shot).

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#2 posted 07-25-2018 01:05 PM

Before getting into CNC, I took a class on building them so I could do my own tech support. That’s what allowed me to purchase an old AXYZ and get it running. You might want to consider doing something similar.

It’s not just about getting the machine operational either. Between two CNC routers, I’ve had four breakdowns and if I didn’t know how to fix them myself, I’d have had two expensive boat anchors. All four repairs cost me about $200 total to buy parts.

One of my routers is an AXYZ and trying to get tech support from that company is laughable. They didn’t even acknowledge a request for a manual.

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#3 posted 07-25-2018 01:30 PM

Onsrud is a pretty good router and they offer decent support for their products. I would start with a call to them and ask for recommendations to install your machine. It’s also a good idea to register your machine with them so they can be Johnny-on-the-spot with information if you have any repair issues in the future. (They never happen when it’s convenient)

We just set up our Biesse using an independent installer who was Biesse certified. Still, Biesse sent their rep out to see that the installation went well.

A poorly setup machine will not perform to its peak potential and can cause a lot of nightmares down the road.

For me, a couple thousand is a small price to ensure my $50k to $80k investment works correctly and that our people get some basic training on how to properly operate and maintain the machine.

Just sayin’ I think it is worth the money.

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#4 posted 07-25-2018 02:15 PM

Thanks for all the info everybody, I certainly appreciate it. I have found that people’s experienced advice saves me a lot of blundering in the dark!

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