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Forum topic by Gary Vaiskauckas posted 07-14-2019 08:02 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gary Vaiskauckas

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07-14-2019 08:02 PM

I have not yet seen a post on the YetiTool Smartbench – 4’ x 8’ CNC that can be transported to a job site or easily assembled and disassembled in a garage workshop. I have questions about the rigidity of the platform and accuracy of cuts that may have been necessary tradeoffs to achieve the portable form factor. Its a very innovative solution and if accurate and robust might be a great solution in certain environments.

If anyone has experience with the Yeti Smartbench – I’d love to get their feedback.

Here is a youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYvRIkw9164&feature=youtu.be

YetiTool is a U.K. company.

P.S. I have no affiliation whatsoever with Yeti Tools.


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Tony1212

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#1 posted 07-15-2019 01:38 PM

That is pretty cool. But I have the same concerns over rigidity. Everything I’ve read about CNC routers is the need for everything to be rock solid and I’m not sure they can meet that requirement with their goal of portability.

I’d love to try one out, though.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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DS

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#2 posted 07-18-2019 03:13 PM

I keep scratching my head trying to think of a purposeful use that makes it necessary to be a portable machine.

Maybe fabricating counter tops on site?

You still need to measure the site and send the resulting g-code to the machine for cutting.
No specific requirements dictate the machine needs to be on site.

Perhaps it just makes for a more budget conscious machine?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#3 posted 07-18-2019 07:06 PM

DS – Good points. I haven’t given much thought to the general use case.

However for my purposes having a 4’ x 8’ CNC capability that can be easily be broken and set up in my garage workshop is very appealing. The approximate $5k price point is attractive compared to 2’ x 4’ CNC machines in the $5-$7k range. But for me price is a secondary consideration vs. workshop footprint. Having said that it needs to perform competitively with stationary CNC machines in its price range to find a home in my workshop.

Tony1212 – I agree. I look forward to some reviews on how it actually performs as a CNC compared to stationary CNC machines.

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#4 posted 07-18-2019 09:27 PM

I suppose I may be biased, having setup and used many large industrial machines that took tens of thousands of dollars just to rig, electrify, dust collect, vacuum plumb and set up. (Level within a couple arc seconds, and the like.)

Once a big machine is set up, there is no moving it without it being an expensive production.

I would expect a portable machine to have some accuracy issues related to portability which could limit the usefulness of the machine versus an industrial big machine.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 07-19-2019 06:54 AM


I would expect a portable machine to have some accuracy issues related to portability which could limit the usefulness of the machine versus an industrial big machine.

- DS

Actually pretty hard to see it not having accuracy issues. This is the problem with any portable tool, even the ones in heavy use. At least as opposed to stationary machines that are dialed in.

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#6 posted 07-19-2019 10:53 AM

Bet you have to have flat plywood too…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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