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Forum topic by AllanK posted 11-21-2020 09:49 PM 638 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2020 09:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc fox alien benchtop cnc beginner carving tool

I want to start dabbling in CNC, but balk at the +$1,000 prices. Also, at 74 years old, not a lot of time to spend on a learning curve :-). I haven’t used CAD software, except for Sketchup. I watched the assembly video – piece of cake.

For $300 this looks like good way to get started.

Has anyone used one? Other opinions?

Cheers,

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."


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#1 posted 11-21-2020 11:27 PM

It says it doesn’t come with the spindle so that’s a extra charge. Check out banggood.com they have a bunch of the small cnc machines like that. I was looking into buying one before I found the one I have now. The free softwares you can go ahead and download them to try out which one you like before you buy a machine. You might want to download one or more of the free programs and try them out before buying a machine.

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#2 posted 11-21-2020 11:43 PM

It actually does have the spindle, and even comes with bits and Z-probe. Which one did you get?

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#3 posted 11-22-2020 01:33 AM

I see the bits it comes with but didn’t see the spindle in the package list.
I bought a digital wood carver CNC I found at auction. I was looking at the biggest desktop one on banggood when I came across the digital wood carver. I’m using all free software minus the usb controller, there is a learning curve to them. There is a YouTuber named roger Webb who has a lot of good videos on cncs and he just did a couple on one of the smaller machines and how to upgrade them. That machine looks like a fun one to play with but will you be happy with the size?

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#4 posted 11-22-2020 01:40 AM

Here is a bang good link
https://m.banggood.com/search/cnc%20router.html
I figured most of them are made in China I might as well buy direct and save some cash. I bought my laser from there and have enjoyed using it.

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#5 posted 12-04-2020 07:51 PM

Did you end up buying one?

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#6 posted 12-04-2020 11:11 PM

Yes, and I’m having quite a few problems getting it work correctly. On the plus side, the support is excellent, on the minus side it’s in China, so every exchange of emails takes a day. Good thing I’m not in a hurry. I also have a learning curve, having never does anything with CNC before.

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#7 posted 12-05-2020 08:52 PM

Yeah learning the programs is a bit challenging. But something will click for you and it will make more sense after that.

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