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Forum topic by TDominy posted 02-22-2021 01:24 PM 231 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TDominy

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02-22-2021 01:24 PM

Looking for a laser to mainly make my projects but also add names of some folks that I make things for. I also have a rental beach house that I would like to mark some of the things there, so being portable would be nice.

What should I be looking for? What should I have that I might not have thought of?

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.


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menuisierJC

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#1 posted 02-23-2021 05:23 PM

I have been thinking about buying this laser, which is relatively cheap.
https://www.laserpecker.net/

The same company has a more powerful model on Kickstarter.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laserpecker-pro/laserpecker-2-the-best-handheld-laser-engraverandcutter?

-- Jeffrey

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#2 posted 02-24-2021 01:41 AM

In my opinion the laserpecker is way overpriced. Ortur is a very popular brand. Thee are a few places to purchase one – stay away from Gearbest. Gearbest is cheap and it ships from China but it could take 2 – 3 months. I received my first one from them 6 days after I ordered it, I bought a rotating axis from them and I received it in 10 days. I ordered the new Ortur Master 2 Laser and I waited 2 months then cancelled the order. Aliexpress gets good reviews, Amazon has them but they are more expensive.
I have a 15W (really only about 4.5 watt output) and it engraves most things extremely well. You have to play with the speed and the output, and laser focus to obtain the best results. Some woods like oak and Bamboo are terrible because of the varying densities. I have the Ortur Master 1 which can engrave an area of 150mm x 160mm. The Master 2 comes in a 15W or a 20W model and I believe has a 240mm x 240mm bed. WIth eaither the engraving size is almost endless since you can just move the whole machine, I’m guessing mine weighs 3 lbs. The sweet spot for the 15W is engraving, the 20W is better suited for cutting but don’t purchase anything under 40W if you plan on cutting. I added air assist to mine, it blows away the smoke giving the laser a clearer path and it blows out the ash allowing a finer, more precise burn. They come with GBRL software which is almost useless. I purchased Lighburn for $40 which is easy to use and basic. I paid $179 for my Master 1 which included shipping from China. My next one will be the Ortur Master 2 20W, still under $300. I have also added a camera which allows me to align larger projects using reference points. If you are a FB user check out the Ortur Laser page.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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TDominy

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#3 posted 02-24-2021 12:53 PM

Thanks for the advise.

Some of the reviews on Amazon for the Ortur are not good for the newer machines. Something about the motherboard failing if not grounded and the machine is not grounded from the factory. Not sure how prevalent this is. Wonder if it could be how clean the power is coming from the utility?

I was hoping for something that I could take with me but thinking that is not going to be an option at this point.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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