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Forum topic by DTrak posted 01-27-2022 03:53 PM 541 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2022 03:53 PM

I am small shop that makes lighting out of wood (stoneanddove.com). I have been farming out the CNC work, but now realize it makes more sense to buy my own CNC and do it myself. I don’t have lots of space and the pieces of my fixtures are rarely over 20×15 or so. I have narrowed it down to:
Shark HD510 and HD520
Axiom Precision Iconic
Shapeoko Pro
Onefinity Woodworker X-50

Does anyone have thoughts about any of these and how they compare? thanks
Dan


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#1 posted 01-27-2022 04:32 PM

I have known some people that have bought kits, like these. They assemble in a day or two, it’s not like a DIY machine. They were formerly called CNC router parts. The nice thing is, if you ever want to expand it, you can get larger pieces of extrusion and more racks (They can be butt jointed). IT’s in your budget, and IMO, a better machine that the ones you have listed. Runs off Mach3 (or Mach4) so there’s nothing proprietary about it.. makes it more straight forward if you ever want to add something like a laser, rotary axis, etc. (Mach3 can support up to 6 stepper drivers, so you have 2 spare “slots”)

https://www.avidcnc.com/pro4824-4-x-2-cnc-router-kit-p-250.html

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#2 posted 01-27-2022 06:12 PM

thanks, I will look into that.
Dan

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#3 posted 01-27-2022 06:51 PM

I second the AVID CNC. Much more robust and extremely well designed. If you have any mechanical ability at all, the assembly should be no problem.

One recommendation: If your budget can handle it, I highly recommend you go with a spindle instead of a router. Much quieter. You don’t have to get the Avid one, though. Amazon and eBay have 2Kw ones with a VFD, mount, and collet sets for around $400.

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#4 posted 01-27-2022 08:04 PM

But the spindle ones I have seen in this price range are around 1.1hp and the typical router is 2 1/4hp. Doesnt that make a difference?

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#5 posted 01-27-2022 08:24 PM

A 2kw spindle is equivalent to a 3hp router..

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#6 posted 01-27-2022 09:24 PM

got it, thanks

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