Thread: Advice on Buying a Benchtop CNC
I am new to the 'CNC game' and am looking for some advice / recommendations from experts on which CNC machine I should buy. The 'story is' that I am about to retire and I want to buy a CNC and software to keep me busy. I am computer literate and I have researched the internet and it looks like Vectric Aspire software will do for me but I am struggling with which machine to buy.
I am looking for a CNC:
- with a cutting area of 900mm x 600mm x 150mm
- cutting 3D relief on wood
- create custom inlays etc.
I have a budget of around £5000
This will be a hobby for me so the tolerances don't need to be of industrial standards. I have seen lots of machines advertised, Amazon, eBay (from China), German and UK. So before I make a decision some guidance from you would be appreciated
I'm sure I've seen this machine on eBay before; that workstation is very familiar!
Perhaps it's just that the manufacturer uses the router to make the workstation as a test/demo piece?
Also, machine makers seem to have a nasty habit of including the length of the tool holder and endmill in their 'cutting area'.
Welcome to the forum!
For that money you will get a machine that will do the job, like the one at the link. Just it will be nothing special. You will get no support with such a machine, crappy chinese boards and if something goes wrong, you will come back here at the forum and will have to wait for sb to help you, which many will.
There are some German machines in that price envelope, will do the job, will get support. The thing is that they have cut corners here and there, so the machines are no so capable as they want you to believe.
You best bet will be to build yourself a machine if you are into that. Or if not, maybe find somebody from the forum who makes machines, to do that for you. Contact JAZZCNC / Dean/ who is a guru here and does that.
Going with a custom build you will finish with a stronger, better, faster and much more useful machine.
I am also this week at the point of starting to make a prototype for a production of a very capable machine, same working area that you aim for, so if you could wait a bit we could combine something and you finish with a small beast of a machine. PM me if interested for more info on that.
have a look at BZT. I do have one of them (PF 1000 P) and I am more than happy with it.
The spares (in the UK) and help at the end of a telephone are available for that machine i have just found out :)
Personally i would like a servo powered version! :) :)
A full board is 2440mm x 1220mm, so, maybe consider a work area a little bigger than 1220mm x 610mm (quarter board)?
Hi Silyavski, Thanks for the heads up. I will contact JAZZCNC and see the offer. I don't think I will be able to build my own as i'm not a whizz with the electics / motors etc
Hi All, Thank you very much for the reply's and the emails. I have been looking at the Prototools S100 and the Laguna Tool 1Q. I am not sure Laguna tools will ship to the UK so I will ask the question. Any thoughts from anyone?
Hi Silyavski, I have been in touch with Dean (JAZZCNC). Thanks for the steer
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