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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 01-25-2009 05:10 AM 2655 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there fellow jocks. I am looking to our vast population to see if anyone has or uses the cnc router system by Carve Wright or the one that has Sears name on it. I have been looking at them and pondering the purchase. While I would have a good amount of work lined up and can justify the purchase some of the reviews leave me with the question if it would be a wise direction to go in. A good majority of the reviews that I have read have bad marks due to down time of the machine. Now a lot of these reviews are from early on in its campaign and I was hoping that like all new technology the “bugs” are worked out. So if anyone has, one used, or know of anybody who has one please let me know how it is working for them.


-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 05:24 AM

I’ve seen more bad things written about them than good things, which has persuaded me NOT to go that route. Some people have gone through several with no real long term luck, and a very few from what I’ve read, have had nothing but luck with them.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 03:46 PM

I’ve posted the troubles my friend had with his. After about 5 months and 3 returns and finally getting to Carvewright’s people (he bought the Sears version) his works fine. He is very happy with it. Noisy as all get out.
His average project on an 8×11 pieces of wood takes about 45-50 minutes to get finished.

He has not yet figured out how to do the relief carving they show in their ads but it does do a credible job on 3-D work. He tends to make everything in a frame at this point. I saw a bass (fish) that he did and it was really nice.

Personally, I think it requires too much hand work after the carving is done. But, I’m not a carver and have little interest in it.

Rockler is selling a CNC with a Bosch router. What i have seen of that machine is far more finished than the Carvewright but I have never seen it operate so I do not know how loud or how fast it is. However, it is about $1,000 more and the size of the workpiece is more limited than the Carvewright.

He would tell you (he’s told me) that NOW he loves it. He has the complete set of bits that go with it. The machine will stop when it is time to change bits.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 04:12 PM

I have thought seriously about trying to develop a less expensive and more useful machine. I would not buy this one. Too limited and really does not give a finished look.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 05:13 PM

I’ve got one(craftsman version), and so far it’s preformed for a year without an issue. I read alot of horror stories and was reluctant to get it myself. They did offer an optional 5 year warranty to go with it, that helps ease the mind a little bit on such a big purchase. I’ve just done a few projects on it, with good results. The machine has a lot of uses, if you use it right. They advertise that it can route edges, rip boards, ect. I wouldn’t even think of using it for those applications. It’s too loud and slow for anything other than carving. So don’t think of it as a “do all” machine. Another thing to consider is that the pattern library isn’t that great. However, you can import images and make them into patterns. If you use photoshop to edit them first, you can get them to turn out decent when carved. You can actually download the machine’s software from carvewright and play around with it on your PC to see if you like it before you buy the machine. I recommend doing that first, it’ll gave you a good feel for what exactly the machine can do.

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Mike Pientka

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 09:23 PM

I bought a Shark Pro a year ago and summarized my experiences in this article I published on my website:

-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO,

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