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Jordan Curcio

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 08:12 PM

That is some great advice! I guess I didn’t mean industrial as in a $250k machine, but I didn’t want home hobbyists telling me to buy a something little like a rockler shark, or a shop bot. What I want is a 4×8 gantry machine with a 10 horse vacuum table. Basically, The laguna Smart Shop II would be the perfect machine for our needs however, I do worry about repairs and customer service. I was also wondering what people thought of spindle vs. router motors. We wanted a spindle because of the reliability and especially noise. I do not want to listen to a Porter Cable 3.5 horse router screaming in my ear for 3 straight hours during a run. On the contrary, I am worried about having a spindle break down, and have to try to come up with 2 grand to replace the spindle. The grant we received won’t be there 2 years down the road for repairs if necessary. We have a local company that builds their own machines called Forrest Scientific. I know they offer great service, but don’t know about the quality of their machines. All the schools around us have Techno Isel routers, but they are big bucks for what you actually get and don’t seem to be very impressive.

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