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#1 posted 10-20-2012 12:35 AM

I just purchased a Shopbot Buddy BT48 with. 2.2 HP spindle because it allows me to handle 8’ material if I ever want to purchase the power bars. I am waiting for delivery within the next 3~4 weeks.

When I first saw the Sweet Pea pen plotter in 1985 I envisioned the pens being replaced with a knife and/or router and instead of just printing I could actually build something so I started saving for a CNC. It has been long enough and if I didn’t do it now I probably never would!

I did a lot of research, I can’t even remember the number of companies I reviewed, and my second choice was the Legacy as it has a lot of capability, has a decent price, and I could drive to the factory if I was so inclined. The reason I decided to go with the Shopbot is basically the capability to expand the working area for those times I may need/want and the normal work area was larger than the Legacy. The support from either of these two companies is outstanding. There are a lot of “offshore” brands not only from Asia but also from Europe but the Legacy and the Shopbot are made in the U.S.A. (some components may be foreign) but the build is in this country!

At first I was going to build my own CNC but after 40 of working in electronics and control systems I did not really want to do that as a hobby as I really wanted was to use a CNC in woodworking My son is a certified CNC machinist and he agreed that buy rather than build was a better choice even though he originally offered o help machine any parts that may be required for a home brew version.

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