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Mark Smith

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#1 posted 06-26-2013 05:46 PM

Thanks guys, all things to consider. And although I do know that there are used machines out there many are very expensive and many are very very well used. I’ve looked at them. I’ve run into far more people that have told me they wish they could afford one than I have people who have them. I know many smaller cabinet shops that don’t have them.

At first I was actually thinking of making 8’ x 4’ models specifically to target the small woodworker like me, but I’m wondering if there wouldn’t be more of a market for the smaller machines and the hobbyist type woodworker. My Legacy can only handle 18” by 58” so it’s on the smaller side, but after I bought the machine and all the required software and accessories I’m into this machine for about $20k. My machine is heavy duty, but it’s really on the boarder line between a hobby machine and a commercial use machine. Who could afford to pay $20k for a hobby machine? Not too many of us. If I could make similar size machines and sell them for half that price, there may be a market in the hobbyist business.

I’m just thinking out loud about doing this anyway. I do think I’ll visit the factory that makes the kit and just take a look around, but I think in the end I’ll decide that the effort won’t be worth the money that can be made.

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