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11-13-2015 02:58 PM

I’m looking at various option. This one is interesting for many aspect, however I’m not finding many ww using it. Anybody around with a up and running machine like that ?
Thanks,

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 06:29 AM

Before you jump in, go to the CNCZone and see if anyone there has any opinions on that machine as I have not seen one before!

It appears to have small working envelope and somewhat underpowered by the description provided by the manufacturer.

Have you considered the Shark CNC, from Rockler or Next Wave Automation, a little more but a know track record.

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 01:42 PM

I’m getting ready to purchase, but have like you been doing the research. I’ve downloaded several trial versions of software and looked at building, the one you are looking at, and many others. I’m now going to say, I’m saving and will be buying a supported unit, with real people who stand behind it. If I’m going to spend real money, I want that. I’m with old novice. Go to cnczone and the other various cnc forums and research. Spindle is a common topic on the chinese units. May not matter to you but look long and hard at it.

What ever you do get post a revieew, as it will help all of us. I’m currently waiting for a camaster (used) to come up.

Cheers.

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 05:22 PM

Thanks for the input.
I looked at that unit briefly. Grossly over price by a factor of at least 2 which is typical of Rockler, with spec exactly the same or inferior as the Chinese version Not very appealing to me.
I checked CNC Zone, but like all those forum most of the poster have a opinion but no experience with the product.


Before you jump in, go to the CNCZone and see if anyone there has any opinions on that machine as I have not seen one before!

It appears to have small working envelope and somewhat underpowered by the description provided by the manufacturer.

Have you considered the Shark CNC, from Rockler or Next Wave Automation, a little more but a know track record.

- oldnovice

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 05:29 PM

Good point their and i agree : if finance allow that the way to go. Bottom line is you get what you pay for, that for sure. Unfortunately, equivalent will go for over $4K, a little steep for me.
For me the all CAD-CAM aspect is not a problem, more focus on the interface with between G-Code sender /machine which is not testable without the physical unit. Also i do not need a large machine (no interest in making large furniture).
I’ll definitely keep the community posted of any evolution.
Cheers !


I m getting ready to purchase, but have like you been doing the research. I ve downloaded several trial versions of software and looked at building, the one you are looking at, and many others. I m now going to say, I m saving and will be buying a supported unit, with real people who stand behind it. If I m going to spend real money, I want that. I m with old novice. Go to cnczone and the other various cnc forums and research. Spindle is a common topic on the chinese units. May not matter to you but look long and hard at it.

What ever you do get post a revieew, as it will help all of us. I m currently waiting for a camaster (used) to come up.

Cheers.

- bonesbr549

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 05:45 PM

Another of my two cents worth, buy a U.S. made CNC!

Camaster, Shopbot, Legacy, and many other U.S. models have very good customer support AND reputation for well built tools.

As I stated above, go to the CNCZone and “look around” see what these people are using and/or complaining about. It costs nothing to join and ask your own question. Only you know what you are planning to do with your CNC so look at the pros and hobbyist from that perspective. Also note that some CNCs, Shopbot for one, has a section of CNCZone dedicated to only those machines.

Lastly, remember that no matter what you buy that you will probably need to add extra AC power (for spindles), and dust collection.

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#6 posted 11-15-2015 07:40 PM

Thanks for the advise.
However that is not my question, which was is “anybody from that forum using those machine”.
As a side note, most of the component (including 100% of the electronic) in those C.N.C (like 98% of all machine purchase here) are made oversea which is nothing wrong, just a massive mark-up on everything.
That said, at $5K minimum the least you can expect is a good product and a phone number to call, right?

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#7 posted 11-15-2015 08:44 PM


As a side note, most of the component (including 100% of the electronic) in those C.N.C (like 98% of all machine purchase here) are made oversea which is nothing wrong, just a massive mark-up on everything.

- Mambrax

I don’t understand what you mean with the statement above?
Yes, many of the electronic components are from overseas sources but that is not because they are cheaper it is because that many of those have been outsourced to lower cost manufacturing sites, many of which are still U.S. companies! The lack of stringent environmental restriction and lower labor cost have driven many U.S. companies to build factories overseas. That is just the way electronics are today.

I worked in the semiconductor world for 30+ years of my high tech career and this market is very cost sensitive.
Why are there no U.S. television manufacturers?
Overseas manufacturing is cheaper!
Why do many U.S. automobiles consist of components from all over the world?
Because outsourced components, like air bags for one, come from highly specialized manufacturers and therfore are cheaper and in many cases more reliable.

I do not agree with the “massive markup” because in a competive market you get what you pay for!

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#8 posted 11-15-2015 08:49 PM



Thanks for the advise.
However that is not my question, which was is “anybody from that forum using those machine”.
As a side note, most of the component (including 100% of the electronic) in those C.N.C (like 98% of all machine purchase here) are made oversea which is nothing wrong, just a massive mark-up on everything.
That said, at $5K minimum the least you can expect is a good product and a phone number to call, right?

- Mambrax

Don’t take it personal, but if you depend on the machine to make money having someone to stand behind it does make sense, and the quality of the ones mentioned above are indeed worth it. But hey they do cost a good bit more so I def get where you are coming from

However, depending on use and risk one’s willing to accept there are good options. I even looked at getting plans buying the components and geco controllers and doing it myself. I mean down to getting a build list. Thats a good opiton as well. Anyway looks like you have your plans set so again, post some pics and a review of what you get. We’d all like to see it. (and any thing you build with it) cheers!

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#9 posted 11-15-2015 09:19 PM

I’m sorry if my question was unclear : i do not need your advise on what buying and what option or to search on Google for answer. I’m asking if somebody use that particular equipment successfully and to please to share under what condition, on what kind of project, material..etc.
If you don’t use it, do not answer.
Thanks,

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#10 posted 11-16-2015 02:51 AM

I guess you got your answer, nobody on this site is using that and I think your attitude is not conducive to a forum based on an interchange of ideas and information!

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#11 posted 11-16-2015 04:00 AM

You’re hopeless…
Wasting time here.

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#12 posted 11-16-2015 02:53 PM

Well bless your


I m sorry if my question was unclear : i do not need your advise on what buying and what option or to search on Google for answer. I m asking if somebody use that particular equipment successfully and to please to share under what condition, on what kind of project, material..etc.
If you don t use it, do not answer.
Thanks,

- Mambrax

Well bless your heart! (mean it)

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#13 posted 11-19-2015 02:01 AM

There are a lot of different manufacturers of the “6040” machines, and their quality can vary greatly.
The general consensus is that in most cases, the electronics are junk and should be replaced with quality components.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#14 posted 11-19-2015 04:57 AM

Ger21, thank for adding some clarity to the original posts question.
We all tried without resolution!
I guess he has ”left the building” as he was not getting the answer he wanted!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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