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Forum topic by Todd46 posted 1675 days ago 1742 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Todd46

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1675 days ago

Does anyone one own a carvewright system or have heard any thing about them ?
I’m thinking of buying one?

toddmoore@conconcorp.com

-- toddmoore@conconcorp.com


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Minotbob

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#1 posted 1675 days ago

I’ve been watching them for a couple years. In the beginning they had so many problems that Sears would not sell warranties for them. They seem to have gotten better. They have a forum, http://forum.carvewright.com//index.php That you can get lots of good info from users who are happy and not happy with them.

-- Minotbob

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Todd46

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#2 posted 1675 days ago

do you have one?

-- toddmoore@conconcorp.com

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Hess

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#3 posted 1654 days ago

Got 3 well 2 are Compucarves that are the same thing just sold by Sears. The unit have a big learning curve but once you get past that and understand when something breaks you will be the one to fix it most the time they are cool
If you get it from sears you can get a 5 year Warrenty .. Get it there is a repair center north of Dallas that works on them

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1654 days ago

At the High school I volunteer at they have one and it has been in for repair at least a dozen times.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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edp

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#5 posted 1654 days ago

Have one also and love it. Programming curve is about 10 minutes and the machine is pretty straight forward.

Ed

-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry. www.crookedlittletree.com

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Todd46

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#6 posted 1652 days ago

Ed
I have been getting mixed reviews on this ,going to the woodworking show this fri. in Collinsville IL (St Louis MO metro) going to look at it closer, got my intrest last yr at the show

Todd

-- toddmoore@conconcorp.com

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Hess

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#7 posted 1652 days ago

Todd
If you decide to buy, do yourself a favor and buy from sears, pay the 280 for a 5 year warranty other wise after 1 year you will be suckin dust. these do break and off ton. most times it is just small low $ things but they are are PC in a wood shop the 2 down mix well.
There is only one service center for sears, it is here in TX I think Galand or Grapevine but most times Sears dont know and just sends them out and it takes forever.
If the unit can not be fixed they give you a new one

The weak point with the unit is the chuck, many are sent out not ballanced and the unit wil vibe it to death parts will fail. If you are one of a lucky few and get a good chuck you will run fine
Ther is a replacement chuck that is sold by a Ron Justice that is great cuts down the vibe to zip and machince work fine. look up CarveWright they have a foruem just on the units. The maker LHR has a site wich will lead you to lots of info that will help along the way . look at Tips
The units are great when you get them set up and working well but it will take a bit on you part so just be aware. Do not buy a refurb unit unless you know how they work and you can work on them cause you will.
Hess

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Thomas K.

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#8 posted 1251 days ago

I have owned 2 of them. Gave 1 to a friend to a friend in Texas. They have made some pretty good advancements since they first started.

The first CarveWright Conference will be held in Houston TX on May 12 & 13th with workshops for both the beginner and advanced users. Guest speakers will also conduct some of the advanced classes and customer projects will be showcased. We hope to see many of you there. More details are available at www.carvewright.com.

This will be their first conference for those that might be in the area and seriously wanting to have one.

-- Professional Toothpick maker

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lynnfrwd

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#9 posted 727 days ago

Just to clarify a previous post: “At the High school I volunteer at they have one and it has been in for repair at least a dozen times.” A quick look at your website and city pointed me to the high school.

Our records indicate it was in for repair only once back in 2007. The side of the machine had a big crack down it as if it had been dropped. Records indicate that the box and packaging did not appear damaged at all. Later notation indicates board sensor error, which is most likely dust blocking the electronic sensor (about a $20 part or it can be cleaned and cost you nothing, but a little elbow grease). Doesn’t look like they’ve use it since then.

Unless a machine has severe base damage to it, there is really no reason that it can’t still be put back into operation. Sometimes, it only takes a good cleaning, lubricating and a couple of new parts.

-- Connie Ratisseau - Sales & Marketing for the CarveWright System & STL Slicer

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darinS

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#10 posted 727 days ago

There’s a guy named Lawrence on other forums that has a carvewright and has done a TON of stuff with it. He really likes it and has been using it a few years. I know he’s on http://www.woodworking.org as “Lawrence”.

On Sawmill Creek I think “Lawrence Richards” might be the same guy.

-- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

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rrww

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#11 posted 727 days ago

I have one and its a version A (the first ones they made) I have over 900 HRS on that machine (445 HRS this year) I have had to make a couple repairs, nothing major (Sensor, Brushes, Ect.) I have the upgraded rock chuck on that machine.

My buddy has about 200 HRS on a “C” model (Newest version) He has had no problems with that machine. A lot has changed since mine first came out. I would not hesitate to buy a C model.

I think it is worth having, I make a TON of patterns for my woodworking business, for me I couldn’t go without it. Most of my work is cutting out patterns and parts, think 2D stuff. I do some signs and such when I have time.

As with any machine there is a learning curve with the software, but it is very powerful software. I’m just getting ready to purchase the new add-on software – you’ll have to check it out. Making simple patterns and signs is very easy – but you will have to know advanced settings to make complex patterns and parts that need to be exact in size.

I got this machine with zero understanding of how these machines work, you can go on the forum and there is a handful of people that can cure any problem you having, many of my problems were do to operator error. Either with the software or settings on the machine.

The best things I ever did-
1. Upgrade to the rock chuck (the new “C” models come with an upgraded chuck.)
2. Dust collection is a must – you can find that on the forum over there too. I have not had a single sensor or bearing failure since adding a dust collector.
3. Take the time to learn the designer software.
4. Routinely check the sensors, bearings, ect.

I would be careful about buying a used machine – if possible make sure it works & carves. The computer boards and power supplies get expensive. Brushes for the motor are cheap. And with used stuff everything is in the sellers name so be aware you cannot transfer any software to a different person.

If you have the ability to turn a wrench and have a basic understanding of how things work you shouldn’t have to send it in. I have done all repairs myself. (I never had a service plan)

I’m not related to the company in anyway. I have swore at this machine before, a couple of times, but 9 out of 10 times its my fault for doing something wrong. Overall its invaluable part of the work I do. I’m actually looking at adding a 48” X 96” CNC for sheet goods.

If you would like to know anything more feel free to pm me.

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ChuckC

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#12 posted 727 days ago

If you are up for it you can also build one. Check out cnczone.com too.

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