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03-28-2017 04:50 PM

What would you do.
Sell off the old saw and pull the trigger and purchase a 12” sliding table saw (6000-14000 bucks) or buy a good quality panel saw(2500-3500).
Or; but a 8’,6”x52” CNC machine(22,000)need to finance this one.

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 05:27 PM

CNC machines are great if you are making a lot of plaques, but I think it takes the fun out of this hobby. Unless you are a full time woodworker who makes his living off of it, I would recommend a solid table saw.

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 06:04 PM

Depends on what you make and how fast
you need to make it.

Space may be a consideration as well.

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#3 posted 03-28-2017 06:14 PM

The answer is it depends. You are kind of all over the place with your question. For me, I’d never want a panel saw because I don’t cut down a lot of plywood and it takes a lot of space. You need to give us some additional info to best answer this question.

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 06:14 PM

I do a lot of custom cabinetry for dental and medical offices. Do a lot of odd cuts of plywood and particle board.
Smaller CNC would be better I think. Programming it requires a bit of a learning curve but it’s pretty straightforward.

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 06:16 PM


My approach to buying these days is. 1. Do I need it? 2. Do I have a place for it? 3. Will I use it? 4. When will I use it?

Saw your projects page and if I had a customer base to justify the purchase it would help.

I’d also ask myself what will this do for me?

Tools are an extension of what we do and when we do it. Also why? LOL!

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 06:41 PM

While a CNC can make a huge difference to the production of a small shop, keep in mind that the machinery and its hookups, (electric, air, vacuum) are only half of the equation. The Software needed to efficiently and accurately generate the code for the machine can also be very expensive. Upwards of $10k to $25k depending on the package you get.

The GIGO principle applies to CNC machines like no other. Good In Good Out / Garbage In Garbage out.

Your CNC machine will be only as good as the programs you feed it with.

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 11:57 PM

+1 on what DS said however, on the other hand a CNC opens another avenue of creativity.
  • First, with the proper software/experience a CNC opens a lot more project possibilities, just Google CNC projects to get an idea of the variety of projects beyond the mundane!
  • Secondly, if you plan to sell some/many of one project, the repeatability just can’t be beat in a home/small shop.

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