Good CNC machine on a Budget (under $500)

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Forum topic by derhul posted 12-13-2018 03:41 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2018 03:41 PM

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I’m wanting to get a decent hobby level CNC machine. As far as a size, something on the smaller side.

I make small wood boxes (gift, keepsake, jewelry )
1) Engrave my logo or custom messages on my boxes
2) will cut out the sides of boxes (that would otherwise be difficult by hand)
3) Cut out the center of boxes made from solid 2 to 3 inch thick hardwood blocks.

I’m want a machine that will:

I know, I know…I’m asking for the impossible at around $500.00 but I’m hoping you guys might have some feedback

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 03:56 PM

I don’t have a CNC but I have done a little poking around. The cheapest I’ve seen is a Millright CNC starting right at about the $500 mark. It seems to get pretty good reviews. Looks like a cheap way to get either addicted or turned off without spending too much.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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