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RJones

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08-23-2012 02:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shopbot shop bot cnc

PRS Alpha 48×96x6 Shopbot $14,900
2.2 HSD Spindle
Vacuum table 4 zone with brand new spare vacuum
Bits Included
V carve engraving bit, (3) ½” finishers, ½” rougher, 1 1/4” Spoilboard cutter, 45 degree chamfer

ER 25 Collets
• (1) 1/4”
• (1) 1/8”
• (2) 1/2”
• (1) 3/8”
• (1) 5/32”
• (1) 3/16”
• (1) 11/32”
• (1) 10MM

Laptop to run controller
Partworks Cut 2d and Cut 3d
Just replaced the gears on the motors
Kent CNC Dust shoe with both short and long brush options
Dovetail jig
Original manuals and software
4 Hours training included

Machine and vacuums run on single phase 220 power. If you’re looking for an entry level CNC machine this is it!!

Machine is located in Phoenix, AZ

Email if interested
ron(at)rjoneswoodworks.com

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/


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#1 posted 08-23-2012 02:37 AM

Why are you selling this CNC? I am looking to get a CNC in the future. I am still very green when it comes to the world of CNC. We build custom kitchens, and while I know a computer driven arm can cut faster than my arm, I often wonder how it would benefit me.

How much are you wanting for the CNC? I probably cannot afford your CNC right now anyway but I would like to fish for more information. I hope you find a good buyer.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 03:02 AM

Jerry,
I have been fortunate enough to build my business around this machine and recently I have just out grown this machine and moved up to something a little more robust. This machine will do almost what the more expensive machines will do just not as fast or in some cases as accurate I am talking about a couple thousandths here… My new one is slated to be shipped on the 9-24-12 so… Looking back on my experience I don’t know that a cnc is for every shop due to the investment of time and capital. However, if you could make it work you would probably never look back!!

RJ

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 04:52 AM

Is the spindle air cooled or water cooled?

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 12:24 PM

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#5 posted 08-25-2012 03:48 PM

Thanks RJ for the information. Do you build custom cabinets or do something else? I hope you are able to sell it and get a good price for it. I plan to buy a CNC some day down the road and your CNC looks in very nice condition. Timing is everything in life and I am not sure it is our time yet. Thanks, Jerry

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 05:01 PM

Jerry,
For the most part I cut custom designs from wood, plastics and metals for other local shops. It ranges from picture frames to router templates to chair frames that get upholstered to plastics for electronic components. Anything with a curve is typically more efficient to cut with a CNC especially when I typically cut 100+ pieces at a time on a typical order.

I don’t really have the room to build custom cabinets however I do commission smaller projects from time to time.

Currently, I have a gentleman in South Carolina who is interested but wants to do a little more research before he pulls the trigger so there’s a good chance it will be gone in the next week and a half:)

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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#7 posted 08-26-2012 12:47 PM

I also own a bot just wondering what machine your upgrading to. also got any pics of the dovetail jig. mines a end mount version just seeing if you had a better design . Thanks

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#8 posted 08-26-2012 07:29 PM

I upgraded to an Onsrud Mate:) if I get a chance I will snap some pics but it sounds like you have the same set up as I do.

Ron

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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#9 posted 08-26-2012 07:43 PM

I have no idea what I’d do with it, but if I had the shop space, I’d buy it. Just to look at it, if nothing else:)
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I’m sure you won’t have it long. Best of luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 09:31 PM

Did you ever sell the bot?

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#11 posted 12-22-2013 02:41 AM

yes it’s been sold sorry

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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#12 posted 12-30-2013 04:12 AM

I wish I had seen this back when you posted it but I didn’t join Lumberjocks until a few weeks later. I bought a Legacy about that time and I liked the Shopbot, but I wanted to see one in person before I bought it. I went with the Legacy simply because I could drive to Salt Lake City to see it and pick it up. A drive to Phoenix wouldn’t have been that bad at all. And this is a bigger machine than what I ended up buying.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#13 posted 12-31-2013 02:05 PM

How do you like the Legacy?

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#14 posted 12-31-2013 04:37 PM

I love the Legacy. Haven’t had any problems with it all and it works fine. But as is the case with most things, bigger is usually better. The one I got has an 18” by 58” cutting area. That 18” has just turned out to be too narrow. 24” would have been hugely better for what I do with it, but something that could cut up a 4’ by 8’ sheet would be ideal. A Legacy big enough for a 4’ x 8’ sheet was a lot more money than the Shop Bot with the same capability.

Now the good thing is Legacy has told me that if I want a bigger model they will give me 90% of what I paid for my Arty as a trade in value for the bigger model. They actually guarantee they will give you that within one year, but I recently talked to one of the guys from Legacy and he said as long as my machine was in good shape they would give 90% value for several years. So if I decide I really want the bigger machine, I can upgrade, but with the work I’m doing I don’t know that it’s worth it. There’s still a lot of things I can do with the 18” wide work surface. And there are work arounds too. For example I made some 24” diameter lazy Susan’s on it by doing my glue ups and then just cutting two half circles and then gluing the halves together after it was done. So I got a perfect 24” circle cut with only a 18” wide table.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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