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Forum topic by Don K. posted 05-07-2009 06:33 PM 3909 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don K.

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05-07-2009 06:33 PM

Was just wondering if anyone here has used a CompuCarve CarveWright System or has one ? I am not really in the market for one, but I just came across one on craigslist in my town. She says it has only been used twice and is asking $1400 (new is $1900).
Any thoughts, good/bad etc ?

-- Don S.E. OK


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#1 posted 05-07-2009 06:53 PM

Hey Don
They have used one at the High School wood shop were I volunteer . It can do some pretty nice work but on most modes it’s kinda rough. The other thing is they have sent it out for repair at least 10 times and it hardly gets any use. I think the widest wood that can fit is 11 1/2 ” so it’s not going to work on doors or most panels . If your job is big enough to pay for it and it will do what you want it might be worth the money
but I don’t think I would be a buyer for one. There’s some what of a learning curve on how to input the design you want. If I had a job that needed more carving than I feel comfortable with I think I’d see who has a real CNC set up to do full panels even it cost $200-$ 400 to sub it out, you will still have $1,000 in your pocket for something you might use more. I’m sure there are people out there that love theirs.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 06:53 PM

I have not heard anything good about that if that tells you something.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 07:20 PM

I have one—takes a lot of time to get a project produced. If you are not good at taking things apart and searching for problems—I don’t recommend it. Also, I sent mine for repair and it cost an arm and a leg—when it came back it didn’t work. Yes they did fix it but the repairs were upgrades that required me to reload software and then call them on the phone and go through some resetting of things on the machine. note: they did not tell me any of that so until I ask the question I was stuck. It took me about 2 days of fussing to get the thing to work again, after I spent over $500 for repairs. Also, every-time I start a project with the thing I have to relearn how to get it to work. It is not plug and play. I bought the bit set and most of the attachments, wish I had saved my money. It is good when it works. COL d

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Don K.

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 07:25 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. As I said, I was not really in the market, but I just came across this on craigslist and it got me to wondering if it was a good deal or not. SOunds like I need to give it a WIDE berth.
Thanks again.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 12:28 AM

I spent my whole career taking things apart and fixing them. It kept me working when everyone else was waiting to put in lights and plugs ;-)) I sure don’t need anymore practice! Thanks for the heads up. I have been thinking I might watch for a good deal on a used one. I did grab a Craig’s List Craftsman Lathe with 5 minutres on it for less than 1/2 the other day. Now I’ve got to make room to set it up :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Don K.

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 06:03 AM

Sounds like you got a GREAT deal on the lathe…make sure you post some pics of your work on it, nothing like a new toy in the shop !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 06:15 AM

It will be a while, I need to get rid of a bunch of unused material, get organized and get it set up. I figured I couldn’t go too far wrong at the price even if i never got around to using it :-)) That isn’t the intention, though!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-15-2009 10:24 PM

With my age these days I find myself relying on the CarveWright more and more. While it isn’t perfect, I have few complaints. I made a bunch of careless mistakes early on but these days CarveWright has a DVD you can watch to show you how to care for it, if I had gotten that DVD initially I would have been much better off. I’ve replaced a couple belts, but now they sell upgraded belts for so called ‘Carveaholics’ that haven’t rolled up on me yet!

I’ve had mine about a year feel free to ask me questions!

-- Carving

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