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03-03-2015 02:18 AM

I am new to woodworking and have discovered the cnc world, and I have became infatuated with these machines.
I have been reasearching and reading all I can to learn as much as possible as quick as possible.
I am asking for your opinion’s, industrial cnc shortcut 203 or the camaster stinger 1, or anything comprable.
thanks in advance
Barry


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#1 posted 03-03-2015 03:05 AM

Camaster. Not that I have one, yet, but their online forum and technical support are great.

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 01:32 PM

Just based on the control software. wincnc is alot easier to configure than mach. I had mach on my shopbot and it was a pia at times. My Camaster has wincnc and I love it I didnt fill out the forms on the shortcut what are the ballpark prices?

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 02:36 PM

the shortcut 203 is around 7500.00 ready to plug in and start cutting, thats what i was told by the salesperson.
the camaster is about 8000.00 ready to plug up and start cutting.
both look like really well built machines.

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 10:52 PM

Up until today Ive never heard of a shortcut What design software are they using ? I see they recommend vertric products does that meen that its not included in the $7500 ? Do they have a online forum?
I see your from Georgia you probably could drive to Camaster and not have to pay for shipping. Anyone in your area have a shortcut to see? According to the Camaster map there are around 33 owners in Georgia alone. For the $500 difference Id say the choice is easy.

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 11:05 PM

They say they have online and phone tech support. I year warranty on the machine top to bottom and a 5 year warranty on the spindle. The machine looks very well built and very sturdy. It also comes with more features than the stinger. It has Mach 3 and uses Vectric, I have ask Camaster for a list of people to try and see the machine in action but they have not responded as of yet. And true I’m only about 30 miles from them which is a huge plus if the machine is worth it and service after the sale is adequate
Dannelson,Hope this answers the questions you were asking me.

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 11:09 PM

I have also heard that Camaster has been sued a few times and changed names several times as well which raises red flags. It’s just a lot of money for me with no profit justification at this time. So I’m going out on a limb so I want to be sure with my purchase

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 12:04 AM

you asked i answered, only you can decide. These were questions for you to ask yourself. I have done my research on the shortcut today before responding to your post Im Happy with my machine hope you will be with yours

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#8 posted 03-05-2015 03:18 AM

Barry good to see you lurking on the camheads forum. Shoot me a pm sometime Dan

-- nelson woodcrafters

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#9 posted 03-05-2015 01:14 PM

I’m on a few sites trying to learn much as possible and figure out what machine to buy

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#10 posted 08-25-2015 11:16 AM

Any of you with the CAMaster Stringer 1 finding the bed size limiting? Looking to buy one from my business… I make some furniture and do some “smaller” projects as well….

-- Probotix Asteroid

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#11 posted 09-08-2015 08:15 PM

I am not a pro and I have a Shopbot Buddy with a 2.2 HP spindle. The work area is 48” x 24” which can be extended to 48” x 96” if I ever want to do that. Shopbot states that this extension is not intended for production use but can be used when the extra long table is needed.

I am very happy with mine!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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