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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 04-09-2015 08:36 PM 759 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2015 08:36 PM

Is it possible to get a decent laser engraver for under $300? I just want to put names on tie clips of my logo on small items, so it doesn’t have to be super fancy or huge. I’ve seen a few even down at even $100 but there isn’t a brand or review or anything, so I don’t know about wasting money on those.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 11:31 PM

I bought an old Herms engraver (look them up) with a herd of patterns for twenty at a garage sale. Far from a laser, but also a few thousand less than the cheapest.

Were you inclined and versed in electro-mechanical work, you could build one for around that, but, even used, I doubt you’re going to accomplish more than paying the sales tax for three hundred.

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#2 posted 04-11-2015 05:27 AM

Check out the link below.

SawmillCreek - Engraver's Forum

The people over there deal with these machines more than Lumberjocks do. Also, I think someone over there runs a business of purchasing Chinese engravers, imports them then provides the service and tech support himself. Maybe you can locate a used one from somebody.

That’s the least risky way to get a cheap, Chinese laser. If you go any other route and it malfunctions you’ll have to eat the cost or fix it yourself.

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#3 posted 04-11-2015 08:14 AM

Ok, so I’m going to be out some major money if I want to do this right. Given that thought, do you think for simply engraving names, initials, or my logo that there is a better way to go about it?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#4 posted 04-11-2015 01:54 PM

You can learn to chip carve initials and names pretty quickly. BTW, I do have an engraver as well. However, another way to go about it is wood burning. Both wood burning and chip carving take only a small investment and are also a lot of fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 02:57 AM

You might consider taking them to a nearby trophy shop for engraving. lots cheaper than buying an engraver until you can afford one. Also gives time to shop around for machines and software packages.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 04-12-2015 03:21 AM

Check for a shop that has good software. The ones that don’t struggle to handle smaller, one-off projects. I’ve dealt with one place that couldn’t accept .dxf files or PDF which are both perfectly fine for my Universal laser.

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