New CNC router ReviewsReviews by Manufacturer
Review By : Nicholas
Rating: 1 of 5Product: Carvewright (aka Compucarve)
The Carvewright machine is good when it works, but never excellent. More of a toy than anything, but a toy (that favors malfunctioning) that costs $2000. Added costs are: router bits; parts you'll have to replace when they break in the first few months you use it; lubrications because it doesn't come properly lubricated and you must keep careful watch or it will overheat and burn through the router cable; an exacto knife to modify plastic parts (of which there are many) that aren't engineered correctly and aid in the machine's malfunction; in addition to the $700 you'll spend building a machine that is more reliable and sturdy than the Carvevwright. I suggest watching this machine in the next five years. I have a feeling it will be great once they start manufacturing it to be stable and work out the exceedingly numerous mechanical kinks and software bugs.
Review By : Tj
Rating: 5 of 5Product: 24"x36" CNC Router
After much research, we have found a very affordable and extremely well built tabletop CNC router by a company called PCNC Automation in Texas. It is like a mini version of the larger CNC's with dual steppers. We especially were sold by the fact that it can be run by almost any software so we weren't stuck spending hundreds of $ on proprietary software. Wish we would have gone for the 4'x8' though - it's only $10,000.
Review By: Mike
Rating: 4 of 5Product: CNC Shark Pro
MODELS INVESTIGATED. As with most purchasing decisions, you get what you pay for. The light production-grade ShopBot is king in terms of capacity, versatility, quality, support, and User Forums. Those serious abilities come at a serious price, and it was tough moving on to the budget-grade manufacturers. I liked the DigiRout model 223 because the rail guides instead of rods and held a standard-size router, but they have yet to return my 2 phone calls or 2 emails for some technical questions.
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