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Guys , I suspect some of you are familiar with both these companies. The price for the 4'x4' seems better at FLA compaired to CNCrouterparts , and the gantry system looks sturdier to me from FLA . I have been reading about complaints regarding customer service at FLA , mostly regerding not being able to contact easily .
I was debating to start by collecting parts for the future , mostly the hardware for now .
Also looked at JoesCNC.com , and it's also an option .

$4,100 for this from CNCrouterparts
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As opposed to $2,175 from FLA
https://www.finelineautomation.com/p...ter?taxon_id=2

Check out the bearing system for the gantry at 46:40 . Looks sturdier than the one from CNC


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Get hold of beltramidave. He's got most, if not all, of your answers. He just ordered a new frame after doing tons of research on various companies.
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Rick, our CNC frame came from FLA though ours is the Saturn Pro model. I just offer that fwiw that going with FLA worked out just fine for us.

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Rick,

As stated by HJ, I just ordered a FLA Saturn 4x4, but have not received it yet as Nate is working on some modifications based on some issues with earlier machines. I am ok with waiting a little longer for this reason and so far have had satisfactory dialog with Nate.

First of all, I don't think you can accurately compare the CNCRouter Parts Pro line with the standard FLA machines. In my opinion, the CNCRouter Parts Pro machine is by far superior and if not for the difference in price and that the FLA Saturn machine comes fully assembled (with free shipping), I probably would have went with the CNCRouter Parts Pro4848.

As HJ has said, I have done a lot of research on this. The first thing you must realize, that these are kits and will still require quite a bit of work to get going as you still need electronics and machine software. If you are not comfortable with this, then I would recommend looking at the Probotix machines. I have lots of experience with these (Probotix) machines and they offer the most bang for your buck and they come to you ready to run, including plug and play electronics and computer with machine software already loaded and configured. There are several people on this forum, including HJ who can verify this.

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Thanks for the replies all . Dave I'm very comfortable building one , and don't want a complete machine . I really like Nates video ,as I prefer that to instructions.
CNCrouterparts is going to be less shipping wise I suspect , as FLA is a lot further east .
I thought where the gantry rolls on the sides of the rails looked much heavy dutier than the pro model from CNCrouterparts ?
But I have seen a post where the guys bearing were digging into the side steel plate .
I'll have to try and find Scott Arts pics of his build again to compare the gantries .

I realize the kit is just the beginning, but I thought I'd do this in steps . Build a stand , build the hardware , then as money permits , add the electronics and air cooled spindle.

I know if I don't get the ball rolling and do this in steps , that I will never own one
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If you look at the FLA Saturn series machines, there current pricing reflects free shipping. If you are comfortable with a kit, and are thinking FLA, then I would have a hard look at the Saturn series machines instead.

https://www.finelineautomation.com/t...s-cnc-machines

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If you look at the FLA Saturn series machines, there current pricing reflects free shipping. If you are comfortable with a kit, and are thinking FLA, then I would have a hard look at the Saturn series machines instead.

https://www.finelineautomation.com/t...s-cnc-machines

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Was just looking at the Saturn in a 4/4 size . Pretty impressive imo .
I'd have to see what the cost of shipping is from Spokane Washington to my place

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If you look at the FLA Saturn series machines, there current pricing reflects free shipping. If you are comfortable with a kit, and are thinking FLA, then I would have a hard look at the Saturn series machines instead.

https://www.finelineautomation.com/t...s-cnc-machines

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Well Dave that's a good point , as there's a FedEx place in Kalispell. That's not far from me ,like 226km .
I should find out the weight and size and ask FedEx for a quote to get it from there to our office . Wish I renewed my dang passport
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I believe they are around 700lbs. I can let you know when I get mine. Have you seen this build thread? New Machine Build Saturn 4 X 4 build

Better get that passport applied for. That would be a beautiful drive!

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I believe they are around 700lbs. I can let you know when I get mine. Have you seen this build thread? New Machine Build Saturn 4 X 4 build

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Thanks for the link
I'll check with our local FedEx and get a price .

Guys complaining about 100 ipm not working well on corners . Not sure what material he's cutting though , I think it may be MDF . Gotta read threw that thread tonight

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