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Hi Everyone!

It seems like most people on these forums have professional CNC machines, but was hoping that there are some with experience or knowledge of 2 hobby CNC kits (cnc4newbies or openbuild) that I'm trying to decide between for my first machine.

I'm recently retired and plan to put more time into woodworking, which I've been doing as a hobby for several decades. I've been looking into getting a CNC setup for a couple of years, and now that I have more time to devote to it I plan to make a purchase very soon. My initial plan for a CNC is for home projects and gifts, initially starting out with some signs, inlays and other similar types of projects. I'll be starting out with wood, but may venture into using other materials, but for the most part I'll be working with wood.

This will start off as a hobby and to gain experience using a CNC, and depending on how that goes, I may start looking to earn some supplemental income as a (very) small business, solely to help fund my woodworking hobby If I do end up going that route, then I will likely upgrade to a more serious machine, but for now I'm really just looking for an entry level machine.

Price range has increased a little over time, but I've settled in the $2K (US) range. I'm looking for a packaged kit, as opposed to a DIY setup, and have researched a lot of the entry level and hobby kits and have narrowed it down to the following 2 machines
  • CNC4newbie New-Carve CNC (1000 dimension)
  • Openbuilds Lead CNC 1010 (40"x40")

Does anyone know any significant pros or cons of these two that would help decide which to go with? And are there any major concerns with either of these to be used as a starter hobby machine?

Thanks in advance for any input on this!

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Welcome to the forum, Phil!

There are many CNC guys here and you'll get some good input, for sure. One thing about the hobby class of machines is that they may do well on wood even if you have to take shallow cuts and slow feed rates, but when you venture out to aluminum, brass, etc. they may not fare so well.

My suggestion is to get the most rigid machine you can for your budget dollars. Does your budget include software or is the $2k for machine and peripherals only?

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They are both very similar machines. At 1 m length, those extruded beams will flex a fair amount. You will have to use a shallow DOC (around 1.5mm in wood) and moderate feedrates (1000 mm/min range) to get decent cuts. If that's acceptable, then either one is probably OK. I own an extruded aluminum machine from Openbuilds and they are a good organization when it comes to getting you going. If I were in the market for an extruded aluminum machine, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them.

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Keep your eyes open for a used one of better quality. They pop up pretty regularly. That's a tight budget to get even an acceptable machine - plus software.

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Thank you David!
I was initially planning for the entire 2K budget to be for the machine, peripherals and software. Depending on how the software is that I get initially, I may choose to spend more on that if needed. And I'm sure there will be additional items that I'll end up needing over time, so I expect some additional outlays of cash.

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Welcome to the forum, Phil!

There are many CNC guys here and you'll get some good input, for sure. One thing about the hobby class of machines is that they may do well on wood even if you have to take shallow cuts and slow feed rates, but when you venture out to aluminum, brass, etc. they may not fare so well.

My suggestion is to get the most rigid machine you can for your budget dollars. Does your budget include software or is the $2k for machine and peripherals only?

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They are both very similar machines. At 1 m length, those extruded beams will flex a fair amount. You will have to use a shallow DOC (around 1.5mm in wood) and moderate feedrates (1000 mm/min range) to get decent cuts. If that's acceptable, then either one is probably OK. I own an extruded aluminum machine from Openbuilds and they are a good organization when it comes to getting you going. If I were in the market for an extruded aluminum machine, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them.
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Thanks John. I did start to wonder about that yesterday, so perhaps I'll start looking around. Other than these forums, do you (or anyone else) have a suggestion on good places to look for used machines?

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