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...for starters. Any opinions...good or bad.
 

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Gene I’d be interested to hear what the responses are . Can’t see where a guy could go wrong using it as a hobby machine for the price .
This guy looks like he’s had good success with it. If I didn’t have mine already I’d be tempted to buy this myself .
Would be a great way to learn , and if a person takes a major interest on it you can always upgrade later .
I like the design, as they move the table for the Y axis instead of compromising strength on the X axis

 

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Gene I’d be interested to hear what the responses are . Can’t see where a guy could go wrong using it as a hobby machine for the price .
This guy looks like he’s had good success with it. If I didn’t have mine already I’d be tempted to buy this myself .
Would be a great way to learn , and if a person takes a major interest on it you can always upgrade later .
I like the design, as they move the table for the Y axis instead of compromising strength on the X axis

https://youtu.be/UszBQRZuW7Q
Thanks, Rick. Looks like a cheap way to get my feet wet.
 
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Thanks, Rick. Looks like a cheap way to get my feet wet.
Obviously I’m not the best guy to take advise from just yet , but for the price I’d jump on it myself if I wasn’t in deep already with my other system .
Looks like a great way to learn and tinker . So there’s going to be shortcomings like stiffness blah blah , but your not going to have much invested anyways .
I watched a few videos and was quite impressed . One guy actually cut some thick aluminum for a fidget . I’d get the rigidity upgrade
 

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Yeah, the rigidity upgrade is on the list. What about the homing switches? Necessary convenience?
I like the software he used in the video. Would like it better if it were not cloud based.
 

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The work area is 10.25 x x10.25 x 2.00 so you won't be doing any large projects on it. If you get the bundle you get a DeWalt DWP611 1.25 horsepower router, our solid aluminum router mount, one 1/4″ carbide end mill, and basic clamps at a cost of $170 which is probably not a bad deal. I would add a 1/8" collet for the router instead of trying to use a sleeve adaptor but that is my personal taste.

It has Nema17 motors so don't expect it to be a speed demon power machine. This can be a learning experience or a pain in the neck. One good thing is I think the Router Forums does have a few GRBL users now so hopefully, some of them can help with the software and settings for the machine. If you can learn to work within the limits of the machine without topping the Z-axis out that will be a big plus and if you go to a larger CNC you should not have problems designing projects for the larger working limits.

You ask about the homing switches and one thing that might show you their value would be when cutting a project. You home your machine, move to the origin of your project, then record the readings, next you would zero XYZ on your project, start cutting on the 2-hour toolpath and then 1.5 hours into cutting the power goes out. Since you have the homing switches and recorded the readings at the origin of the project you and rehome then goto the readings you recorded then zero your XYZ. Now you will be back where your toolpaths start. Without the switches, you can get it close but if it is not close enough then you just wasted 1.5 hours of time and possibly the material you are cutting. You can set it up so the home position is on an index point for all your projects and not have to record any readings.

Are they worth $30, they should be ready to mount and plugin or screw in? Or, you do have the option of purchasing the switches and wire yourself and making the brackets to hold the switches on the machine, then mounting the brackets and wire it all up and figure out where to hook up the wires. Another option is to live without them.

I'll try to help but I have limited knowledge of the free design software and GRBL controller. I can output some test files for you to run to make sure everything is running in the correct direction and if not what needs to be reset.
 

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Thanks alot, Mike. I'll certainly be in touch after I pull the trigger.
 
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Buy in haste, regret at leisure. You're too good at this woodworking stuff to waste your money on a tiny little gadget that will nickle and dime you every time you try to use it.

BTW, years ago our paper bought a new Goss rotary offset press. Millwrights were there from the pouring of the concrete to final alignment, approval and acceptance. German guys who traveled all over the world installing Goss presses. Aligned five units to tolerances of a couple of thousandths. It was so spot on color registration that the publisher won the contract to print the regional USA Today, which is all color. Before that, we printed on the Los Angeles Times gigantic press, which was four stories tall. Made the most amazing noises when running full speeed. Printed about half a million copies a day, a couple of editions. We had about 100K circulation.

My first daily had a 1917 Goss Community press. All hot type with lead stereo plates molded from paper mache' pressed very hard into the lead type that was produced in Linotypes. Those were the days. The shop foreman (Frank Gushwah) had been inhaling hot type for decades and was kind of a crazy man. When we switched to cold type and retired that press, no one in the shop had ever worked with it, but I had, so I went down and helped out for several weeks so they learned all the tricks. The foreman and I got along much better after that.

Dang, I just get caught up. Must need someone human to communicate with beside my poor wife.
 
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