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A thread was posted a few days ago regarding this "Smart Saw". It was meet with justifiable skepticism. The saw's website is ad based. Absolutely no pictures of the actual saw could be found. Quite a lot of unsupported claims and you end up having to take their word for it, spend 30 bucks and hope for the best. Absolutely nothing in the way of projected costs to build, expectations of the unit once built or any clue as to what you end up with after spending 30 bucks.

Think I'll just save the 30 bucks and take the grandkids to Dairy Queen
 

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still say it reeks of Ted or ilk...
 

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I tried via Google to investigate but all I found were so called "reviews" all sounding basically the same. If there were examples of paying the $29 and this is the outcome I could not find them. This leads me to view this as an internet "campaign". In a year or sooner it should all shake out as such.
 

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The reviews are hilarious!

What is really funny, is if you go a page or so down in the fake reviews, and attempt to read them, they are just generated crap, that have all of the key phrases from the original ad, but all kinds of garbage in between.

I agree that this appears to be a scam!
 

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Alex uses this mailbox as an example (DIY Mailbox - Album on Imgur) although it seems to have been built by someone else. I suspect that had Alex really made this mailbox and really had a magic cnc wood carving machine, he would have used the machine to "flush" the numbers into the wood for a very cool appearance. What further evidence is required?! Sadly, the machine is a great idea and technically -- for hobby grade accuracy -- well within reality. It's just too bad someone hasn't taken the time to do one for real.
 

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TwoSkies57, can I go too? I'm a big fan of the Five Buck Lunch special. You can upgrade the sundae to a mini Blizzard for a buck.
Surprising what you can find on the Internet- good and bad.
 

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The SmartSaw video is a SCAM!!!!

The smart saw video is just a scam. He shows himself building one but never shows it running or actually making anything.
I am sure all the pictures in the video are things he has never made and are definitely not made with the "Smart Saw".
One picture shows what looks like lamps that are definitely make with a Laser Cutter.
Save Your Money!
 

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How is the saw controlled? The video said that you connect "it" to an internet connected computer using a USB connector. There has to be at least 3 reversible, variable speed drives plus the router. You need controllers for each of the drives. How do you calibrate the drives controllers? If the saw can be controlled by a single USB cable then the saw must include a controller that can be controlled by a program on the computer. The instructions needed to create your project (birdhouse or bookends, etc.) will have to be created by the DIYer (YOU) or downloaded from the internet for a price. If you want a custom design and can't generate the instructions yourself, you will have to pay someone (like Alex at DIYsmartsaw.com) to do it.
 

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Any REAL Reviews?

... The saw's website is ad based. Absolutely no pictures of the actual saw could be found. Quite a lot of unsupported claims and you end up having to take their word for it, spend 30 bucks and hope for the best. Absolutely nothing in the way of projected costs to build, expectations of the unit once built or any clue as to what you end up with after spending 30 bucks.

Think I'll just save the 30 bucks and take the grandkids to Dairy Queen
From the Q&A section, both in the video & in the transcription: "A: The Smart Saw you'll see in the video cost only $500. That's because all the parts were brand new. You can actually put one together for under $160. It all depends on how much you want to spend on your parts. You can even make it from scraps using printer motors and old car parts."

Are there any actual reviews in the threads on this site, or are they all just kvetch sessions by people who have obviously never even bothered to watch the full video or read a full AD, let alone buy the plans under discussion, or use a screwdriver for anything other than picking their nose?
 

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DIY Smart Saw reviews ...

Precisely JoeNavy65 !!! Your comments are spot on !!

Yes this is an item that I could truly use with the upcoming retirement. I am an artist not really a wood worker but will learn it as I reinvent my profession. I do NEED a CNC router. Think I will just purchase one rather than waste my $40 !!! God Bless folks as they continue to journey through this life and thank God for peeps who actually still use cognizant thinking instead of believing everything they read !!
 

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It is a SCAM. A lot of the parts are no longer available at the sights listed for said parts. Don't waste your $39. Save it and buy yourself a hamburger with fries and a shake. Just out of curiosity I ordered thru PayPal so I knew I could get my money back.
 

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It is a SCAM. A lot of the parts are no longer available at the sights listed for said parts. Don't waste your $39. Save it and buy yourself a hamburger with fries and a shake. Just out of curiosity I ordered thru PayPal so I knew I could get my money back.
Your kidding ,George, You didn't order it, tell me you didn't :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:

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I have read a lot about this topic in different forums, but no one has provided concrete details. So for the sake of the community I decided to buy it since it's only $40. I asked for a refund after a week, which I can more than guarantee my money is gone, but's it's only $40 and I've learned a ton about CNC mills in the process. Balls in their court, so let's see if they can produce a video. If not this will be the final word on this solution being a Scam IMHO. Time to just get the xCarve.

I have been in contact with the support group, who has been very responsive so far. Here is a breakdown of our conversation:

Me: "Do you know of any pre-made kits containing the step motors, threaded rods, precision steel rods, bearings, etc....?"

DIY CNC:
"Hi Andrew,

Unfortunately I'm not sure if you can purchase kits containing all the parts.

In the PDF file you will find a master list of materials and links for suggested suppliers from where to purchase the parts. The parts which you will find at the local hardware store are the assembly parts, but the electrical parts can only be found only on sites like ebay or aliexpress

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you,
Jane Jones
Customer Support"

Me: "Can you also share a video of the unit in action? I've read through all the supporting information, but have never seen it in action? Being honest I can't start the build until I see what I am building working. I hope you understand. "

DIY CNC: "Hi Andrew,

Several customers that have purchased the designs built the machine but unfortunately we do not have pictures or tutorials available at this time.

We are working on a video tutorial but is going to take while

Thank you,
Jane Jones
Customer Support"

Me: "
It doesn't take more than a few minutes to run a working machine and take a video on your iphone. Unfortunately, this is all I needed to see, I don't believe you have a working machine now...

I was going to ignore the fact that the parts required to build the DIY CNC Smart Saw are WELL over $500 to build using the links you provided.

I would like my money back unless you can produce a video of a working machine this week."
 

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All, I am happy to report that I do NOT believe the DIY Smart CNC product to be a hoax or scam. I believe the product to be in its infancy and may not have been ready to release. The marketing campaign is great, but there are obviously a few issues. One being no actual video of the unit in action. Also, during the setup videos, there are parts of the CNC machine that are not called out in the parts list or instructions. And finally, if you purchased the parts al a carte it would cost roughly $700 using the links they provided. Of course heading to a science surplus store might work to drive cost down.

While I am sure this unit does work I am not willing to invest money into building it until I can see the one being built in the video working. Jane from DIY Smart CNC refunded my money at my first request. If this were a Scam I doubt they would refund my money.

I am researching other kits like this one (won't let me post a link yet since I am new to the forum, so Amazon it): "BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit with DeWalt DW660 Router"

If anyone else has recommendations please let me know!
 

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From the Q&A section, both in the video & in the transcription: "A: The Smart Saw you'll see in the video cost only $500. That's because all the parts were brand new. You can actually put one together for under $160. It all depends on how much you want to spend on your parts. You can even make it from scraps using printer motors and old car parts."

Are there any actual reviews in the threads on this site, or are they all just kvetch sessions by people who have obviously never even bothered to watch the full video or read a full AD, let alone buy the plans under discussion, or use a screwdriver for anything other than picking their nose?
I myself have gone through this guide and let me tell you that from my opinion it is definitely not a scam.

Now, I don't want to be rude or something but most people have a tendency to write up their review based on their first perception without actually trying the product. I do agree that the site and all of the work being shown does look like sketchy to a certain extent but I believe that's done so that the owner can get better conversions.

From what is taught in the course, building a CNC machine is actually possible and it will definitely cost much less than the others. Like spending 500-1000$ is way better than spending tens of thousands of dollars on other new CNC machines. Plus in some other ways, I believe that this smart saw will be a better option as well.

As far as broken links in the guide are concerned then contacting the support team helped me to resolve this issue. It's really not that sort of a big deal!

Lastly, all I have to say is that you should at least take the time to check this product out and then decide if it's for you or not because the refund guarantee makes it almost risk-free. And if you are looking for an actual detailed review on this program to get further insights then I think this one will be a good start DIY Smart Saw - The Ultimate Woodworking Magic Machine? - Hobbiesphere.
 

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Hmmm...

Be cautious reading reviews posted online, video or blog posts about it, or posts here with only a cpl prior posts ESPECIALLY if they add a link to the item in their own post. I know NOTHING about woodworking, but run an internet marketing company and this caught my eye as I browsed because my son-in-law is a woodworker and I thought of buying it for him and it led me to come here for info.

I'm not saying it's legit or not... it may be for all I know. However, I posted this because the offer comes through a site called "Clickbank". Clickbank is an affiliate marketing company. Anyone can become a member there and get a "link" to their products, then if someone sees your post online and buys through youor link, you get 50% of the sale. So when you Google it and see "review" videos and blog posts, 95% of them are affiliates who don't care about the quality or know anything about the product, they just say it's good and load up the page using proper keywords and page structure to get it to show on Google so you buy it... and make the 50%.

Again, it might be legit, I'm just posting to explain where these review videos and such come from because I HATE the lack of integrity in this business I'm in. Why else would someone create an entire blog or video about it?

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New here, but thought I would put my two cents worth in. I bought the Smart Saw plans. I suspect they would work, however, all is not well. In looking up prices using the links given in the plans--ouch! I could not find a supplier for the rods or the threaded rods except in China. The links are for companies in China, and I have never gotten the prices. Here are some prices I did get. Linear guide rails: $292.31; Linear guide flange blocks: $340.96; combined kit with stepper driver motor and power supply, $228.00; and the Bosch spindle motor, $179.99. Those alone are $1,041.26. Amazon has one for $650.09 including shipping. Buy these plans if you really like doing it yourself even if the price is much higher, or you need to buy a few items at a time as your budget allows. Otherwise, forget it. BTW. I have sent an email asking for my money back. His initial reply was to try to talk me out of the refund, but I refused. Waiting to see the results.
 

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I don't think I have ever read a thread with so many first time posters. And some of which, never came back.

I'm calling BS on this one. Just another 15 minutes I won't get back.
 
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