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    Rob I was lucky in a sense I have all the gear in house so I made the lot except for a little surface grinding for the Lyn rails ,If you go for a fame build buy some nice electrics .I have piece of mind on that side have heard some horror stories .5 k for my 2x 1 meter.



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    I would have thought the benchtop 6090 would be sent by heavy parcel courier?

    I imported a full size 6090, and boy was that stressful first time around, loads of paperwork, and I still got screwed at the end with the freight handler and delivery, but even so it worked out an order of magnitude cheaper than anything else, so it worked out in the end.

    As others have pointed out, you need all the declarations and paperwork to avoid port storage fees and possible impound. One paper that fell foul for me was the material quarantine (or something like that) form that is required because it came from overseas in a wooden crate that had to certify it had been bug sprayed, and it was a mad scramble to get that one sent last minute to avoid impound and storage costs.

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    Did the same as many before purchasing my unit, looked at the offerings from abroad. The pricing compared to something from oz was vastly different, as I'm sure you all are aware.

    Then it dawned on me that if I had probs with it, what do I do then? Its a fairly specialised unit, so finding folk in oz that know their stuff to help me would prove difficult. Then of course I'm not in a metro area, so who is going to pop out here.... and so on.
    The main difference of course is its used as a commercial machine. I can ring the help dept from Sydney and in most cases get someone straight up that can talk me through the problem. If I want it an annual service call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jatt View Post
    Did the same as many before purchasing my unit, looked at the offerings from abroad. The pricing compared to something from oz was vastly different, as I'm sure you all are aware.

    Then it dawned on me that if I had probs with it, what do I do then? Its a fairly specialised unit, so finding folk in oz that know their stuff to help me would prove difficult. Then of course I'm not in a metro area, so who is going to pop out here.... and so on.
    The main difference of course is its used as a commercial machine. I can ring the help dept from Sydney and in most cases get someone straight up that can talk me through the problem. If I want it an annual service call.
    I think that's fine for a business that can claim it and afford the extra cost to reduce the risk, but for most backyard hobbyists the extra cost would be a deal breaker and unjustifiable. At the same time the backyarders can afford downtime due to a failure that a business can't, and they can repair at their own pace and cost. Although for any of the 6090's and smaller machines, it usually really comes down to troubleshooting a simple mechanical issue, or just swapping out electronics. So a bit of time and/or cost and effort.

    Of course what doesn't help is that not all machines or suppliers are equal, even though the machines are all pretty much identical, I think I really got lucky with my machine, it's easily been the best purchase I've ever made.

    cheers, Ian

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    hi..an update...

    I have ordered a chinese machine using a customs/shipping agent recommended in a pm.

    It should be ready early April.

    I'll post pictures of it coming over the fence - or through it - and a run down of the expenses and processes in getting it up and running - well assuming all goes at least reasonably well.

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    I wish you luck ,It will be a good journey either way.



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    Hi RobSm, how did it all go? I was nearly going to do this 6 years ago but ended up buying local for an extra $600aud.
    I was told of horror stories about freight handlers all wanting their palms greased, basically people holding their hands out for cash.
    Is it going well? I might do it for my next machine if your experience is a positive one, let us know please.



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    D.L...may i ask what machine you bought in Aus?



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    ericks, I bought a HF31, a good lump of iron but may have to downsize when I move house, I've spent more on tooling and fixtures now than buying the machine!!



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    Thanks



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    HM32 actually, I forgot the correct name.

    General engineering and sub contract work in Victoria, Australia.


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