Hello all. Another new guy trying to choose a machine. I'm still overwhelmed. I've been reading and searching for weeks now. Please help me narrow some things down by suggesting a good machine for me to look at.
I'd like something that can hold a 30" diameter. That's my max part size.
Ball screws are my preference, not R+Pinion, no bar type bearings (supported only on ends), some sort of linear would be best.
Steppers are perfectly fine. I don't need a big high gantry, 5" or more would be great.
I'd like to run a computer (say WinCNC or Mach3) so I can also digitize, and add a little rotary 4th axis in the future but importantly, I think some sort of added pad for Z calibration with manual tool changes. I think that rules out DSP controllers.
2.5D will do everything I need to do. Hardwood only.
I'd like a small HP spindle that can hold 1/2" tools.
I'd like something that is solidly made, kind of rules out shopbots pretty quickly.
I've reviewed the shopsabre 3636. Expensive for what you get
Laguna swift 4848, DSP and small collet
stinger II, rack and pinion.
Can you guys suggest some manufacturers/models? At this point I think I'd rather buy than build. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.