Take a look at CAMaster. CAMaster CNC - CNC Routers, Plasma Cutters, & Lasers - Home of the Cobra CNC Router they may have what you want.
I'm looking for a machine to cut hardwood (1"thick) parts up to about 42" long. I've checked out ShopBot, Techno, Kellig, Multicam, ShopSabre, etc. I keep coming back to the Laguna since it seems like the best value for the money. For about $11k, I get a 2hp spindle, 4'x4' table, ball screw, etc. I can't seem to match that with anyone else. I like Techno since they are local, but again it's more money. Anyone have experience with the Laguna Swift? Any other recommendations? Much thanks.
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Many people I've run across that are looking for systems of a particular size really don't want the size they are shopping for, but rather having to settle for a size bigger than what they need.
For example some shop for a 48"x48" when they really need something like a 48"x30", for example. There are options available at reasonable prices, so don't settle....it sounds like you may have fallen into that trap.
Shop around and see what all is available. I've attached some pictures of a 60"x36"x6" system, for example.
One of the most important system features you need to spend time educating yourself on is your positioning system. You will have the choice between Ball Screw and Rack & Pinion (Laguna). I suggest you do a little research using "the google"..... to start you out....... Vendor Stability and Support
This is one of the most critical component choices as you will have to live with it for the life of your system, and will impact the quality of your output all along the life-cycle of your system. As well, periodic maintenance, alignment, rack replacement, etc could be in your future, depending on your system choice.
Private message me if you have any questions.
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i have the camasters, i own an older digital as well,, the work and support ewill speak for it self
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That is some very good information provided in your link.
I've had a techno lc4896 for the last 6 years. It uses real good industrial level parts and is a rock solid machine. The Laguna looks like it's made with the same cheap chinese parts I used to make a home made 48x48" router. The techno also uses servos and quality ballscrews that help with the speed and accuracy of cutting.
The two downsides of of technos are the proprietary controller/software and of course, price.
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Here is another link that is designed to provide CNC info in a "fun" format: "School of CNC Knowledge". It is an ongoing work in progress.....as is gathering knowledge is itself.
Shopping for a CNC system can seem like going to the doctors office.....very sterile.....our take is that it should be more like going to an amusement park, FUN!!!
Regarding Pplug's comments about proprietary controller software and price....
The CNC systems I represent use Mach3 (industry standard/open platform) and are very competitively priced..... High-Speed CNC.
When you buy proprietary you are further "locked to" the system provider...which often means more $$$ later down the road when, for example, you need support.
Well I'm still new...but my requirements for my purpose were ball screws, Mach3, water cooled spindle to take a 1/2" tool, then table size. I was right onside for Laguna (thinking that they might be as great as my bandsaw). I was hours away from ordering until I was confirming specs..and found out the baby spindle only would hold up to a 3/8" max diameter collet (that really means...only 1/4" tools..that's a joke). No way. My next choice was a keling...works great for me. I'm happier than I thought I would be. There are a lot of good ones out there though.
Tasi, I got your PM...found out there is a 1000character limit on the replies. Have fun with that...good luck on your choices.
I did lots research and even went as far as where the parts are made. I went with Luguna 4x8 machine.
@ PATJEFF2103 - How is the Laguna working out?
My partner is seriously thinking about getting the Laguna IC Pro (about 24x36 bed size) but I am doing some more research before we drop $8K or so.
My concern was that the unit didn't seem to support any real MDI input other than a distance/axis input... but no direct G-Code input. I also was thinking about the E-Stop being on the motor-controller instead of on the handset where it would be near the operator. I have a PUMA robot... that thing can really move... the big red E-Stop is right there where you can punch it before you finish saying OH-SH** ! I'm thinking about having the CNC heading for a clamp or similar and not being able to get to the switch fast enough.
Anyone else want to chime in on this?
Not really happy about being locked into a dedicated controller vs. a PC... but I have an Epilog LASER engraver that works like a printer... so it would kinda be the same. Something to be said for having a GUI at the machine however... not really digging the idea of just a hand controller. I wanna see a graphic representation of what is being cut AS it is being cut.