We have recently finished my first build. We purchased no plans and did only the minimal of research. Then I met Len & Jeremy from Probotix and they helped us quickly develop a specification, sources and ultimately the build and tuning of our machine. I owe them a huge plug and debt of gratitude because they went way above and beyond what I would have expected in regards to service, mentor-ship and support for the project. Also I special thanks to Ahren from CNC Router Parts who produced and sold us a custom frame kit.
Our machine is Powered by Probitix and for the most part has been supported by them too. Although financially most of the build came from other sources Probitix by far was most able and willing to support our project. THANKS A MILLION!
Work Area: Z=8" X=60" Y=48"
Custom Mechanical Kit: Similar to CRP4848
link: CRP4848 4' x 4' CNC Router Kit | CNCRouterParts
why: Len recommended it
Spindle: Hitachi M12VC Router
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002ZZWXI/?tag=hyprod-20&hvadid=15470184459&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1878145930462139526&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&ref=asc_df_B0002ZZWXI]Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Variable-Speed Router - Amazon.com
why: It is the only router that supports a 1/2 cutter and also work with a Precise Bits collet system
Collet: BOUP-1618-842KIT from Precise Bits
link:Precision Bosch 1600 Compatible Nuts and Collets
why: Improved Z and run out accuracy. Also to be able to hold a larger range of cutter than the stock Hitachi collet could hold
Dust Control Shroud: KentCNC Standard dust shoe
Link: KentCNC, LLC. Standard Dust Shoe
Why: it was well reviewed by CNCRP
Powered By Probotix:
Electronics Steppers/Steppers: Nema23/ 4 Axis Monster
Link: 4-Axis Monster CNC Stepper Motor Driver Kit - 4-Axis Monster CNC Stepper Motor Driver Kit
Ready to Run 40VDC Linear RTR Controller: Probotix (Similar to their Comet controller)
CPU: Ubuntu/EMC2 Control Computer (EMC2PC)/ Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, & Joypad (KMMJ)
Supplied, Set up & Configured by Probotix which was an amazing help both at the time of purchase and when we where ready to get things running
Estop & Limit Switched Heavy Duty Limit Switch (LS2) & Custom Limit switch Brackets (Ask Len to make these a standard product )
Link: Emergency E-stop Switches and Limit Switches
Switch bracket blocks: Someone should ask Len to make these a standard product becuase they are awesome
SHOP FOX W1685 1.5-Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector
Buy from Probotix because they are willing to responsibly supply and support their products. Do it yourself does not mean “you are on your own” when working with Probotix. Not only are they great with support but they actually seem to enjoy talking to and helping their customers. I have had no issues when any of their parts. The controller is working very well and they provided Plug and play quality service to us. I would also add that all the venders we purchased from where really great!