Really new means I have not bought a CNC milling machine yet. I have a Smithy 1324 3 in 1 combo that I use and a CNC Plasma table that I build aircraft weather vanes with. But I have to rely on others for 3D items and since I'm a very small fry it's hard to get things made a few here and a few there. So it's time to step up and do it myself.
I'm thinking that I'd like to buy a Taig 2019CR-ER. I already have my stepper motors, breakout boards, power supply etc.. And I've chosen CNCDesk as my entry level software. I do use TurboCad and Mach 3, but need to get smarter on 3D programming.
Mostly, I have a requirement to cut aluminum and sometimes 4130 steel when I make parts for other experimental aircraft builders.
I'm sure that even the newest of those amongst you are far more skilled than I. So I'd like to hear your thoughts about my choice for an entry level CNC mill. I'm a retired guy with a home shop, not a daily production facility.
Glen Porter, Major USMC (Ret.)
Private to Major via CWO-4
Thank you for the response. I do have the cheap control boards, and I also have a better set and may try both just to satisfy a personal curiosity. Mostly I use the CNC Plasma table to build military aircraft weather vanes. If you Goggle "military aircraft weather vanes" I normally come up as the number one response.
Mainly, I was looking for some thoughts on the Taig mill. What manfacturers boast and what users experience can and ofter are two entirely different things. I could actually build most of what I need on the Smithy 1324, but have been looking for a good or poor reason to buy a small CNC mill.
the main thing your going to notice, in comparison is its size. The taig and other "Desktop" machines are tiny compared to the benchtop machines. This limits them. Here is what I tell people. "All machines have their limits. If you work the machine within these limits then it will do what you want it to do. Step outside of these and stuff breaks. Now you have to figure out if you have the time and patience to learn and work within these limits"
If your used to taking .200 thou deep cuts with a .5 endmill. Guess what.......... that is outside the limits.
Small endmills, shallow depth of cut and slower feeds. But they will get the job done.
One member on here asked a question.
"Will a sherline cnc mill machine out an 1911 gun frame?" Yes it will, but why would you want to? The time it would take, its just not the right tool for the job, but it can do it.
*double post* sorry