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maxxgraphix
02-01-2005, 05:58 PM
Any thoughts on some of the sub $2000 table top routers being sold on ebay? I could use a router for my sign business, but I don't have tons of $$$$. I thought about building one, but usually what happens is that you should have just bought one and saved the time. I would like a 4 x 4 eventually, but they seem out of my price range.

maxxgraphix
02-01-2005, 07:23 PM
This is one I am interested in.
Ebay ID# 3870453370

cnc2k
02-01-2005, 08:50 PM
Check out K2CNC.com, THey have some great router and price is fair i think.

ynneb
02-01-2005, 08:55 PM
here is the direct link to the auction
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3870453370

I would guess the router would be fine for making signs.

You may find that the actual software to make the Gcode prohibitivly expensive though. They mention Mach2 as the control software to drive the machine. That will cost you only 150 more. It depends what sort of signs you want to make that will determine what software you will need. If you simply want to use a v bit and machine along the vector, there is a program ( I 4got what its called ) that is freeware or very cheap. Someone here will remember what it is called.

maxxgraphix
02-01-2005, 09:21 PM
To start with routed letters 2D is all I need. TurboCNC I think is the free progie. CorelDraw exports to dxf files that TurboCNC can convert to G-Code. Software is not the problem. I just want a decent machine that can cut aluminum / PVC. Best bang for the buck. K2CNC.com has a 25 x 25 for $1800, but that's frame only! I would have jumped at that if it included all motors and interface. Of course the Xylotex boards are only $139, then a router trimmer $30, and 3 steppers? Maybe under $2K. Would it work well? 25 x 25 is really a good size for what I do.

cnc2k
02-01-2005, 09:37 PM
you'll be fine with 25 x25, unless you are making huge signs. I think you should go for KG-3925 its a bit more $, but it's a much better machine. It uses THK slides and Thomson ballscrews, much better than the roller bearings on KS-2525.

maxxgraphix
02-01-2005, 09:51 PM
I do make big signs. Mostly printed. I would like to get into 3D signs. So I need a starting point. I figure a 25 x 25 router could make a 25 x 25 letter. The letters are then mounted to the sign board with other graphics. Now here's question, if I wanted to route a 24" x 72" sign in one piece could you do it on a 25 x 25 machine? Can you start and then pick back up after moving the board further in continuing the lenght?

maxxgraphix
02-01-2005, 09:55 PM
That one Ebay will sell for $1400 it's 17 x 17. Is it worth it? I think the size is kinda small though. Any other links to bargin machines?