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    Default CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    I am ready to pull the trigger after all my research. Final decision is between the benchtop pro and the standard. I found similar threads here, but a little older. Wondering if there are updated opinions now that more folks have these in hand.

    Will be used for hard wood and aluminum, including precision engraving for items like custom coasters and computer part frames. Might make a few hundred of these a year, 20-30 pc parts a year. Decent amount of wood work.

    Pro
    They use similar aluminum extrusions but appears the pro is double the thickness across the gantry and connecting sides under the table.
    Ballscrew driving – less backlash issues, but more worry about dust mucking them up. Anyone have issues with these needing to be replaced for this reason or do the guards do a good job?
    Tslot standard – nice to have, not sure I need.
    Overall, looks more robust.

    Standard
    Known to still be very sturdy and I probably could buy extra extrusions to bolster it up to the Pro on that level, but still not a solidly built.
    Acme lead screws – can wear out, but is that an issues with CNCRPs? Have folks had to replacement them?
    Has anyone upgraded their benchtop system to ballscrews as they weren’t happy? Notice a difference?

    Price difference is $1,400.

    Part of me wants to go all in and get the Pro for the sake of it, which is terrible logic. Is there that much more value in the two builds?

    Anyone lay hands on both? My biggest fear is deflection when working aluminum.

    Other difference I am not thinking of?

    Any that one way or the other have additional thoughts that made you make the decision?

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    Default Re: CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    Get the Pro, if not you will always wonder why. You can install a heavy duty spindle if you want. The linear rails are more accurate. Most Standard users are looking to upgrade.

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    Can I add one suggestion? If you went with a 4x2 pro for another $400 it gives you some more capacity and a lot of room for growth. With woodworking the 4' width is a good standard. You even have the option to tile a full 4x8 sheet of material if you wanted.....opens up a lot of possibilities. Or you could later add on to your machine and have a full 4x8 model at your disposal. If your parts fit a 2x2 bed size now, then you can run twice as many at once on a 4x2 or have some extra real estate to leave a jig or fixture in place at all times. I am a woodworker like you, and with 4x8 sheets so easily available it could open up another sales outlet. Between the two you listed I would go for the pro, I see a lot of positive comments on linear guides for the any of the CNCRP machines.



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    Default Re: CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    What he said, 2x4 lot less cutting of materials.

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    Default Re: CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    After watching this, I'd definitely go for the PRO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerojunkie View Post
    Can I add one suggestion? If you went with a 4x2 pro for another $400 it gives you some more capacity and a lot of room for growth. With woodworking the 4' width is a good standard. You even have the option to tile a full 4x8 sheet of material if you wanted.....opens up a lot of possibilities. Or you could later add on to your machine and have a full 4x8 model at your disposal. If your parts fit a 2x2 bed size now, then you can run twice as many at once on a 4x2 or have some extra real estate to leave a jig or fixture in place at all times. I am a woodworker like you, and with 4x8 sheets so easily available it could open up another sales outlet. Between the two you listed I would go for the pro, I see a lot of positive comments on linear guides for the any of the CNCRP machines.
    I honestly didn’t look into the regular ones as I have a bit of a space constraint. I have a two car garage and only 90 x 40 inch space in the front of my garage (that could be extended by 2 feet as I have my second set of tires on my car in the corner taking up a lot of space). I planned to make a long work bench with a higher top to allow me to have the nose of my car slip a little under the table. But I see the 2x4 is actually a little narrower. Hmmmm. Space still would be tight, with the benchtop version, I would have 4 feet of empty space on my bench where only 2 feet with the 4x2. Lots to think about, because the 4x2 would be amazing for big wood pieces, though I dont have any planned atm.

    My key focus would be on aluminum work, then wood work. I thought the 2 foot gantry and screws on the benchtop would be much more ridge for that type of work vs the 4x2 ones, no?

    I plan on moving in the next 2-5 years though mainly so I can get a three car garage so I can have a proper workshop.

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    Default Re: CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    If you make a bench or table make it high enough and put it on casters that would work. Casters that lock and they make some really good ones. If your doing the CNC RP one you could extend the bed out to a 4x4 size at some future date. Check with them to make sure!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    If you make a bench or table make it high enough and put it on casters that would work. Casters that lock and they make some really good ones. If your doing the CNC RP one you could extend the bed out to a 4x4 size at some future date. Check with them to make sure!!
    Bingo, exactly what I am going to do. I was going to make it about 7 feet long, on casters so I can pull out and work with ease. Will need to brace accordingly underneath as well have more than 4 legs to ensure its nice and flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    After watching this, I'd definitely go for the PRO.
    looks beefy doesnt it



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    Quote Originally Posted by mithiral67 View Post
    Bingo, exactly what I am going to do. I was going to make it about 7 feet long, on casters so I can pull out and work with ease. Will need to brace accordingly underneath as well have more than 4 legs to ensure its nice and flat.

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    looks beefy doesnt it
    But I did not think it comes with the spindle or electronics control boxes. . Its only 2x3 size not 2x4, but that may be fine for what your going to do. Nice heavy duty machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    But I do not think it comes with the spindle or electronics control box? Its only 2x3 size not 2x4, but that may be fine for what your going to do. Nice heavy duty machine.
    Correct, will buy there PNP kit and then a HY 2.2k spindle.

    Yea, the benchtop is smaller, designed for folks like me with limited pace.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mithiral67 View Post
    Correct, will buy there PNP kit and then a HY 2.2k spindle.

    Yea, the benchtop is smaller, designed for folks like me with limited pace.
    I have the PNP setup on mine and its a 4x4, that spindle is a good one. I did not purchase that or the VFD from them, and wished I had. The company is so good. Love doing business with them.

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    Default Re: CNCRP Benchtop Pro or Standard 2424

    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    I have the PNP setup on mine and its a 4x4, that spindle is a good one. I did not purchase that or the VFD from them, and wished I had. The company is so good. Love doing business with them.
    Raises a great question. I originally started with question with a full quote from CNCRPs for a build, said, nope $9k is more then I wanted to spend.

    Went down to the $1.2k china builds, then have part by part dont research for solid dyi alternatives. Then found that for a reasonable price more, CNCRPs offers a quality option. Did that for the table, then the electornics, how the question of the spindle and vfd.

    I see a lot of folks support the cheaper spinlds ($400) all in vs their $1,700 kit. Where does that jump make sense for me?

    Thanks,
    James



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