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    Default Serious Inquiry - Help Me Select A GOOD CNC Laser Machine

    Hi, I am at the point where I want to add a CNC laser to my bag-o-tricks in my workshop. I am looking at websites and You Tube videos and it is all very confusing.

    I certainly prefer MADE IN AMERICA! but if a Chinese laser is GOOD, I will consider it as well. I do not want to buy some cheap piece of %$&^* regardless of where it is made.

    I would like the input of people in this forum, to help point me in the right direction.

    So you probably have preliminary questions. I will try to answer them before you ask them.

    I want to cut 12 GA or thinner steel, 14 GA or thinner stainless. Also aluminum, copper etc. I want to cut woods like oak planks and birch plywood. Acrylics. Solid Surface Material (Corian). HDU Foam, and other foams. Maybe glass? What else? Engraving .... glass, tile, marble (tombstones?) anodized aluminum, steel, etc. Tube cutting? YES.

    I know there are two types, CO2 and Fiber lasers. I am interested in a dual purpose machine but I would consider buying two separate machines if that works out to be a better option. I am also interested in a larger table size, because I want to do more than etch smiley faces into iPhone cases. 4x8 is good. Larger is better!

    I am currently looking at the KERN Optiflex tables in the 250 watt range. Also the Epilog units, and recently, "AP LASER" tables. They are having a "LAZERCON' in Nashville Feb. 22-23 and I will attend to see if they can WOW me with their machines.

    My budget? I am looking in the range of under $200,000.00. I can go higher, but the laser would really have to be worth the investment.

    I do not know when the next FabTech show is happening, but I will probably attend it to look at lasers.

    At the moment I do not have 3-phase power in my shops, and it is unavailable. However I will contact the power company soon, to see what it would take to run it out to me. My other options are a 3-phase converter, or a generator capable of producing the power when I need it.

    So help me narrow this down. Watts, brands, sizes, options, cutting speeds, (tube cutting, etc.) I don't mind spending money, but I do not want to WASTE money.

    Joe
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    http://www.aguyintown.com

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    Default Re: Serious Inquiry - Help Me Select A GOOD CNC Laser Machine

    Hello, Joe

    So glad to see your this thread and hope can help you with that as a manufacturer of laser cutters in China.

    Totally understand you prefer a Made in America machine, but please just hear me out the recommendation per your requests.

    For 12 or 14 GA steel, I would recommend a 750Watts fiber laser cutter to do the contour cut or profile cut as showed up in your website I checked.Oped table size 5x10 foot, Budget: 43,000 USD, (FOB Qingdao, China
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    You also mentioned tube cutting, with a rotary, we are looking at extra 7000 USD.

    For non-metal cutting and engraving, you can take Co2 laser machine as the best result. due to not knowing the thickness and size of the wood and acrylic etc. I can not quote you very precisely. but With a 130watts laser power , is capable of cutting 7/10"plywood , 1" acrylic , with a table size 4x8 foot, we are looking around 5,000 USD.

    Anyways, these are all the facts I can list for you and also for other forum user looking at your thread, wish you can find your best solution soon.

    In case you are interested in our products, feel free to click in www.tripro-tech.com, and I will be there ready to help.

    Achilles.



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    Default Re: Serious Inquiry - Help Me Select A GOOD CNC Laser Machine

    Hello Joe

    Please check the following:
    https://www.cnczone.com/forums/gener...r-factory.html (Industrial level)
    https://www.cnczone.com/forums/gener...r-cutting.html (small workshop level)

    Best wishes.



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    Default Re: Serious Inquiry - Help Me Select A GOOD CNC Laser Machine

    Hello Joe , G.weike laser is a manufacture of fiber laser cutting machine and CO2 machine , we provide the OEM service to BOSS Laser and FSL laser , we have the ability to provide you a good machine . If you are interested in our machine , please feel free to contact me :rosa@wklaser.com ;Whatsapp/Skype number :+86 15628769257 .



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    Default Re: Serious Inquiry - Help Me Select A GOOD CNC Laser Machine

    I would be looking at Kern lasers. They are more than the lasers from China but the are more reliable



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