8 x 4 CNC router buying advise

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Simon89

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Hi,

I’m in the the early stages of researching buying an 8x4 CNC router and not sure what machines to look at? Unfortunately a lot of manufacturers don’t advertise their prices, which instantly puts me off.

The machine won’t get a huge amount of use in my workshop but I hope it will give me the flexibility and control I need that subbing the work out doesn’t. As such I don’t need anything super fast and tool changing is likely out of my price range

I am liking the look of the CKJ, in particular the entry level R13

spec I need
8x4 sheet size
Single phase
Ready to go, I don’t think I fancy a diy build kit with ongoing tweaking

thanks

simon
 

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I’m not a CNC expert nor have one, just interested.

At first glance it looks good to me, they seem to be a genuine company, which can actually properly show it working.

lots of these 8 x 4 machines are Chinese imports with cheap components often non standard and low build quality.

For the price you won’t get an industrial woodworking CNC like a Biesse, Masterwood, Felder etc for that sort of money unless it’s pre 2005 and using out of date software.

A half decent Biesse or Masterwood from a dealer would be a lot more - but then you would get a fully industrial machine designed to work full time - lots of small woodworking shops buy one of these on finance, I know a 4 man shop that does stairs - he bought a Masterwood with software package. A complete stairs takes about 2 hours
 

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I think I'm fortunate to live in Calgary Alberta Canada and being a member of #Protospace-a maker space.


I did a conversion of the lowest price 4x8 cnc simon89 mentioned, converted it to CDN$ and to put makerspaces in perspective, that 6234 pounds equivocates to 15 years of membership to my makerspace with 24/7 access to a 5x10 Precix single head 3axis, and access to licenced v-carve pro, with shared costs of maintenance and ancilliary costs.

IF YOU PAY 2% INTEREST TO FINANCE IT, THAT MAKES IT 20 YRS OF MEMBERSHIP

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Yes I think decent support could be worth a lot of money and time!

the trend looks quite a clever bit of kit but doesn’t have the flexibility I am looking for that a gantry machine will offer

maker spaces do look good value and are a great access point for many. I think for my business needs the convince of being able to run the machine as and when I need should cover the additional cost. I know the 20mins drive to Screwfix is enough to put me off ‘just popping out’
 

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yes that was some really key information! - I have a VAT registered business. while I enjoy what I do, I don’t have the time for hobby woodwork / tool repairs.
 

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Hi,

I’m in the the early stages of researching buying an 8x4 CNC router and not sure what machines to look at? Unfortunately a lot of manufacturers don’t advertise their prices, which instantly puts me off.

The machine won’t get a huge amount of use in my workshop but I hope it will give me the flexibility and control I need that subbing the work out doesn’t. As such I don’t need anything super fast and tool changing is likely out of my price range

I am liking the look of the CKJ, in particular the entry level R13

spec I need
8x4 sheet size
Single phase
Ready to go, I don’t think I fancy a diy build kit with ongoing tweaking

thanks

simon
I grabbed the mk 1 of YETI CNC, it is a stable user friendly machine. Great team behind it, and it's ALL BRITISH BUILT. Get in touch with Andy or Aaron.

Ho pe this helps.
Karl
 
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