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Masterwood Prima CNC9/7/17
I am looking a potentially buying a used CNC. To be honest, I don't know exactly how a CNC will fit into my work flow. I am a one man shop. I do custom cabinets, often vintage or furniture grade, often face frame and inset doors. I don't have a lot of throughput, as most of my jobs demand high attention to detail.
1) Can any one tell me how a cnc can help my work flow?
I am a strong believer in the CNC technology, I have had a CNC router since 2000. I would not buy a machine that is no longer made and there is not any support for it. Your learning curve on a new machine with Seller support will be long. On an out of date, no support machine, probably you would never learn how to use it and parts would be impossible to find if you knew what was wrong with it.
You need to educate yourself more fully as to what a router can do for you and how you would use it. If you are doing well with what you are doing now, you may not want to buy a CNC. Learn what these machines can do, go to trade shows, ask questions, meet other shop owners and ask questions.
I am wtih Paul,, Back up take a deep breath. I tell most to go to some shops and trade shows, see the machines and find those who have done what you want to do.
Paul is correct, if you buy a machine production or a machine from company that is no longer in business you are looking for trouble.
But if this is a machine of interest call Masterwood, and ask them about the controller, do they still have replacements or do they repair and the big question how much longer are they going to support this controller.
I can tell you as a repair tech on various routers, plasmas and water jets, it is the controllers that can be the death of a machine and a retrofit could cost you thousands of dollars.
Most of the other parts bearings, air components, ball screws can be found, items such as spindles, servo motor and drives can be repaired or replaced.
Just ran into a issue of a customer found a older machine great price, problems is we can't use a newer cad/cam program, its going to require a upgrade of 10500 for them to use.
Most of all have a inspection done, I repeat have a inspection done. I don't care who you are buying it from, have a physical inspection done and yes that means even from the big resellers. I have seen everything from brand new machines, machines with minor issues, to machines missing control boards.
SO....PAY FOR A INSPECTION...It will save you a world of hurt.
Slightly different "tact" follows. As you describe your operation, I think the best option to get your feet wet with CNC is a quality used pod and rail with parametric programming capability.