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Hello, Im looking into buying my first CNC router machine to cut cabinetry patterns and designs that are very time consuming by hand. We would use the machine as well to cut our cabinet parts.
We are not a high production shop so i dont need tool change and multi head spindles etc.
We have the space but not a big budget.
We want a entry level CNC machine and looking at Chinese made JCUT 1530 5' x 10' CNC machine for $4,600 posted on EBAY. The price includes shipment to a US port.
Can anyone give any advice on this?
Does anyone have experience with this machine?

Bill Member

Try and call the company during your business hours to ask technical questions about the machine.

A good question is, what if it breaks do you have a local technician I can use?

Brent Member

I would suggest calling some used machinery dealers in your area to see if there are any shops looking to upgrade. I bought a 5x10 machine and can say that if I were to upgrade I would probably go with a 4x8 as I have only cut a few 5x5 sheets. Also I can't imagine changing tools out on a single head unit, it would take forever to run a job. I would think that a tool changer would be an absolute must.


Thanks guys. Im gonna try calling the company
Ive seen a few used CNC machines but im a little skeptical when buying used machinery.
Some machinery like table saws and shapers & such is no a brainer when buying used (just need inspect them carefully) but computerized machinery....yeah i dont know.... especially a CNC machine (which i dont have a whole lot of operation experience in)

Jay Bailey


Really now, can't you find an american made router? Or even an Italian one.
But, Chinese?????

Matt Meadows

I highly suggest you call the guys over at CNT-Motion and chat with them. We have one of their routers that has been a cornerstone of our production for quite a while, and we are only now starting to outgrow it. They have been good people to deal with.

Ours does do tool changes and such but if you're doing cabinet parts, even as a 1 man shop, you'll probably be wanting it to do it's own tool changes. Even our older, slow router usually cuts a sheet of wall cabinets (with line bore, pilot holes, back dado, etc) in around 10-13 minutes. If we had to manually change the tool, it would take probably double/triple that time.

I would buy a used CNT Motion or similar with the tool changer before I'd ever dream of buying a new non-changer.

jerry Member

Remember there is import fees and a 25% tariff on it along with broker fees and if you don't have the correct paper work there will be storage fees then you get to pay shipping to your door.

james e mcgrew  Member


5k is 10k , i brought in a piece purchased before the tarrifs were announced, had it custom made, it shipped before the tarrifs were to be enforced. came into Chas. SC and i got to pay a coll 25% more for the privilege of my Vote, Gotta rethink that !

Pat Gilbert

Bad idea

Look around for a used one, make training part of the deal

Look at Axis or Camaster

Maybe you should look at a lease and how much of a monthly payment would fit into your budget.

$4500 is not enough money and the machine will be a bummer, at the very least just sub out the routing or go to a cabinet parts place and have them rout your parts.

10/5/19       #10: CHINESE JCUT CNC ROUTER MACHINE ...
rich c.

A cheap Chinese direct import machine is okay in two situations. 1) You are very familiar with CNC troubleshooting, repair, and the ability to hack it with generic parts. Including replacing the entire controller if necessary. 2) You are a hobby shop and are okay with the machine going down for weeks at a time, if not completely crashing. You need a reliable machine for a business and it needs to run every day, all day if necessary. Good machinery doesn't cost money, it makes money.

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