Laser CNC - What is the thickest....

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  1. SeanH

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    Hey all

    I am in the throes of complimenting my CNC router with a Laser CNC. It will be 1400x900 with a drop table.

    SO the BIG decision is 130w or 150w. Yes a no brainer BUT cost difference is a BIG consideration.

    What is the thickest acrylic you have needed to have cut? I need to make a decision before i order.

    I need to justify the extra for the 150w IF i know i will cut a lot that will use the power.

    Make sense? :)
     
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    as in bigger is better!? :whistling:


    what is the prices difference between 130 and 150w?
    What thickness acrylic can the 130w cut compared to the 150w?
     
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    HAHAHA yes bigger is always better LOL

    Depending on $/R it can be 20k-30k believe it or not. the 130 can cut acrylic 20mm thick the 150 up to 30mm thick. BUT the 130w runs at 85% normal and i can up the power as needed to 150w BUT that strains the tube if used a lot. So if i am going to cut a LOT of 30mm then i get the 150w rather.

    I am leaning towards the 130w from an economically driven thought process.

    It is coming from the States so shipping alone is around R13,000 THEN when it lands it is customs and VAT... OUCH... so i wanted a 2mx3m but costs to ship are stooooooopid
     
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    There local guys that develop these machines. SA Argus springs to mind. Not sure how they compare price wise.
     
  6. SeanH

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    Hey @Momo

    When i was buying my first CNC i did the homework and South Africans guys wanna be million airs in some cases with 2 sales.

    Also the response you get is slow. Funny enough it seems the farther you are from a supplier the better the service LOL
    Also with the guys overseas you get a lot of free stuff with it. IN SA you pay for every little thing. When you pick it up and a washer rolls out they ask if you want it or not. if so they adjust the invoice to reflect the extra.

    We live in a strange land.

    Funny enough if push comes to shove i can build my own - it's just time.
     
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    The SA machine is around R70k MORE than the one imported - EX VAT!!
     
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