Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

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Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

Postby SparksStudios » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:04 pm

I've had a garage built 3-axis machine for years now. Looking to buy a commercial grade machine with an 4th axis.

It's currently between a Camaster Stinger model with indexer or an Shopbot with a 4th axis. (already dropped Legacy Artison off my list; they never responded to any of my emails.)

Can anyone tell me how easy or difficult it is to use the indexer on either one of those brands?

Thanks so much,
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Re: Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

Postby dan nelson » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:40 pm

Ive owned both machines and like the camaster better, more robust and greater capacity on the indexer, I can go 8' in length if needed. Im not bashing the Bot just my opinion. please send a email direct for more insight if you wish. Dan Nelson nelsonwoodcrafters@yahoo.com
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Re: Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

Postby Rcnewcomb » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:44 pm

I've used both Shopbots and CAMasters for 3-axis work and find them both to be good machines with outstanding support. I can talk about the Shopbot Indexer since I owned and ran one for a number of years. Note, since moving to California I've been without an indexer.

I worked on the initial indexer tutorial which is now hosted on Bill Shober's web site which shows my setup on some pages: ->Link


Here is a link to Shopbot's document for Indexer setup: ->Link

Setup:
The documentation was good setting it up. Phone support was helpful -- though we just needed it to make sure we were doing the right thing.
I'd recommend that you make a custom command for Z-zeroing relative to the center of the tailstock. We set it up so you could zero the bit off the top of the tailstock and it calculated the Z zero to the center. That makes using multiple bits on the same job much easier.

Operation:
The gadgets make Aspire very easy to use with an indexer.
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Re: Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

Postby dealguy11 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:41 pm

I have a CAMaster Stinger 3 with the rotary. I also teach a class for CAMaster on setting up the rotary and using it with Vectric software. It's a quality piece of equipment. Regardless of what machine you purchase, I'd look into the availability of training for the rotary functions, as they do work a bit differently from the operations you'll do on your table, and many of the manufacturers just sell the rotary attachment but don't really know how to use them.

I've been very happy with the CAMaster machine. I should also mention that I used to own a Legacy Artisan, and sold it to get my CAMaster. I've never regretted that change.
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Re: Looking for a new machine with rotary upgrade

Postby SparksStudios » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:10 pm

Thanks for the advice, Everybody!

I went with a ShopBot Buddy. Small footprint but hugely flexible in the size of material it will cut! I can cut small projects on it's 2'x4' table, or with the addition of a 8' PowerStick, I can cut an entire standard 8'x4' Sheet! Really looking forward to it's arrival!

I couldn't go with a CAMaster because of the welded frame and the fact that I have limited access to my basement shop. They laughed when I asked if they had any alternatives to their welded tables.

Meanwhile, I need to move my old junker of a machine out of the way and make room for the shiny new upgrade!

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