Robatoy (in email@example.com)
|| It was when I added up
|| the prices on this general type of equipment that I decided to
|| apply the crowbar for my ShopBot.
| OH!.. It's YOU again! *S*
... the voice of reason!
| You make too much sense. Maybe it is because of that little nudge
| here, and little nudge there that I get from you on a regular
| basis, but a Bot is in the 2006 budget... at least the expansion of
| shop space is.
Take a little time to look around at used 'Bots and at some of the
recent [ahem] Chinese offerings. If I had it to do over, I think I'd
still go for a ShopBot because of the support available from the
company and other users - but I'd have waited for a really good deal
on a used machine.
| I just may have to rough it without the Colombo spindle for a
| while.. without the ArtCAM Pro software...without the big vacuum
| system...I have build-up systems before, in fact, I think that's
| what I like best about business..the growth.
The 5HP spindle is a delight; but I don't have any of the
razzle-dazzle software - and my big vacuum system is a recycled
refrigerator compressor and a set of pucks. Do plan on having dust
collection in place from the very beginning.
Also take a bit of time to look around for alternate sources for the
Colombo. You may find it available for less than the ShopBot price --
and there /are/
other good spindles available (both new and used).
| Thanks for all the input, and I wish you the very best Christmas and
| prosperous 2006.
I wish you the same; and that 2006 is the year of the 'Bot for you -
and that you make it pay for itself before the year ends. Feel welcome
to call if I can be of help.
| PS.. it's that piece of solid surface material on the fore-ground of
| this picture that tells me all I need to know (from an accounting
If you're getting really serious about this, join the ShopBot Forum
and read it every day. Major new items this past week have ranged from
a tutorial (from Quebec) about cutting curved moldings to a new blog
(from South Africa) with a /lot/
of photos showing how to set up and
do all kinds of interesting things with the 'Bot.
DeSoto, Iowa USA