It paid for itself on my first use. I do quasi commercial work (side
business). I find it is much better for sheet stock applications but I
use it almost exclusively for lumber based projects. It's not quite as
well built for that but I can always get it to do what I want with a
It can be a bit of a pain to enter all the various stock sizes.
However, I use it mostly when I am buying dimensioned lumber, such as
Pine 1x8's, 10's and 12's. Thankfully these usually come in consistent
I have found that rather than just entering a wood type of "Pine" and
entering all the various widths under one heading, then, letting the
software completly decide where to put the pieces; I put in Pine8,
Pine10, etc. Then I can assign which pieces I want cut from which
widths. Because sometimes it cuts a bunch of 2" wide pieces from 12"
wide boards when I have 8's or 6's that I would rather use for those
Finally, I like to set it up for cross cuts first. I sometimes get 16'
boards and don't want to rip a 16' board. Since the program is more
for Plywood it almost always wants to do rips first, even when I set
the settinngs for cross cuts. However, I can usually get it to obey by
selecting the individual boards after it's done laying it all out and
reset the the settings to get it to re-layout any boards that aren't
cross cut first.