Hi all! I'm brand new to the forum but have been lurking through already answered questions for a few weeks. I'm about to take the plunge with the AR8 Basic, but need to decide where to put it - options being between my basement or my shed. The shed makes more sense from a noise and dust standpoint, as the basement is half shop and half living space, but I live in Canada where winter can become quite a doozie.
I'd searched around for about an hour or two on the question of cold, but couldn't find anything specific enough about risks of weather. So I ask: are there any advisories against keeping this machine in a non climate controlled all-wood shed where winter months can dip to -20C / -4F, and now that I think about it summers that can get upwards of 30C / ~90F (with 40C/100+F not uncommon)? Are any parts or components going to suffer from the temp and humidity changes in the seasonal cycles in an outdoor wooden shed?
There are sheds, and then there are sheds. I know someone with a shed that isn't heated, but it's insulated, dry, and very weather tight and it probably would be fine assuming that you keep the antifreeze in the coolant to spec and don't actually try to operate it in the extremes. But an uninsulated shed where temps swing wildly and unprotected steel would flash rust? No.
Do you keep your other power tools in it? Would you keep your desktop computer out there?
(edit - I just saw you said Basic, so ignore the part about coolant)
A good note about the desktop for comparison. Thanks Loren. I do keep a few power tools in the shed, but i can definitely see the big difference between something like a belt sander and a finely tuned CNC with many moving parts and delicate instruments. Thanks Loren.
Hi. I live in Canada also and I wouldn’t keep it in an wood shed like you mentioned. I know this reply is old but hopefully you read it. I keep my shop which is actually my 3rd garage which is part of the house no lower than 10 C. One thing you will notice when you do a Z zero with the touch off puck it will take a few seconds in colder weather versus a quick tap once the computer box starts to warm up. I have an AR6 basic and would never keep it in an uninsulated shop or shed. Not good for electronics or bearings. Hope you like your machine. Bentley
Hi I had a 3 year old Iconic cnc and I have it in my garage I have little heat on, I live on Vancouver Island Canada so temp is not too cold, and the old one worked fine. I just got a new Axiom Iconic 24x24 CNC one day I turned it on and tried to home it the z lifted up but the X or the Y would not move I shout it off and turned the heat up for 2 hrs. tried it a gain and it worked just fine, so it has to be warm to use it.