Introduction... yes, another one Oct 21, 2020 17:34:41 GMT -5
Post by eagle55 on Oct 21, 2020 17:34:41 GMT -5
I don't know if this is the appropriate spot to post introductions, but my access was just approved yesterday and my machine was delivered the day before. I am so excited that like a newbie I want to post something and too blinded by the excitement to find out where it should be posted, so... here it is.
I have a NextWave CNC Shark HD models and have reasonably been a successful user for a little over 9 years. I selected the Shark at the time and the HD (original) had just come out. Its on its 5th generation now which had many improvements and updates to make it a "decent" machine. I did consider getting something a little bit sturdier than the HD5, so I looked at the X-Carve. I realized early on that although their Pro model that enticed me to look at it appeared to be a better machine than the HD5, they in fact hadn't produced any of them yet and wouldn't have them out until about April of next year. Problem is they wanted your money now (not a down payment to be on a list, but all $7000 or $8000 of it) Wasn't at all fond of that and was even less fond of getting into a radically evolved machine that didn't have a track record.... I had already done that with the Shark HD. I went to the Shark forum to ask if there were anyone that had experience with the X-Carve AND the Shark HD5. No real response but I did get a private message from BOB (who is now also here on the Axiom forum) who made some constructive comments regarding the comparisons but also tossed in a few thoughts regarding the Axiom lines. I have known Bob through the Shark forum and have an utmost respect for him and his knowledge, as we were on the Beta testing program together with others, as NextWave evolved their Control Panel 2.0 program. I wrote back to Bob asking to talk with him on the phone as a now Axiom owner but also demonstrator of the X-Carve and Nextwave products. I wanted him to either "pull me back from the brink or push me over the edge" and I wasn't against either outcome. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) he didn't get my message for a couple of days so I had to self-destruct all on my own and jump off the edge on my own power. However, he picked me up a couple of days later and reassured me that my decision was a sound one. My decision was to buy the AR8 Pro V with stand and tool box. I was a little hesitant at first on the stand as I knew I had the ability to make a good stand, but then in the 9 years that I had owned the Shark I hadn't done it yet, so I wasn't too confident about trying to do that with the time I had available. I have to say for anyone else who might be hesitant.... and a frugal as I am at times.... unless you have a special situation and have a perfect place to put it that is rock solid, you are a fool to not buy the stand and tool box combo. It is a ton of money but I believe it would take a big chunk of the cost for materials and 3 times the remaining cost in labor to design and build one as good. So, money well spent in my opinion. Its arrival was to be about a month or two before I would actually have time to put it together, clear out a new home for it and get it in place. Once I got the stand together and reallized that I was going to have a tough time getting the machine in the shop, I finally decided to expand into the garage with my shop and plan a place that I could roll it into its new home once cleared... which brings me to my first question on the forum. Would like to hear some experiences on how people went about getting the table up from the floor onto the stand right next to it. Have considered 4 guys, one on each corner, picking it up and carrying like a coffin to the stand and place it. A little uneasy with this idea because I can envision one guy faltering and the whole machine heading to the ground. Also considering buying a Gantry Crane ($600 class) which I have needed for other task out in the shop, and strapping under it and lifing up, rolling the stand into place for mounting. Any ideas and experiences would be appreciated.
Anyway, hope this is as good a place as any for an introduction. For those that don't like to read a book, my short version is.......
Hi, My name is Roger, and I'm a CNCaholic