@fiero1 I happen to have a FSL laser. And while I’ve made some nice things with it, the amount of problems and lack of support (once they have your money) isn’t worth it in my opinion. They are “assembled in the US”, using parts from outside the US. I have what they call a 45 watt tube but everyone else sells the same tubes as 30/35 watts. I do cut 1/4" acrylic but it’s not the fastest and the odor by the time it’s done is horrible. If that’s what you want to cut then 80 watt would be the minimum I’d look at.
I think Saw mill creek has a lot of good laser information with different types and what their users use them for.
If I were buying another laser outside the US, I’d probably look at Thunder Laser. For not much more than a FSL you could have had a much more powerful and robust laser including shipping. It is shipped on a slow boat from China but they give you a tracking link that even shows it’s location in the ocean.
I’ve seen a number of Universal Lasers (Made in Scottsdale, AZ) on CL and Offer up. Universal’s are work horses and have great support from what I hear.
Do your research, they’re are a big investment. I did my research but ignored the information that was right in front of me, letting a few good reviews sway me.