17in Y axis cut Shapeoko 3 XL

I always thought my 3 XL had a maximum Y axis cut of 16 in. At least this is what the specs were saying. Well today I was pleasantly surprised!
I cut a 16.75 in long rectangle in plywood on my Y axis.
The rectangle was placed 1/8 in from my toolpath 0 and it was an outside cut! So it actually traveled very close to 17 in!
I added another 3/4 in spoil board over my existing spoil board and I was able to utilize the extra Y axis travel but I thought I would still be limited to 16 in.
I needed to cut some 16.75 in x21 in speaker baffles for a customer and now I can do it!
Necessity is the mother of invention along with some luck LOL!

Guy
www.ampguy.ca

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Great that you figured it out but why did you not just rotate the project 90 degrees. The XL has a 32" cutting width.

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Hi Guy. The baffle was actually 20in wide for my 1x12 speaker cabs so I needed the extra width of the x axis for that cut. I used the shorter y axis for the 16.75in cut.
I think down the road I may get a bigger machine just to make these large cuts easier to setup but for now it works great!

Cheers
Guy

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I have a SO3 XXL and I have used the full capacity a few times. It is an old saying:

“Better have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it.”

Some day I may sell the SO3 and buy the 4x4 SO5. However the SO3 XXL meets my every need right now but I can dream. Due to my cheap nature the SO 6,7 or 8 may out when I get ready.

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