Looking at the Shapeoko r, xxl

(Bob zambron) #1

To start with this is all new to me. I have been doing woodworking for many years but have never used a CNC machine. I just recently became very interested in the CNC machines. I’m thinking hard on purchasing the Shapeoko XXL CNC machine. Checking with carbide 3d they no longer have the dewalt or Makita router with it. They now have one of their own sold with it. Does anyone have the Shapeoko with their router and if so how do you like it. I can order the machine without the router and purchase the dewalt separately, however; not sure if it would be worth it.

Thank you


(William Adams (Carbide 3D)) #2

The Carbide Compact Router should be much the same as the Makita, just without accessories, in a different colour, and with a longer cord.

The community has some notes at: https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Spindle_Overview#Dewalt_and_Makita_Comparison including a video:

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(Luc) #3

While the Carbide offering is interesting and priced right, I’m partial to the Makita, I think it is a better product overall. A router is the same wherever you get from. With a bit of research you can find a Makita or Dewalt for $100 https: //www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-6-5-Amp-1-1-4-HP-Corded-Fixed-Base-Variable-Speed-Compact-Router-with-Quick-Release-RT0701C/204247210
You can also get collets in size 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8, 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm from several sources for the Makita and operates at speeds from 10K to 30K.


(Michael) #4

There is a flash sale this weekend live now. You can get the Carbide 3d Compact Router free with purchase of any size Shapeoko 3!! 5/16/2019- 5/19/2019

This router is basically the Makita just rebranded, same specs and a longer cord to boot.

I use the Makita, but will be getting one of these as well… Always good to have a spare.

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(Luc) #5

Not exactly for example the minimum speed is 13000 vs 10,000 for the Makita.

Not certain also that all the Makita collets will fit as it is not indicated.


(Michael) #6

Just letting you know they are FREE this weekend with purchase of machine.

The cost per the dewalt or Makita that was an option before did not give any savings vs buying the router from big box store. So buying the machine with one or without wont save you money vs buying at store… just preference. I bought my router at HomeDepot so I could get same day replacement if anything went wrong.

lists specs.

If you have further concerns about the compact router you can contact customer support 310-504-3637

If I ever have an issue or quick question that’s who I call… They are always eager to help.


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