We had some unexpected funds for our youth programs, so we decided to upgrade our 2/2017-era XXL Shapeoko with some new bells whistles.
We already have a T-track set, Suck-it and Touch Probe (BitZero now apparently) (but dying to swap the alligator clamp). We opted for the Makita our main board is fortunately a v2.4d
Being delivered is the following
- Bit Setter
- Z+ (Z plus)
- and smaller items (Shapeoko HD Eccentric Nuts, Precision Collets & Corner Square)
Questions for you more experienced folk:
I have heard that the Z+ may not reach the T-track wasteboard which is on top of the baseplate. Is that correct? That seems a touch strange if so, but options are to mill a new bracket or add anther 1/2" or 3/4" sheet.
- What is typical clearance between the wasteboard and a standard bit? Our kids mill a lot of 2" foam, will that be an issue? (we could switch to 1" or 1.5" if needed.)
I presume that our Suck-It will not directly fit back onto the Z+ - Correct?
My hope is to make things as easy as possible for youth & staff to experience milling – Any great guide developed on machine operation with the new features? (Obviously they each have their own video examples independently)
Also, is the best practice still to remove feet and set on foam? Any other details? (We’re having issues with sag that we want to fix as we complete the other upgrades)
Any guidance on finding the Z+ upgrade instructions?
Thanks in advance for your insight!