Please note that long USB cables have been one possible cause of disconnection — hopefully it’s a good quality shielded cable — if it doesn’t have ferrite beads might want to look into adding them.
Griff how do you like that Laguna bandsaw? I have read mixed reviews on it and I am looking to purchase a band saw here in the next few weeks so figure I would ask your perspective. Thanks
I may be guilty of over-building again. Just got my top made tonight, using what I had laying around the shop. It will definitely be a monster when done. Shapeoko should be here tomorrow so need to get the base done!
You really don’t realize how big this thing can be until you see the base…
Ain’t no such thing as over-building. Precision has to start somewhere, and CNC is an excellent example of the “Wonderful One Hoss Shay” problem where the thing is only as good as the weakest part.
Chad, doesn’t it move around when operating? Do you lower it onto a surface and clamp it down?
Hello @howellusn I just installed the Racor lift in my garage for this exact purpose. I wonder if you have posted any pictures of your setup? Do you have any experience/advice you could share? Do you lower it onto a table to use the cnc or lowering it onto a table of some sort? Lastly, have you replaced the racor metal lattice platform with something else, or maybe attached the cables to the CNC itself?
I just installed the Racor lift for my XXL and have installed it immediately above my workshops torsion assembly table. Lowering the cnc down on to the table and using carabiners to disconnect the cables when using the cnc. I didn’t want to have to deal with swinging during use.
Also, based on @howellusn’s post history, FS: Shapeoko XXL in North Texas, it appears that he uses it on the cables and not on a table.
Check out Performance Tools on the Web. I ordered my Rikon 14" from them, in Michigan, and although they were further away than another supplier here in Indiana they were half the cost on delivery. I like the Rikon and I have it on a dolly with two permanent wheels and two swivel wheels that drop it solid on the floor when not moving it. That savings on delivery paid for other blades.
Nice setup, love all that room!
I have a 4’x4’ table with casters. i am going to remake the top and make a torsion box. The center of my XXL sags a few thousands and I will make the new top and shim as necessary. I have the luxury of a large roll up door and can take my Shapeoko outside when the weather is good under a covered patio. Even with dust control the CNC Router is messy. If you do not have the luxury of taking it outside get dust collection right away. I have a Jet 1.5 HP Dust Collector but a shop vac with a cyclone separator will work. If you do not use a cyclone separator your dust filter will clog quickly. It is not static vacuum that removes the dust is is cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air flow that removes dust. A clogged filter reduces the CFM and reduces your dust removal.
Would you believe an old dinner table with legs cut down, and added support underneath assuming it would hold a tank of water, originally for use in my greenhouse. It has been recycled since it was available for my CNC workbench. I recently bought a couple ea of 2 drawer and 5 drawer file cabinets for my shop and the two 2 drawers went in under the table, fit perfect, and raised the table about 3 inches (much better to work on now). The table is still solid.