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  1. 1. The biggest advances are not getting the...

    1. The biggest advances are not getting the dreaded "Lost Comms" in the middle of a 6 hour cutting job and you have to start over.

    2. Much higher cutting and jogging speeds (huge advantage for...
  2. To expound on Steve's comments, there has not...

    To expound on Steve's comments, there has not been much in the way of progress on the bigger machines. This market is no longer owned my ShopBot. They gave it up by focusing more on hobby types of...
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    Yes. It's purpose to provide a flat, true surface...

    Yes. It's purpose to provide a flat, true surface to mount material on. You can screw it down, but it is recommended to use caulk to attached it to your vacuum plenum. Putting screws (or any type...
  4. Thread: Computer upgrade

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    My 2009 PRS Alpha runs on a Windows 7 Pro...

    My 2009 PRS Alpha runs on a Windows 7 Pro computer just fine. I don't know about the latest version of Windows. The important thing is to NOT connect your CNC control computer to any network that...
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    Wish I was closer....

    Wish I was closer....
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    You will loose some due to friction, but if your...

    You will loose some due to friction, but if your PVC run isn't too long it should be ok. I run 3" main piping necked down to 2" at each zone. The thing that will hit you the most is putting curves...
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    Kenneth, I wanted to move on but I have to much...

    Kenneth, I wanted to move on but I have to much invested in eCabinets and SBLink. I do many cabinet projects each year and didn't want to purchase another cabinet design program. The design...
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    What I see more and more is people posting their...

    What I see more and more is people posting their SB machines for sale as they move to more current and better technology. This forum is dying off.

    It is sad that SB hasn't kept up. My machine...
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    I used 3/4" Baltic Birch (or Appleply - American...

    I used 3/4" Baltic Birch (or Appleply - American equivalent) layered 2 pieces thick, for my table surface (5x8 machine) and 3/4" LDF for my spoil board. The Baltic Birch is very stable. We have...
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    Yes, the fans do go bad. When I had my 2.2hp...

    Yes, the fans do go bad. When I had my 2.2hp spindle I went thru 3 fans in 10 years. Since upgrading to the ATC and 5.5hp spindle, I figure a new fan about every 3-4 years. But I do run my A LOT. ...
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    Ground loops are a big problem when grounding. ...

    Ground loops are a big problem when grounding. When it's done properly, you will eliminate ground loops. The idea is to make sure that you are not relying on a connection between two parts, that...
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    You need to run a ground wire from every part of...

    You need to run a ground wire from every part of the machine that does not have a DIRECT metal to metal connection. For example, a ground wire from bare metal on the spindle to bare metal on the Z...
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    I can certainly feel your pain. My 2009 PRS...

    I can certainly feel your pain. My 2009 PRS Alpha 96x60 took me several months to get operating properly and without to many errors.

    The most significant thing I did was grounding. As a former...
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    I like that Scott!! I might make some and adapt...

    I like that Scott!! I might make some and adapt them to my track system.
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    This is what I use for small parts work. 1"...

    This is what I use for small parts work. 1" piece of MDO, T-tracks from Rockler. T-tracks are sunk about 3/16" below surface of board so I can cut thru the material. I replace this board about...
  16. Thread: Better Interface

    by dlcw
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    The beginning of the end. ShopBot is just NOT...

    The beginning of the end. ShopBot is just NOT keeping up with the advancing technology in the CNC market. Old, outdated, unreliable machine control methods, archaic user interfaces that haven't...
  17. Thread: Donek drag knife

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    Interested. What would shipping be to: 252...

    Interested. What would shipping be to:

    252 Popeye Rose Lane
    PO Box 570
    Newport, WA 99156-0570

    Thanks!!
  18. From Aspire or VCarve, you can control the...

    From Aspire or VCarve, you can control the spindle speed. When creating toolpaths, you specify the RPM's and the correct code is created to set the spindle speed. I use Aspire and the speed control...
  19. No. A 2009 PRSAlpha

    No. A 2009 PRSAlpha
  20. I ran a 2.2hp spindle for almost 9 years. I was...

    I ran a 2.2hp spindle for almost 9 years. I was cutting at 6ips in 3/4" plywood in two passes with a 1/4" compression bit. The spindle is SOOOO much quieter. I ran a Shopbot buddy for about 3...
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    After using 3.6 for many years, I never saw this...

    After using 3.6 for many years, I never saw this problem. If you have a wireless keyboard versus wired, there might be an issue with the wireless connection or the batteries are running low in the...
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    You're absolutely right about upgrading to the...

    You're absolutely right about upgrading to the ATC. I did that last year. Took awhile to get it working but what a huge difference in cutting time and no longer having to change bits. The greater...
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    Eric, That's one EXPENSIVE solution (Blackbox...

    Eric,

    That's one EXPENSIVE solution (Blackbox Hurricane). I was really intrigued when you mentioned it in your post, but lost interest when I saw the pricetag.

    I built my black box using...
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    I've had very weird things happen to my machine...

    I've had very weird things happen to my machine over the weekend. I turn it off Friday afternoon after using it for 8 hours. It goes to sleep until Monday morning after successful shut down. ...
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    I've got two chambers and 4 motors. Has been...

    I've got two chambers and 4 motors. Has been working for many years (at least 9-10 years). Original design from Gary Campbell. Holds anything I want to cut. My issue is I live at 2500' altitude...
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