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    Question Help with pricing a used ShopBot!

    I am on the verge of purchasing a ShopBot (I believe PRS standard benchtop) but neither I or the seller have any idea as to how much its worth at this point so as to agree on a fair price. Here are some specifics if anyone can help.

    Purchased in 2001. Came with the Makita 2.25 hp router? Is a bench top model but not sure if its the PRS or PRT standard. Has the 24" X 32" Cutting area.

    If anyone can give me an idea as to roughly what this should be selling for it will help me immensely.

    Thank you in advance!
    Mark

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    I'm NO expert on these machines, but I doubt it is a PRS if it is that old.
    Tom Bachman,
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    Any idea how much its worth? The seller says that it works great and I believe he even sent the control box back to ShopBot to have them go through it and give it a clean bill of health.

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    Here is a newer one that is still for sale
    http://www.talkshopbot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19046
    Kyle Stapleton
    River Falls Renaissance Academy
    Math/Technology Education Teacher


    PRS Alpha 96x60 2.2 hp spindle, Double Air drills, 6" indexer, Fein 5 zone vac table
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    Would you buy a 13 year old computer? Personally, I wouldn't. Everything in that machine is past history. Regardless of the price, I think you'll find it frustrating and difficult to work with.
    ShopBot Details:
    PRS Alpha 96x60x12
    4hp Spindle
    12" indexer
    Aspire
    Rhino

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    Quote Originally Posted by coryatjohn View Post
    Would you buy a 13 year old computer? Personally, I wouldn't. Everything in that machine is past history. Regardless of the price, I think you'll find it frustrating and difficult to work with.
    i wouldn't be so quick to dismiss an older machine...they may be a little slower and not look as nice but they get the job done
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    Benchtops were PRT era. Still a good workable machine especially with a 4g control upgrade so they can run more current software. If it has the original controller I'd want to put less than $1500 in it as you'll probably want to buy Vcarve or Aspire and an updated control box to go with it.
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    The thing has decade plus aged electronics, motors, switches, bearings and the rest. How much upgrading and replacing is it going to need to be comparable with a newer generation machine?
    ShopBot Details:
    PRS Alpha 96x60x12
    4hp Spindle
    12" indexer
    Aspire
    Rhino

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    I understand John's point, but disagree. If you could get it for a $1000 or so, add a 4g control and vcarve pro, you could have a pretty good machine for around $3k - $3500, which is about $2k less than a new desktop and it has a larger usable area. (need to check current cost of 4g or RBK upgrade with shopbot). The motors are probably fine if it hasn't been abused, and bearings, pinions are inexpensively replaced if needed. If you're working with something the size of a desktop or benchtop, speed isn't terribly important, the accuracy with a 4G or RBK is very good, it would make a good starter machine or second machine.

    The main disadvantage to using the machine as is would be DOS based control software and the dated CAM software that came with it. For me, Vcarve would be the first priority update, with new control box second.
    Ken Zey
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    John,

    Keep in mind, Gene started out with one of the oldest models, refutbed it and started his business that way. That PR is still in operation an making him rich along with a newer Chinese CNC.

    I'd suggest $750. as a good price as long as it's in good working concdition. Wondering if it had software with it?

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