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  1. #1
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    Default Looking for a Desktop

    I've found a couple but really have no idea of what is a fair price.

    What say you?

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    Bud,
    It's wildly variable depending on year/use/and what comes with it.

    When we bought 2(2013 and 2014) they came with only a 4" Z travel.
    About April 2015, they came with 5.5"Z...You WANT the 5.5".
    Shopbot carried a Z Retrofit Kit at a reasonable price and we redid both machines and love the extra travel.
    IF looking at a 4"Z model...make sure to call Sales and check price and availability.....They'll Need the brand of the Z-Rail(there were 2 different rails used)see pic.

    I forget the year that they Improved the Desktop to twin motors on the Y axis.
    That allows you to remove some deck and work on the vertical, makes a difference if you want to work on the end of the material(dovetails/etc.).....Mine has a center Y screw, so only a few inches if you tried it.
    Another thing about the older ones was it had a one-piece welded frame(I love it)that's solid as a rock....
    the new twin Y's have a bolted frame, but I have no experience with them.

    IF you can, try to get spindle for your ears/torque/and rpm adjust ability....That changes the price up right there, but worth it.
    Version of VCP isn't that much of a concern for you, but may want to check with Sales on selling it(?) I don't know if you can separately, usually sold with the machine,IF it's the original owner, and then think it was $50 TRANSFER FEE.

    Then there are the hours on the machine/what they cut/and the care they took of machine.
    Bit's and extra collets/nuts obviously have to be added.
    Same with various spoilboards/jigs/and other hold downs.
    Same with computers/stands/etc.
    4'th access? I know someone who sold his with 2 jewelry lathes.
    If owner tosses in a morning of training...take it
    Crating and shipping...or pick-up?

    Hard to add all the variables...but usually between 50-75%...60% seems average(?) Just ballpark.
    Every machine seems to have a different package.
    My e-mail is in my info if questions.
    scott
    Darn.....Whole .pdf for 5.5"Z retrofit is too large, but here's the Rail Identification that Sales needs. I can send whole .pdf if you need it by e-mail.
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    scott P.
    2013 Desktop/spindle/VCP 10
    Maine

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    Thanks for the detailed response. Just the info for which I was looking.

    pdf to bmwbud@gmail.com please.

    Thanks

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    Found one and brought it home last week.

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    Congrats Bud!
    scott P.
    2013 Desktop/spindle/VCP 10
    Maine

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    Thanks Scott. lots to learn but most of it is most likely to be found on this forum

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