Video by Russ Sadler
Buying your first laser machine: This is not a machine comparison video that helps you choose the best machine.
No, this honestly discusses the key points to look for in your new purchase and all the dishonest marketing and sub-standard products that are being sold.
At the budget end of the market, any machine you buy from “flea bay ” will be built from many B-grade components. The machine will work “in some way” but as a naïve newcomer to the technology it is likely that you will be blaming your lack of technical prowess for the poor results you achieve. You have nothing to compare it with and it is the fascination of owning a super high tech LASER machine that is being exploited by the Chinese as they sell you a sub standard version of your dream.
Don’t assume this is a total scam, because if you choose the right basic mechanics, despite the substandard main components, you are getting a basic CNC machine at a bargain price. Add about 25% of the purchase price for a new tube and spend some time setting up the machine properly and you will finish up with a reliable piece of kit for a fraction of the price you will pay for a “supported ” plug and play machine imported via a third party local company.
Here, the facts about the industry are laid bare and I hope this will help you negotiate the purchasing minefield you are just about to enter. It is really a matter of choosing the least worst. I have had 6 years of amazing fun from this technology even though I admit to being one of those naïve dreamers when I bought my first machine.
Over the last 6 years, Russ has built up a formidable YouTube following for his RDWorks Learning Lab series which currently has over 218 videos.
The original RDWorks Learning Lab series on his “Sarbar Multimedia” YouTube Channel, follows Russ as he tries to make sense of his new Chinese laser machine and to sort out the truths, half truths and outright misleading information that is available on the web.
Six years later with over 4 million YouTube Views under his belt, Russ has become the go to resource for everything related to the Chinese CO2 laser machine user or wannabe user.
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Last updated August 26, 2021
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