Bunnings + Masters

Still = customer fail

Tried to buy some 2400x1200x16mm MDF.

Bunnings: we don’t sell MDF in this store.

Masters: we don’t sell large sheets of thick MDF in Masters. You can only get it 600mm wide. What about 12mm thick?

Even with both these companies pissing in each other’s sandboxes, service is the same as ever (if not ever worse). You’d think it would be the best time for the customer as they vie for our attention (and almighty dollar)

Some first impressions

Very early on in the piece, but some initial thoughts.

The CNC Router is bloody heavy – not sure if it is 200kg, but it is a substantial machine, and for this sort of tool, the heavier the better!  There is no flex, nor uncertainty in the movements.

I’m having a little difficulty with the interface side of things, but that is a Windows machine issue.  Wish these things had Mac software to drive them!  Once I have gotten the computer up and running, switched on the CNC, then plugged it into the USB, it seems to run smoothly.

The controller is particularly heavy duty, and although the control box is large, it has plenty of empty space inside.  Not a bad thing for heat dissipation.

Love the fact that the software starts and stops the spindle – that is a nice feature.

There are still some fundamental things I don’t know about the machine yet – spindle speed range for one, achievable resolution for another.  Standard maintenance practices for the machine for a third.

The machine is designed and built by Keith, from YAS Engineering, who is also the inventor behind the Torque Workcentre. Quite the mechanical genius for these sorts of things!  This is one of the smallest CNC routers Keith has made, most are made to order, and some are monsters.  This model however is being made as one you can purchase off-the-shelf as a standardised design.  I just have serial number 0001!

Again it is very early days, but the comparison thus far between the CNC Shark Pro and the YAS Engineering CNC (don’t know what it will be officially called as yet) puts the YAS machine in a completely different league.  Yes, overall it is about $3000 more, but that extra 25% price (price of the CNC Shark Pro Plus) is more than justified by the significant build quality difference, including the quality (and quietness) of the spindle.  I’d say the 250% difference between the two, but that is subjective only!  The previous job was run at 11pm at night.  The entire neighbourhood would have been banging down my door if it was the Shark running the job – that Bosch router is an absolute screamer (and is only 1/4″).  I was also running the machine at about double the feed rate of what the Shark was performing at, and I was limited by the strength of the router bit, not the maximum potential speed of the YAS CNC.

Just jotting down some thoughts as I continue to get to understand the new machine.

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