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25 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 would need to get started and is available in three standard sizes. If a shop needs something with greater flexibility or a wide choice of process areas, AXYZ's Trident Series is a good choice, Hooley says. It is more expensive than the entry-level CNC, but it comes pre-configured with a routing spindle, oscillating knife, tangen- tial knife and vision system. It also includes helical rack and servo motors to deliver smoother and quicker performance, along- side an automatic tool changer and auto- zone vacuum bed management. Warner says that when deciding on which router to purchase, shop owners should consider the maximum material size they want to machine, the type of projects and material and the budgeted amount they can afford to spend. "If you are a high-production shop, the cutting and positioning speed capabilities will be an important consideration, and those needing frequent bit changes in a shop anticipating heavy production may want to add an ATC (automatic tool changer), but this is an expensive option," he says. ShopBot's most popular routers are the The HD Series Model 4896 from Techno. CNC Desktop MAX 36˝x24˝ and its PRSstandard and PRS alpha Gantry 96˝x48˝ models. He adds that potential buyers should make sure the router manufacturer has a long enough history and a good reputation because it is important for when they need parts or technical support. Multicam's Boudria says that the type of CNC router purchased depends on whether or not the shop wants to use it as a hobby- ist or as an industrial piece of equipment. If shops are more interested in industrial use, they will need to find a product that is well constructed and comes with support and training, he says. "All mechanical devices need mainte- nance and support," he says. Shop own- ers need to determine whether the router manufacturer is based in the United States or somewhere else. "Can you get someone on the phone? Do they have parts and tooling in stock?" he asks. These are important questions when deciding on the right router for your shop. Potential buyers also need to consider space and power requirements. The most

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