Ordering my machine as soon as my direct deposit hits, but I’ve been trying to pick up other necessary bits as I go.
I’ve given Drillman on eBay a chunk of change, but I have also ordered a Bosch colt and an assortment on Elaire collets to fit it.
Got the Bosch in, and I’d totally forgotten how loud 16000rpm is on one. I know the quiet cut spindles are quiet by design, but is the DeWalt on 1-2 speed drastically quieter? If so, I may have a colt and collets up for sale soon
I third this! I planed on always having my dustboot and shop vac going until I realized how loud the damn thing is. I only turn it on and off as I need to collect big clumps of dust. If you are worried about noise I’d consider building an enclosure, otherwise earplugs are cheap.
Sound (and loudness) is subjective. I personally think any router is too loud for a CNC. It’s one reason why I’ll be going with a water cooled spindle. You can check out the quiet cut spindle here, but some feel it’s more of a dremel on steroids than a full router, so make sure it will cut everything you want to cut before you order it.
I’ve got a newborn she is 2 months now. I rock my machine almost 8 hours a day in the basement. She sleeps almost all day on the floor above. Run the machine above much as you can and they will get used to the sound aND sleep through it. Or maybe I just got a lucky baby.
I bought my xcarve from a former owner that swore by the bosch colt, but he ran it in a giant open space shop and in my tiny space it was unbearable so I got the 500W quiet spindle and its almost silent and seems to keep up with the cutting power, plus can be controlled via software to match material settings in easel.
If you don’t already have a router, you can spend a little more and turn that new colt into a plunge router and use it to finish the edges after cuts or put it in a router table.
The colt is my 8th router. I’m going to likely build an enclosure for it, as I’ve already started a full reboot of my garage/workspace.
I had considered framing in a separate “room” with a ceiling NOT coupled to the floor above as an alternative. Only sound would come through the air inlet vents and outlet fan. And the cost difference between that and ply/acrylic windows etc might not be bad
All of this points to the 10k rpm base speed on the Makita. And the body of it has a much larger engagement area for the mount. But, I’d have to use the Colt to make the Makita mount, then buy another router to pull that off… or try my chinese-makita-clone MLCS rocky 30