Overall I am happy with it. Everything is considerably more robust than the original X-Carve (as it should be).
Everything is packaged really well. Early shipments experienced some supply constraints, so clamps and the z-probe came in a separate package. It is my understanding that this will not be the case in the future. Supply constraints also meant that my unit shipped with the original spoil board, but I will be getting one with t-tracks in the future.
The tool kit felt a little cheaped out on, but I found myself using my own tool kit for a lot of things. I am going to keep the 17mm and 22mm open end wrenches at my workbench for the spindle, but everything else is going to be in my tool cabinet for the occasional PM.
Speaking of PM, there is a really nice detail where all lube points are marked clearly on the machine. Greasing the bearings shouldn’t be a problem as all grease points are easily accessible.
With the 25mm ball screws, unloaded movements are louder as expected. The machine has 4 homing switches, 1 for y1, 1 for y2, 1 for x, and 1 for z. The homing switches on y1 and y2 square the machine before you use it, which was a constant issue I had with the original X-Carve.
The surfacing bit that was included is an Amana 45525 1-1/8" carbide tipped board. It took about 27 minutes to surface the entire spoil board, but surfaces all the way to the front and to the back to allow tiling.
Having the spindle run off a VFD to where it turns on and off automatically with the carve is really nice. I don’t want to go back to using a router as a spindle.
I am adding curly cord wrap to the cables for the HMI. A USB and RJ45 run from the HMI to the control cabinet and I just want them to be kept neatly.
The control cabinet has threaded holes on the bottom, but does not have feet. I will be adding actual feet to the cabinet.