I am starting this conversation with hopes that it will fulfill my needs and hopefully be of use to the rest of the community.
I love my XCarve, I use it almost everyday and I would hate to be in a position where a machine component breaks and leaves my machine useless until a replacement part is shipped to me (ship time is 1 week for me).
Have you, the community, seen a common part which breaks and would be good to have on hand? I am thinking belts would be good to have on hand, probably power supply too.
Any feedback would be appreciated!
If you’re making money with it and want to cover your bases, I’d start with the following:
-2 lengths of belt (~12 feet)
-1 Z belt
-1 stepper with pulley
-2 roller guides
-2 eccentric nuts/spacers
-1 power supply, including g-shield
-Assorted screws of all flavors, including pulley screws
-Assorted lengths of wire for each kind of wire
-3 homing switches
Basically, if it’s not solid metal you may want to have a spare. Spare eccentric nuts/spacers just because they can be rounded. It’s excessive for the hobbyist, but for a business where downtime is lost money it’s not a bad idea. On the other hand, if you have a business it may be worth just buying a second X-Carve. Double the production capability, and you can just scavenge from one if something on your preferred machine breaks.