New To The Forum. Considering a Shapeoko XXL.

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New To The Forum. Considering a Shapeoko XXL.

Post by FatPoppy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:57 pm

Hi All,
I'm new to this Forum.....New to Shapeoko.....New to Vector Type CNC Machines...... I am considering a Shapeoko XXL.

I have had a General i-Carver 40-913 CNC (which is a raster type machine) for about nine years now. I have enjoyed it well. One of my concerns is the belts. Is that a problem? What kind of life/breakage do they have? Are there any "Problem Areas" that should be consider before buying? Is the software easy to learn? I have also questions as to which router is best.

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Re: New To The Forum. Considering a Shapeoko XXL.

Post by WillAdams » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:41 am

The belts are amazingly strong in tension --- some folks have replaced the stock fiberglass-reinforced with steel core belts, and another option is Kevlar. Brandon (ImprobableConstruct) had over a year of hard use on his machine before breaking a belt, and since then we've upgraded from MXL to 9mm wide Gates GT2.

Problem areas are usually a matter of familiarizing oneself with the eccentric nuts, V wheels, and belt tensioning --- all stuff covered by the checklist: ... checklist/

The software is straight-forward --- see: ... tutorials/ --- if you get stuck on a file or project, send it in to us at and we'll do our best to help.

Either router is fine, see: ... act_Router
Shapeoko 3XL #0006 w/ Carbide Compact Router w/0.125″ and ¼″ Carbide 3D precision collets

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