Posted November 4, 2013
The Vcarve software that comes with the Shark is top notch; easy to learn and use. The machine it's self is ok for very light work as long as you use very light cuts at slow feed speeds. The frame is too flexible for heavier cuts. If the material you are cutting has heavy grain or other hard spots the frame simply tries to flex around the hard point. As I never expected the Shark to be a heavy production machine this was not a problem. My main complaint with the machine is the pathetic control panel software. The control panel and NcPod controller are proprietary and locked to only options and accessories the company decides you need; not what you want or need. The attempt to lock you into only options and accessories supplied by the manufacturer of the machine seems to be short sighted. I was lucky here as I had a controller based on Planet-CNC's MK/2 controller and their excellent controller software. Now I have access to nearly all the options and accessories in the market place. A CNC router without a remote pendant is like a car without a steering wheel. I used the Shark control panel for several months, making many small projects and some circuit boards. The results were good once you learn to deal with the machines limiting factors. All in All I am happy with the machine with the replacement of the controller and control software.
Being totally new to cnc with...
Posted August 18, 2013
Being totally new to cnc with no technical background, I had two issues that were not addressed in video or manuals: First, after following the directions to put the gantry on, it printed right to left not left to right. I ended up turning the gantry 180 degrees and it works fine. Second, ok and I am now embarrassed to say this but I didn't know to zero the machine in the shark control panel. I can find no reference to it in the help section though perhaps it is there - had a hard time until I figured that out. Perhaps this will save someone else the hassle. Now that those issues are behind me, the machine is solidly built, responsive, and performs the exact formula or code you write. I love that part of it. Overall it is a great machine that will see much use in my sign shop. Had some doubts this morning but those are gone now. I would definitely buy this machine again. Soon going to be the most used tool in my shop.
When placing my order, I chose...
Posted April 3, 2012
When placing my order, I chose the cheapest, slowest method of delivery. I received my shark about one and a half days later. Though I can't rate the product itself yet, Rockler did such an excellent job shipping the machine that I had to drop a comment. Absolutely excellent and extremely fast delivery.
After all the trouble I went...
Posted August 19, 2011
After all the trouble I went through with the Craftsman, I took it back and now I have the CNC Shark. I Love the result & how much quiter it is. Easy to get the job done in a short time and I learned to work from all the training online and now I can do everything. I will buy another one.Please don't make my mistake, buy the CNC Shark. Its so strong & goes so smooth though the hardest wood. I work 4-8 Hrs a day non stop and I have the perfect result everytime. Good luck to everyone.
I received my Shark CNC router...
Posted June 22, 2010
I received my Shark CNC router about four weeks ago. After a lot of research, I bought the Shark largely on the strength of the reviews I read on here along with its affordability and size. I have not been disappointed. It is as advertised in every way. I bought the 1/4" and 1/8" precision collets for the Colt router although I'm not sure I had to. The 1/8" collet is good for those 1/16" end mills that are so good for details. The 5.5 VCarve program can get done almost anything I want to do. If something eventually breaks down, we'll see who will come to my rescue and how helpful they will be. But for now, everything is working perfectly and I am having a ball.