Your guide to choosing the perfect CNC Router with Scott and Sargeant
What do the different axis mean?
CNC Routers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, Scott and Sargeant sell compact Powerful CNC Routers with bed sizes from 60x90cm to 210cmx300cm (10ftx7ft). Our Powerful Tigertec CNC Routers are usually operate within 3 axis XYZ, meaning they travel on the X (cross) and Y (linear), while the Z (vertical) movement of the Spindle. If the CNC Router is 4axis, it infers the machine has an additional movement outside of the 3axis. A 4axis CNC Router may be a 360 degree rotational head on the spindle, which enables collection of an aggregate, to transverse the vertical RPM to horizontal RPM. This horizontal power could be used to mortise a lock, power a sawblade, or drill into the side of a panel using aggregates. Or a 4 axis CNC Router could be a lathe attached to the CNC Routers bed, enabling asymmetric lathing, or a 4axis CNC Router could be a fixed horizontal router head. While a 5axis CNC Router moves the cutting tool across the X, Y and Z linear axes as well as rotates on the A and B axes to approach the workpiece from any direction. Powerful 5axis CNC Routers are used to carve intricate 3D shapes or detailed carving. Though a lot of 5axis CNC Routers capability can now be completed on 3axis CNC Routers using Carving software such as Vectric Vcarve Pro and flipping the workpiece to machine each side.
Do I need a Tool Holder?
CNC Routers are often sold with or without auto tool holders. With auto tool change, there’s a higher upfront cost because Tigertec auto tool holder are supplied with powerful 9Kw HSD electrospindle -more powerful than a regular 6Kw non-automatic tool changer CNC Router. The CNC Router tool holder collection device requires pneumatics to collect the tool holder. The CNC Router controller is also more sophisticated to locate and collect the Tool. The higher upfront cost of an Auto toolholder CNC Router will generally pay itself back with efficiencies in a short period because routing is generally automated from the start to the end of the process eliminating costs or errors.
All of Scott and Sargeant's CNC Routers are supplied with optimisation supplied by Vectric V Carve Pro as standard. Vectric software, comes with an online community, dozens of plug ins, and unique features like reverse routing which enables full 3D carving. It also saves you money, Vectric calculates the most efficient way to run toolpaths plan vectors and optimises the number of shapes you can cut from a panel minimising wastage.
Nesting Table or POD and Rail?
Generally a Flat Table Tigertec CNC Router is used for nesting, so the machine runs vacuum pumps under the bed to secure the workpiece down such as usually 10x5ft sheets of MDF. The Powerful Vacuum pump secures the workpiece through a porous sacrificial board of 12mm MDF laid out on the bakelight machine bed, to both protect the CNC Routers Bed, and to eliminate material breakout. On top of the sacrificial sheet, you lay your workpiece.
A Vacuum Pod and Rail CNC Router is used for general joinery. Often involving hard and soft wood as opposed to panels. This is so that the CNC Router head, can get lower down beside the workpieces to lock mortise or drill into the edge of the work piece.
On a hybrid-style flat bed CNC Router such as the Tigertec TR510ADXL has an extra high Z axis capacity to mount vacuum pods directly onto the flatbed vacuum zone valve and use the machine as a vacuum pod machine. Effectively an ‘all-in-one’ CNC Router capable of both Nesting panels, and processing Joinery.
CNC Routers can process a diverse range of materials. Aside from Routing Wood, they also mill solid Aluminium; faster-using add-on automatic oil spray lubrication. Composites materials such as ACM, HPL or SGL, Plastics or other non-ferrous metals.
CNC Routers used to be considered expensive but recently the costs have reduced significantly. Cheap CNC routers are a ‘dime a dozen’ however if your business relies on the CNC Router it’s best to think of the components that the CNC Router is made from and the aftersales you’d expect from a reputable supplier.
Service and aftersales from Scott and Sargeant
Through 20years experience rebuilding used CNC Routers, the distinction we make at Scott and Sargeant is value, not cheap CNC Routers. Cheap CNC Routers are often made using imitation components and because of the highly accurate, hard-wearing nature CNC Routers are used in, Scott and Sargeant sell CNC Routers with quality components and a 2year warranty.
Our high-powered CNC Routers by Tigertec are supplied with components such as; HSD an Italian leader in Electro spindles these are normally supplied as 6Kw or 9Kw. Becker who are a renound supplier of German Vacuum Pumps. Contactors and electricals supplied by Siemens. Inverter power from Delta a leading Taiwanese electronics company. Servo linear motors and Machine drives by Yaskawa the leading name in Japanese Robotics and automation. And add-on features supplied as standard such as Central Lubrication the machine effectively services itself.
Through years of experience and refurbishment of Used CNC Routers we know what fails and how important the sum of the parts is built on a quality heavy duty engineering. TigerTec machines are built on a heavy 8mm thick steel base that is rectified, stress relieved,then machined and ground as one piece giving excellent repeatability and accuracy. The steel gantry is reinforced throughout, it is heat treated and anealed which results in class leading accuracy .
High quality components, heavy duty refined platform, class leading software by Vectric and after sales by Scott and Sargeant. With a huge amount of variety available, your investment in a CNC Router must be the correct one. By dealing with an established company such as Scott and Sargeant who’ve operated in sales of CNC Routers and Woodworking Machines for 30 years, you can rest assured that your machine supplier will be here for you tomorrow.
With fully informed pre sales, sales and aftersales experts. Scott and Sargeant offer obligation-free demos, customers can bring material samples to guage the finish, in full confidence the CNC Router they’re considering is right for the process.
Once a CNC Router sale is agreed upon, we offer free training at our site prior to delivery. Delivery can be by way of Tail-lift, for compact CNC Routers up to 60x90cm or for larger Mahcines curtain sider or Hiab.
Unlike other suppliers of CNC Routers our whole range is supplied with 2yr Warranty’s this covers parts and labour. So you can rest assured not only are you getting a quality high value CNC Router but also the level of after sales support you’d expect.