Like many others we have succumbed to the urge for a cheap laser cutter. What started as a $200 purchase quickly doubled, but that’s still a fraction of the cost of an expensive one. Why do we what it? That’s a not very well hit secret.
The ubiquitous blue Chinese freight truck drops the crate on the corner in the rain. We use our huaqiangbei style cart, courtesy of Oomlout, to wheel it home. It took 7 days from ordering on Taobao to delivery.
The laser cutter in the crate.
So everyone has issues with these cheap cutters. Our biggest issue is two capacitors from the power supply rolling around in the crate. These didn’t just pop off, the leads are seriously messed up. There’s no way this went into the box without the packer noticing. They weren’t even in the electronics compartment, they had been tossed into the side of the crate with the accessories. Not sure we are daring enough to fix this here. Aftersales service will call tomorrow.
A lead from the psu has snapped. It obvious why, the cable isn’t long enough for the compartment lid to open at all. Any force at all with break the entire assembly. Easy fix though.
A random wire out the side and tied. Assume this is an unused lead from the optional water pump detection and kill switch.
A laser sight was supposed to be included but was completely missing
Assume they will send it and we can install it.
The 50w laser tube is intact though. There is an extra broken zip tie of unknown origin.
The optional honeycomb insert doesn’t remotely fit the cutter bed. Not sure how it is supposed to be used at all.
Dissapointed? Absolutely not. At least not yet. We researched before making the purchase and expected some issues and bringup issues. Comments on taobao also related issues, but the service team supposedly deals with them quite well. The snapped caps are a bit alarming, but we’re five minutes from the biggest electronics market in the world and a qualified repair person will have it fixed in a few minutes.
These are first impressions from the WordPress mobile app while waiting for ribs. Full review coming once we have a chance to fix it up and play a bit. Oh yeah, and cut some free…