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Making the Right E3 Buying Decision

Posted by Keith Havens on

I’ve been doing some basic housekeeping in my shop.  It’s a mess.  I spent the last three weekends sorting, organizing and getting rid of tools I never use.  I found some I bought 10-15 years ago still in their original packaging.  Have you ever bought a tool or an accessory only to end up wondering why you ever bought it in the first place?  We all have.

Over the last year, there have been a few customers who bought the E3 not realizing what they were getting into and have regretted their decision.  I feel their pain.  So, I decided to blog out a gentle warning. Are you listening? Buying an E3 Router/Engraver from BobsCNC is not a good idea for some people.

There’s more to owning an E3 than pulling it out of the box and plugging it in.  Unlike most tools, the E3 does not come preassembled. It is a kit with a lot of parts and components.  Did I mention that it has a lot of parts?  If you don’t appreciate jig saw puzzles and putting things together that you’ve never seen before then take a deep breath and back away from the order button.

And there’s more than just the challenge of assembling the kit.  If you don’t have a background in CAD/CAM you’re going to face the learning curve of mastering some rather non-intuitive computer programs so you can run your E3.  I’m not trying to discourage you.  I want you to make your purchase with your eyes wide open.

If you’re thinking about buying an E3 take a few minutes and read through the assembly instructions, Quick Start Guide, Trouble Shooting Guide and Frequently Asked Questions first.  Also Check out our friends on Youtube:  Brian with WoodenCreationz’  produced a How-to-assemble-an-E3 assembly video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OVNSRvYzyc and Steve3PO, The Tinker Bandit, has an entertaining take on the assembly process with a couple of great ideas thrown in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcMU4z4p7UE&feature=share.

Assembly Instruction: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1563/9873/files/E3.09.pdf?12260939347728685566

Quick Start Guide: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1563/9873/files/E3_CNC_Router_Quick_Start_Guide_04.pdf?15685417668785585896

Trouble Shooting Guide:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1563/9873/files/E3_CNC_Router_Troubleshooting_Guide2.pdf?5060384071101026865

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.bobscnc.com/products/e3-cnc-engraving-kit (see the bottom of web page).

Once you've taken the time to consider the information you'll be ready to make your purchase and we'll be here to help.

Keith

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