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    Thank you, Kev. You're right, Google is our...

    Thank you, Kev. You're right, Google is our friend. Much appreciated.
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    I'm making a trophy for a BBQ tournament for a...

    I'm making a trophy for a BBQ tournament for a fallen Navy Seal and will be sure to check out Brands of the World.

    I need the Navy Seal trident badge.

    Are there any other good sources for...
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    FWIW - Clarks has a reputation as being the most...

    FWIW - Clarks has a reputation as being the most expensive supplier in town. That being said, I have bought from them as well as Houston Hardwoods, Masons Mill, Brazos Forest Products and my...
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    I took the plunge and ordered the Trotec rotary....

    I took the plunge and ordered the Trotec rotary.

    Thanks for all the advice. It was a big help!
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    I had heard that two sets of cones was a nice...

    I had heard that two sets of cones was a nice option. Also, that you can make your own custom cones from funnels or with a 3D printer.

    You mention a 4" lens. Is that what you use with the...
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    Trotec Rotary Attachment

    I'm looking to buy the rotary attachment for my Speedy 300 80w CO2.

    Any recommendations on which holder is most versatile - cone, rollers, or chuck? Heck, I noticed they offer three or four...
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    Check out JW Winco. You'll be glad you did but...

    Check out JW Winco. You'll be glad you did but your wallet will hate me. Tons of great items for jigs and fixtures.
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    Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide

    Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide 3061001

    NEW OLD STOCK - Four Available

    $50 Each - Free Shipping (CONUS) PayPal Accepted

    I bought these years ago when I ran a construction company but we never...
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    I just checked and the basic free account only...

    I just checked and the basic free account only gives you 2GB of storage.

    They have a promo that provides an extra 25GB of free storage for the first year but they charge to keep it after that.
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    I'm a relatively new (secondhand) Trotec owner...

    I'm a relatively new (secondhand) Trotec owner and must say that in addition to the machine being built like a tank their service to get me up and running was outstanding.
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    Me, too please!

    Me, too please!
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    I just went through this setting up my Trotec...

    I just went through this setting up my Trotec Speedy 300 80w.

    It turns out that there's a lot of science involved with understanding air movement dynamics. Unfortunately, neither the laser makers...
  13. You guys are great. Thanks for the suggestions....

    You guys are great. Thanks for the suggestions.

    I have let most of my woodworking magazine subscriptions expire because I just wasn't reading them anymore. Less and less useful content (at least...
  14. The Engravers Journal - Subscription Worth It?

    I'm trying to decide if I should get a subscription to The Engravers Journal.

    I'm new to laser engraving and trying to start a business using my Speedy 300.

    I've seen this magazine referenced...
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    That sounds like money well spent! Don't...

    That sounds like money well spent!

    Don't forget to plan for the exhaust. That was the big hold up in getting mine running in my home office.
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    Since you are in the planning phase, I will...

    Since you are in the planning phase, I will suggest that you also need to figure out a way to remove the fumes. This will require an additional electrical circuit and switch for a properly sized...
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    I had Bruce at Design Research Optics mount mine...

    I had Bruce at Design Research Optics mount mine in a new lens holder. I think it was $20 or so more than just the lens. His mounts are machined aluminum but not "color code" anodized or marked for...
  18. Same here except I went with the Minimax FS30...

    Same here except I went with the Minimax FS30 when I couldn't find a dimensional board in my shop over 12-inches. Every square foot of floor space in my shop is precious and all of my machine tools...
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    One last question, please! The new lens came...

    One last question, please!

    The new lens came in and looks great (to my untrained eye).

    Do I need to verify that my focusing tool is set correctly for the replacement lens? Both the existing...
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    I don't have a better way but I understand your pain.

    I had some leather engraved last year and they used blue painters tape for the masking. There was a subtle basket weave pattern in each image...
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    I wanted to thank everyone for their advice and...

    I wanted to thank everyone for their advice and document what I ended up doing.

    As stated earlier, Trotec quoted $395 + tax + shipping on a replacement 2" lens for my Speedy 300.

    I checked with...
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    Any advice on where to purchase a replacement...

    Any advice on where to purchase a replacement II-VI lens other than through Trotec?

    I checked the manufacturer's website and couldn't find it.

    It's supposed to be a 2.0 inch lens but the focal...
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    Yeah, I should have checked it at the time of...

    Yeah, I should have checked it at the time of purchase. Rookie mistake. I found it after getting it home and going through the machine prior to my first use.

    The coating is pretty much gone from...
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    Thanks for the referral. I will check them out....

    Thanks for the referral. I will check them out.

    I definitely want a high quality lens. I am not looking for the "Harbor Freight" version.

    The case for the lens that came with my machine is...
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    How is this working out for you? I just...

    How is this working out for you?

    I just figured out the lens on my second hand Trotec Speedy 300/80 is damaged when I removed it to clean before using for the first time. Basically, the coating...
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