Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Extend life of extra laser tube

  1. #1

    Extend life of extra laser tube

    I ordered an extra Reci 80W laser tube when I purchased my laser. G. Weike tells me I should fire the tube once per month to keep the tube in good condition. I thought this was interesting, thought I'd pass it along.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    3,818
    Sounds like a ---- to me more trouble then what its worth.Take out the tube put in the new one fire it up take it out and put the other back in . align the mirrors and do this every month for the next 2 or 3 years. I think I'll wait till my tuve dies order a new one and d o it once
    Last edited by Mike Null; 04-17-2018 at 8:37 AM.
    If the Help and advice you received here was of any VALUE to you PLEASE! Become a Contributor
    Rabbit RL_XX_6040-60 watt Laser engraving/cutting machine
    Lasercut 5.3
    CorelDraw X5

    10" Miter Saw with slide
    10" Table Saw
    8" bench mount 5 speed Drill Press
    Dremel, 3x21 Belt Sander


  3. #3
    Yeah, I am hoping I didn't make a mistake ordering an extra tube and having it go to waste on the shelf. Live and learn!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Olalla, WA
    Posts
    1,430
    Not sure why firing it every couple months would extend its life. It would however verify that it hadn't gone bad while being stored.
    Shenhui 1440x850, 130 Watt Reci Z6

  5. #5
    Kind of what I was thinking unless it has to do with getting the gases flowing? Who knows

  6. #6
    Just the opposite, it's normal mode of failure is gas contamination caused by oxidation of the electrodes (Laser tubes actually have a small amount of oxygen in them) so firing them up once a month etc will shorten their life not prolong it on a stored tube.

    The gasses don't actually flow anywhere (other than in FG lasers) (surprisingly you can turn normal DC tubes into FG lasers)
    Poof! and just like magic the shop keeper dissappeared

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Iowa USA
    Posts
    2,815
    They knew the tube life would be gone after a few years in storage anyway, so the excuse was that you did not follow instructions.
    Retired Guy- Central Iowa. , Ray Fine 20w Galvo Fiber laser , LightObject 40w CO2 Laser and Chiller, MakerGear M2 3D Printer. Qe60+ Vinyl cutter. Automation Tech Chinese 6040 Router running on Mach3 and UC400ETH

  8. #8
    Anyone need an 80W Reci Laser tube? haha

    No, I'll just have to end up taking my chances. Live and learn.

  9. #9
    80 watt Reci... that wouldn't have cost much, did it?
    Best wishes,
    Ian



    ULS M-300, 55w made 2002 with rotary. Goldenlaser 130 watt, 1300x700 made 2011.
    Flat bed 2500x1300 150/90watt 2 tube laser, 2018 model.
    Esab router, 1989, 4.5 x 2.0 m, conv. to Tekcel, and modded a 2nd time.
    HP L260-60". Roland PNC-1410. Mimaki GC-130 SU.
    Screenprinting carousel 6x4 and 7x4 ft 1-arm bandit vac table.
    Corel Draw X3, Illy, Indesign & Photoshop CS2 & CS5, Enroute 4
    Pencil, paper, paintbrush, airbrush & dagger-liners & assorted other stuff.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Iowa USA
    Posts
    2,815
    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Stark View Post
    Anyone need an 80W Reci Laser tube? haha

    No, I'll just have to end up taking my chances. Live and learn.
    Have you unpacked the tube yet? The best way you can extend the life of that spare tube is send it back for credit.
    Retired Guy- Central Iowa. , Ray Fine 20w Galvo Fiber laser , LightObject 40w CO2 Laser and Chiller, MakerGear M2 3D Printer. Qe60+ Vinyl cutter. Automation Tech Chinese 6040 Router running on Mach3 and UC400ETH

  11. #11
    It was $300. Saved on shipping too since it came with my laser

  12. #12
    I think you were not taken care of by the vendor. They took advantage of you really and let you run with it. Now I know who not to do business with. Thanks

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Washington state
    Posts
    215
    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Stark View Post
    It was $300. Saved on shipping too since it came with my laser
    Sale it in the classified section here. I don’t know what State you are in, but if you were within driving distance from me I would gladly buy it from you, chances are, that others might want it.
    Scott
    Rabbit Laser RL-60-1290, Rotary attachment, Corel Draw x6, Bobcad Ver 27
    Juki-LU 2810-7, Juki 1900 AHS, Juki LU-1508, Juki LH-3188-7, Juki LH 1182
    Sheffield 530 HC webbing cutter

  14. #14
    Since the 80 watt RECI I USE every day still works like new after 4-1/2 years, I honestly see no reason to believe one that's sitting on a shelf untouched is just going to go bad. If it DOES, it was likely going to go bad quickly anyway.
    4 LASERS -- Gravograph LS900 -- GCC Explorer -- Triumph 1390 -- Triumph Galvo Fiber
    10 CNC ROTARY ENGRAVERS -- NH C2000 -- NH V3200 -- NH V3400 x2 -- NH V3400CL rotary -- NH V5000 -- NH V5000XT x2 -- Gravograph IS400 -- Gravograph IS7000
    Vinyl: NH 20" vinyl cutter
    Extraction: 3 -HF 'green' blowers, 1 HF 'big' blower
    4 -air compressors, 3 -drill presses, 3 -grinders, 3 -shears, 4 -saws, mini-lathe


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •