Oh I am so glad others feel the same way about this video. May I suggest you go back and watch a few of Izzy’s videos over the years. Just look at what tools he has in the shop. Most recently it seems he had a large “ATC Router Phantom” in his " Retirement Table Saw Setup" episode. I think this is at best an infomercial.
This also troubles me because as a few of you know, I will be one the first to kick around a 2.2 Kw ATC Elite Foreman. To be a “crash test dummy” there has been some serious horse-trading go on. They will have had my machine for 4-6 months and for that I get a percentage off. The amount of the percentage… well you can do better at Rockler/Woodcraft/HarborFreight sales.
So, I trust my integrity and honor are still intact. I do not want to be contact by ShamWow.
Here is what I wrote on youtube:
Videos like this scare me. While you are correct Izzy you can make money off of the CNC, but it is NOT a money printing machine. I see too often folks with no real woodworking experience see what a CNC can do, and the promise of fast cash and they plunk their money down. Have you been to a Woodcraft or Rockler recently? The market is or is becoming VERY saturated with CNC, it is not like 15 yrs ago.
My guess is that 1 out of 25 make enough money to pay for their machines, and 1 out of 50 make a few pennies. Most “newbies” end up begging for files to cut, and wondering why they can’t sell that carved alligator that took them FOREVER to make. ( I see that Onefinity has already posted your video, guess this is all about marketing)
I am on my #2 or #3 Onefinity machine depending on how you count it. I started with a Woodworker, upgraded it to a Journeyman. I now have a Onefinity Elite Foreman, with a 2.2 Kw spindle (ISO-30) and an ATC. With this setup I hope puts me in the 1:25 category.
*Let me also say I am a retired mechanical engineer, who is taking classes at a community college, There we are running Haas 3 Axis machines, so the knowledge is transferable. Topics like feeds & speed, work holding (soft jaws) and 3D CAM programing. If you are 60 or older these classes are often free. *
Also, the overhead of running a legit small business is big. I get to file state sales tax EVERY month even if I don’t sell anything. Then there is what to charge for what you make. My last project when I went back and calculated time & costs, I ended up paying myself $2.30 an hr with no “profit”. (That project was a $600 consignment) I would be better off financially working at Mc D’s… but again I am retired. On the other hand, if you are considering this as a business, I am you competition.