I thought I’d throw out some positive comments about the X50 Woodworker. Sorry for the length of this.
I think it’s a wonderful machine which I’ve owned for a little over 2 years and have put over 168 hours of cutting time on it with no problems other than the wireless dongle went out once and OF replaced it immediately. I also changed the brushes in the router once.
Why I believe I don’t have many problems is that this is not the 1st cnc I’ve had and I’ve learned over the years how to set one up right and what needs to be done on a regular basis to stay trouble free.
Background - I’ve been a woodworker all my life and spent my career in a corrugated box factory. Corrugated (or cardboard to most of you), is a lot like working with wood as it generates LOTS and LOTS of dust which means lots of cleanup.
My first cnc was at work where I ran one with a table size of 86x220 inches and again, we did lots of weekly cleanup on it. So going into retirement, I already knew how much maintenance a cnc takes.
At work, I made over 30K drawings, and since retiring, while I don’t have an exact count, I’ve done hundreds.
My OF is actually the 2nd desktop cnc I’ve had in retirement (I won’t mention the 1st one), and it’s a good one. The options I’ve added are:
Drag chains for wiring
Extra ball screw wipers (which I highly recommend)
*I have the OF in a home made sound box with a fresh air blower and dust collection hose.
*I keep a complete spreadsheet of hours ran, bits and wood used. (If there is any interest, I could post a blank copy of it).
*I don’t run it day in and day out (hey, I’m retired!), so I don’t do weekly maintenance, but anytime I’m done with a job, I blow dust out and vacuum.
*Anytime I notice that I’m getting uneven bottom cuts, I tram and flatten the waste board. For tramming, I use something like this: Is your Router on the Level? - CNCnutz Episode 131 - YouTube
*I wipe & oil everything about every month paying special attention to the Z rails.
*Every 50 run hours, I check the brushes (I change them every 100 hours).
*Every 50 run hours I also pull the ball screws, clean them and oil. At 50 hours, there was quite a bit of dust in them which is why I added the extra ball screw wipers. At 100 & 150 hours when I tore them apart, there was MUCH less dust in them which is why I recommend the extra ball screw wipers.
*While I know how to set the depth of bits with a piece of paper, I use a Z depth aluminum block setup for consistency.
*I make sure and follow the Feeds and Speeds recommended for various bits.
*At 100 hours I opened the electronics box and cleaned it out. Due to where I keep it, there was not much dust in it.
*I’ve updated the software for the OF to the latest stable version and have had no problem with it. But I do wish the software had a simple button that allowed you to send the machine to the factory 0:0:0 location even if you have a different Home location set. This would be VERY handy.
*I recently added curtains to the Y rails and they’ve helped keep dust off the rails. Nothing fancy, just heavy clear plastic drop cloth material.
In closing, remember to always keep your electronics & router cool, machine clean and do your maintenance. More is better!!!