Thanks again David.
In your opinion, what are the “Ideal Numbers” for a 48" x 48" work area ?
there is no ‘ideal number’, it’s all a trade off for size (horizontal and
also, when designing, and laying out my tool paths, is more acurate to work left to right for example?
if you are cutting a slot through new material, left right doesn’t matter (up
if you are cutting to widen a slot, then direction matters, but it’s climb cut
vs tradtional cut, not up/down/left/right
I keep hearing that the “problem area” are top center, and bottom corners.
yes, the top center has the most tension on the chains (and most load on the
motors) so if you have any problems with power, this is where it will show up
the bottom corners have the least tension of the far chain, so if you have too
much tension on the slack side of the motor, it will show up here. This is also
where chain sag is going to be the worst. This is also where you have the least
force to move you away from the far motor, so your max cutting speed is less
(and if you are going to have the sled stick, this is where it will happen)
I also hear that the square cutting area is actually more desirable to combat these problem areas.
no, it’s just avoids the problem areas on a standard size machine, if you narrow
the machine, you will still have problems in the bottom corners of your square
the wider the machine, the more force is available in the bottom corners (and
the higher the force required in the top center)
the taller the machine, the less force is needed in the top center (and the less
force is available in the bottom corners)