Recommendations, please

Even though I’ve had extremely good luck with my GF Basic in that it’s been down very little in the four years I had it compared to other people who want to drop-kick theirs into the next county, my latest problem with it has convinced me I need a back-up. So I’m looking for recommendations for an engraver/cutter similar to the Elegoo I referenced about a few topics back, hopefully under $1,000. I’m not looking for a 3D printer, but an engraver to back up my GF if (when?) it’s down. Recommendations/advice/suggestions appreciated.

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Can you refresh us which elegoo you mean?

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There’s a Creality Falcon out there I keep running across, but I don’t know anything about it. And if you Google engraver/cutters, you’ll get a bazillion hits. That’s why I came here for referrals.

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Roly automation has a 30W diode XL machine. Has a large bed and can do quite alot. Check out the Louisiana Hobby Guy videos. Everyone on that site just loves the machine and braig about customer support. The XL has a 24x15 bed.

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Those are diode lasers, so they can’t process the same materials your Glowforge Basic can handle, and their engravings won’t look quite the same even on materials both can process like wood. The best backup for your CO2 laser would be a second CO2 laser. There are a couple Glowforge Basic/Plus/Pro on eBay for $1800-2800 right now.

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A number of folks come here to put their lasers up for sale often at very good prices. If you can have a pro, it would expand your capability and many parts are interchangable. If you had the same laser from a different brand the slight differences (like using Lightburn software) and all the differences in settings etc. would be a huge pia. No matter the brand I would want to stay with the same brand If I was running several machines. If running different kinds for a different range of things that could be different, but even a Spark and a Basic would have the same GFUI.

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