Tube Life - Cut vs Engrave - Time to engrave is lots!

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#1

Having seen a few engraves go past now which all seem to be measured in ten’s of minutes, should I be concerned about 500 hours of tube life?

500 hours at 30 minutes an engraved object would be 1,000 engraves, which seems quite short. Whereas 500 hours at 2 minutes for a cut is 15,000 objects!!

Does engraving use more or less tube life per minute?

Am I being unduly worried?

Should I just accept 1,000 items per tube?


#2

Hmmmm…good question.


#3

500 hours isn’t correct (or even close). Tubes are rated in the many thousands of hours of life.

You will see similar lifespan with both cutting and engraving - we estimate 2 years with medium-use (basic) or heavy use (pro).


Discussion of March '17 update
#4

That’s something I’m not worried about, tube will last what it has to last (a couple of years at least). It is like to have a Dodge Challenger and being worried about fuel consumption. :yum:


#5

Also engraving is at a much lower power 1 to 5% is what I have been using and that makes a difference from what I read.

I’d go through the tube replacement cost of bandsaw blades at the rate I break them in 2 years. It’s relative, I guess.


#6

Thanks Dan, I’d forgotten to 2 years - not sure where I got 500 hours from;… Thanks for the correction.

In the meantime, is there some kind of measurement of the difference between cutting and engraving?


#7

$500 was the original estimated price of a new tube. I don’t believe there is final pricing on parts.