Anyone Using the CS 41?

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby David Egnoski » Tue, May 05 2009, 7:49PM

I cut 4 X 8 sheets on my 45 all the time and sometimes put a scrap 18" X 60" X 1/4" melamine on the back edge of the table. It sits there minding it's business without much attention from me. I've been cutting a lot of solid wood parts lately so I put cover sheets over the unused area to help the vac. Cutting full sheets without the extra cover doesn't seem to be a problem at all.
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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby jerry johnson » Tue, May 05 2009, 8:08PM

I would like to encourage anyone considering either the 41 or the 45 to go for it! I bought a 45 when the 41 was still being tested but I am sure that the only issue with a smaller machine is the size. Thermwood is an incredible company and the quality of their products, along with their support, is second to none. I don't know about all you guys but I try to buy tools that are a lilttle above my current needs, if I can afford it, and usually do not regret it. I find that in time I grow into it. One thing I found out about the larger size of the 45 is you get a much better yield from 5' wide sheets than you do from 4' wide ones. Also, I have profile modeled several different moldings and the 10' length of the table is useful for that.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby pat kohnen » Tue, May 05 2009, 8:26PM

John,
The 41 will physically take a 49x97 sheet. I have heard a rumor that the nesting software or the router travel limits the nesting to 48 x 96 so you can't take advantage of that extra inch. Check with thermwood.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby Jeremy Schiffer » Tue, May 05 2009, 9:31PM

Pat's right, the machine will hold a 49 x 97 sheet. It will make full use of the 49" width, but it cannot make full use of the 97" length... well I supposed you could trick it somehow, but as it is set up it won't nest onto it. That extra inch actually hangs off the spoilboard on the home end of the machine. When we flycut our wasteboards (which are 49 x 97) it flycuts about 96 1/2", leaving a bit of the wasteboard uncut. This actually interferes with placing a 97" long sheet on top of it, so you have to cut your wasteboard to 96" long.
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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby Stephen Tinkler » Wed, May 06 2009, 4:33AM

What is a rotary play back ?

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby DanEpps » Wed, May 06 2009, 5:31AM

There used to be a video on the main Thermwood website showing a Rotary Playback in action. Basically, it is an attachment that allows you to machine a piect of stock on all four sides--like a carved leg. It machines side one, rotates 90 degrees, machines side two, etc.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby David Egnoski » Wed, May 06 2009, 6:05AM

Here's the rotary playback in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcWiFiwCxG0
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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby Stephen Tinkler » Wed, May 06 2009, 6:23AM

Dan / Dave
HA HA Yes just not familiar with the term.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby JohnLashuay » Wed, May 06 2009, 6:30AM

Thanks guys for the additional info. The rotary play back seems like a great attachment, but for our shop I don't see the need.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby DanEpps » Wed, May 06 2009, 6:54AM

David Egnoski wrote:Here's the rotary playback in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcWiFiwCxG0


I looked on YouTube but didn't see it...getting old, not enough coffee. :shock:

JohnLashuay wrote:Thanks guys for the additional info. The rotary play back seems like a great attachment, but for our shop I don't see the need.

-John


It is pretty impressive. I can see it being worthwhile if you had a good deal of work that required matching an existing item, but for mass production you would have to have several heads or it would just be too expensive in machine time. It seems like I've seen a multi-head Thermwood several carving legs at once...I just don't remember where THAT video is either.

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby JohnLashuay » Wed, May 06 2009, 7:15AM

DanEpps wrote: It seems like I've seen a multi-head Thermwood several carving legs at once...I just don't remember where THAT video is either.


Here's the link Dan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV42O09J ... annel_page
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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby DanEpps » Wed, May 06 2009, 7:22AM

Yer makin' me feel older and older, John. :joker:

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Re: Anyone Using the CS 41?

Postby JohnLashuay » Wed, May 06 2009, 7:29AM

DanEpps wrote:Yer makin' me feel older and older, John. :joker:


Awe shucks Dan!! Didn't mean ta make ya fil bad! :joker:
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