HD5 or HD4

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HD5 or HD4

Postby rlstemm » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:32 am

Future buying of CNC looking for information about shark HD5 is it a great improvement over HD4 and deciding on standard bed or extended. Thank ahead of time for any input. With little experience Trying to decide which would best keep option open for future projects.
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Re: HD5 or HD4

Postby tonydude » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:04 am

I would go with the HD 5, big improvement over the HD 4 here is info https://www.rockler.com/cnc-shark-hd5-with-extended-bed


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Re: HD5 or HD4

Postby jeb2cav » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:07 pm

I agree with Tony for what it's worth. I've seen an HD5 and there are significant improvements over the HD4. While over the years these increments have been somewhat incremental at times, the HD5 introduces a couple significant changes - particularly in the gantry construction and rails.

As far as the extended bed - if you think you're routinely going over 25" of cutting length/width (depending on your viewpoint) - then the extended bed may be a better purchase. If you're potentially going over that length and go with the regular one - the VCarve software does support a tiling workflow - you can move a longer piece along the table between jobs and get fairly good results with practice and by paying attention.

At the same token, a lot of folks on this forum still using a Shark - ie white control box - and creating some wonderful projects. So if that $400 difference (at least that's what it looks like on the Rockler site right now) is too much, you will be happy with the HD4.
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Re: HD5 or HD4

Postby bill z » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:30 am

as the new technology and abilities increase, the support for the old stuff decreases. I have a much older shark that works for me just fine but I can not expect nor do I receive any support from NWA.

Go with the newer HD5 for future support reasons.

About bed length; just how large a bed will work comfortable in your work area? Like jeb2cav said, the software will allow you to make pieces many many feet long if desired, but their is some hassle.

Tell us what you decided on and welcome!
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Re: HD5 or HD4

Postby rlstemm » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:33 pm

Thanks everyone for the info on the hd5 still have not been able to find one in a store near by to see the unit first hand.
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