My Preferred Laser Engraving/Cutting Machines

For those interested in laser cutter/engravers this is a list of the ones I recommend and have personally used.

What you want to do with your laser will really be the determining factor is what kind you end up purchasing. I’ve listed a couple options in both c02 lasers and diode lasers. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask ?

If you plan to do a lot of cutting or want to be able to engrave and cut on clear acrylic, or engrave glass then you would want a C02 laser. These are similar in function to the Glowforge, but much more versatile and more affordable. The catch to c02 lasers is that they require cooling. You can’t allow your laser tube to get too hot or it will die an early death. So having some method of cooling is necessary. Personally, I don’t find it that big of a hassle. A 5 gallon bucket with water in it, and some frozen 2 liter bottles of water do the trick nicely!

OMTech 60 watt laser engraver ) – this is the laser I have in my shop in Florida, it’s my main laser and I love, love, love it. It’s extremely large though so unless you have a large area to put it. It might not be the one for you. If you have the space, I highly recommend this laser. It has a large cutting bed of 20″x28″ and it comes in at about 1/2 of the price of the Glowforge that’s much smaller and less powerful. The particular listing I linked to even comes with a super easy to use software for controlling and running your laser. Lightburn is the best software you can get for lasers.

OMTech 50 watt laser engraver ) – I also have this laser that I use regularly. This is the one I keep in my PA workshop since I don’t have quite as much room as I do in FL. It’s a bit smaller than the 60 watt in overall size, but it works just as good. I’ve used it almost daily for a couple years now and have only done minor maintenance to it. It has a cutting bed size of 12″x20″ so plenty of room for most hobbyists. This listing comes with the lightburn software license. The 50 watt laser is the same size working area as the Glowforge laser, and it too costs much less. You will need a very sturdy table to put this on, it’s not a floor model laser like the 60 watt is.

If you really just want to be able to engrave wood and cut some thinner wood ( 3mm thick ) then you can skip the giant c02 lasers and go with a much more affordable diode laser. The drawback to this type of laser is that it’s less poweful than the c02 lasers so it will take you longer to engrave and cut than it would with a c02 laser. The upside to these lasers is that they’re much more affordable, take up much less space, are light and can be moved easily, and don’t require any cooling.

Ortur Maser Laser Pro – My son uses this laser daily! He runs a complete laser engraving business with this laser and has no problem doing it. It’s light enough that he can take the laser to the local farmer’s market with him and do custom engraving on the spot for customers. I love this laser and ended purchasing one for myself just for small jobs so I don’t always have to fire up the big lasers when I only need to do something smaller. With a price of less than $600.00 it’s worth every penny.

Nege 20 Watt 170×170 Engraver ) – I’ve used this one as well and loved the performance. If you don’t need a big work area and plan to do mostly engraving on wood pieces that are precut to your shape and size, this is the PERFECT machine for you. Super affordable at less than $300.00 but powerful enough to engrave wood, leather, faux leather, tile, slate, and more!

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