Dont Buy Any Hobby Laser Before Reading This…

Dont Buy Any Hobby Laser Before Reading This…

Jul 29

cheap hobby laserIf you’re looking for a hobby laser cutter or engraver then you’ll want to read these money and headache saving tips first.

I’ve been down the hobby laser road a few times on both the importing and recently purchasing domestic.   What may seem straight forward and clear can be surprising to say the least.

I am not about to beat up any company specifically but, if you heed this advice I’ve experienced and picked up from others along the way you should save yourself some trouble for sure.

Top 10 Hobby Laser Buying Tips:


      1. Review the laser company first then their machines.  Work with companies at least 1 year old
      2. Typically hobby lasers priced under $2,500 will make you wish you spent more later
      3. Dont import any hobby laser…or any laser machine for that matter on your own
      4. Only buy a hobby laser on Ebay if you’re single or wanting to learn Chinese.
      5. Dont build your own ‘DIY’ hobby laser
      6. Before buying a hobby laser first call the company and talk to their support tech’s
      7. Ask how the company KNOWS how much wattage is in their laser tubes
      8. Don’t buy from a company with either no 3rd party reviews or frequent angry reviews
      9. Dont buy a hobby machine platform less than a 12″ x 12″ engraving area
      10. Ask the company about a competitor.  If they put them down – move on.


Feel free to comment below to add or edit any one of these.


  1. Ted-E

    Yes, i would vouge for most of this list. Buying direct from China (Cheap CNC / VIP) is way more trouble then you’ll ever anticipate…and importing is just the beginning…ive done it and can say from my own personal experience — buy a laser machine direct from the U.S.A.!!

  2. russ

    Hi Craig,

    Great bit of info you put together!
    Wondering if you could recommend a desktop laser cutter for building small wood models (for architecture). Just for myself, limited use. Heaviest cuts would be thin 1/8″ bass wood.
    Thinking about this. fslaser
    However its rather pricey.


    • barry

      Hi Craig,
      Nice blog you have here (btw, your homepage link is broken 🙂 , I was wondering if you could recommend a laser etching machine or manufacturer for small items like pet collar tags or similar sized small metal objects. Ideally a machine with a small footprint as space is limited here.

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