I currently make a lot of props with a 4 axis cnc but I can see we need to expand to have a 6 axis arm and a 7th axis horizontal turntable.
I'm on a fairly tight budget and its been recommended I look for a used Kuka 210 KRC2 ED05m, Windows XP and KSS Version 5.4.14. I'm not sure exactly why I guess due to their repeat accuracy.
We will be milling wood and polystyrene, perhaps one job per week. Often durational jobs such as life sized statues though so big files and durational.
I'm hoping someone here might be able to shed some light on buying a used Kuka. No one I know had bought a used Robot so any advice is most welcome.
Q: Should I be looking to ONLY buy a reconditioned cell which has been serviced or could I take a change on an untested cell and service myself. I see there are lots of untested manipulator/controllers out there circa 2004-2008, 22000 hours models for sale that are half the price of a recon model.
Q: As well as buying an arm,controller, pendant etc I also require an additional driver motor and gearbox to make up my own 7th axis turntable. Mechanically I can build the housing for the turntable but is the electromechanical setup something best left to the supplier to set up.
Q: Should I only look for a low hours machine or can a serviced long hours machine be just as usable given our use for it. One-off sculptures are not the same as repeat part manufacture!
Q: What should I be looking out for and what questions should I ask the seller?
Q: I'm based in Scotland, Uk. Happy to consider importing from Europe but does anyone have any recent experience of import duties post brexit.
Any advice, links or thoughts most welcome.