I bought my shops first laser a 1995 2512-3 BySmall 1500 watt about a year ago. I have loaded that machine to capacity and then some. It runs about 16hrs/day and is a very reliable, clean and well performing machine for being an older smaller machine.
We are a small job shop whose niche is low qty, fast turnaround. Our typical qty order would be less than 100. We cut everything from .005 stainless shim stock to 3/8" plate often in the same day.
Our much larger competitors often send us low volume work, but our core customers are building products which require many design changes and inconsistant volumes. I don't care to get into competing with the BySpeeds and Mazak FMS.
Myself and employees are very comfortable with Bystronic and I'll be going to NY before Christmas to see a demo and offer my terms.
My biggest concern is this being a new model and being one of the first purchasers. Bystronic ran a ten unit pilot program, however there being hesitant to show me any records of it, although I haven't pushed hard yet.
We'll what's the concensous? I'm all ears. Thanks