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  1. #1
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    Default How much is this forum worth to you?

    I had an interesting conversation with my Uncle the other night about the CW and the forum/community that follows it. The funny thing was that he is in the market for a larger CNC Router and was thinking of buying a ShopBot at one time, he has now moved on to a different machine but is weeks away from ordering one. I guess ShopBot has the same type of community that helps each other out like the CW. He saw this as a benefit but has not really added it to helping him purchase the machine. My thoughts were this forum is worth a lot of money to someone like me and cannot believe someone could pass up the opportunity to have a community of users help you out.

    So thanks to everyone for the help and discussion, has anyone else used this in their decision making about certain types of equipment or software?
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    Without the forum, the CW probably would have not been purchased. If by some chance I did purchase it without the forum, it would have either been sold or junked long ago.

    Because I think there is definitely a learning curve, it is only through the forums help that I have been able to work through those issues.

    Additionally, for those of us who are not computer saavy (I'm technologically challenged), making my own patterns would have never met the capabilities of the machine and I would have given up without knowing what the machine can do. Even now that I have figured out the basics of the machine, if the forum went away, so would the machine.

    John

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    If not for the forum I would have juked the cw. I would have missed out on hours of enjoyment. THANKS TO EVERYONE ON THE FORUM
    Jim McGee
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    I like to look at it like I've paid $2400 for my forum membership and got a free CW. When it breaks... I just say... well.. heck is was free.. thank god I have the forum membership to help me get it working again.

    Doug Fletcher

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    With all the negative publicity about the CW, if not for the forum, I would not have purchased it. The forum gave a true assessment of the CW good and bad, allowing me to make the right choice.
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    Right now, the forum is the only thing that is keeping going. I'll put a few more dollars into it, but so far, I'm still not impressed. I thought when I upgraded with the new z bundle and the rock chuck all my problems would be resolved. see my other post.

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    Sorry if I get too into the business/finance side of this but I would be interested to see what CW has set for the value of the forum within their financial statements? Clearly most if not all of the users agree that this forum makes the product so how much is it truly worth. I'm going for my Masters right now, hopefully in a the future I will have a chance to calculate such value or should I say have an assignment to do so.

    I appreciate everyone's input on all matters within the forum and it has brought me to a whole new level within woodworking and especially preforming tasks on the CW.

    Quote Originally Posted by dbfletcher View Post
    I like to look at it like I've paid $2400 for my forum membership and got a free CW. When it breaks... I just say... well.. heck is was free.. thank god I have the forum membership to help me get it working again.

    Doug Fletcher
    I got my machine for free also Doug!
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    Default This forum has been great for me in many ways

    I just wanted to say that I have not been a member of a "forum" before being one here. It has allowed me to feel a part of something that is good, gave me access to good ideas, access to help when needed, and a place to get my ego stroked on occasion.

    All in all it ranks right up there with the machine itself (as others have said).
    Ken,
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    The forum and the wesite in general are a plethora of information. Tips and Tricks, PDF's, How to's, and users support are priceless. The ideas other share are refreshing and pattern sharing is great. The forum has made my CW experience a good one. I have had lots and lots of help with my CW from others when i couldnt find the answer. I have learned alot and try to give back when possible.
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    I had purchased a machine and then I found out about the forum. Lots of valuable information here.
    Mark
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