2022 Buying Guide

Welcome to my 2022 Buying Guide for laser engravers! Below, you'll find everything you need to start your own laser engraving business, or expand the one you're already running. This is the gear you need to kill it in the laser scene and these lists include links to all of the secret sauce I use to bring my A game every time I enter the shop. Take a close look at the items below and as always if you have any questions you can reach out to me (or any of the awesome folks) over on our Discord server.

Lasers
Mods/Parts
Lenses
Eyewear
Electronics
Staff Picks
Rotary
Exhaust
Cooling
Tools
Cleaners

Recommended Lasers

Every single one comes HIGHLY recommended by me and the staff.

Mactron JPT LP Fiber laser system buying guide

Mactron JPT LP

The Mactron JPT Fiber Laser system is one of the best on the market and has absolutely produced long lasting results despite the abuse it's faced from me over the years.

You get a slew of awesome features including 10,000mm/s max speeds, 1-600khz frequency range standard, and 30 or 50 watts of metal eating power.

30w JPT LP
50w JPT LP

Mactron Coherent co2 galvo laser system buying guide

Mactron Coherent CO2

The Mactron CO2 galvo system features a US-made Coherent 30w CO2 laser source that's well built, dependable and versatile. 

When paired with a 20mm head and 6x beam expander you can expect fiber-like quality with organics and all the tumbler marking performance you can hope for.

30w Coherent

Mactron Inngu UV ultraviolet galvo laser system buying guide

Mactron Inngu UV

If plastics and glass are in your sights for laser marking then look no further. With a super effective 355nm beam you'll be marking a full range of synthetics, silicon and can even cut glass!

Complete the holy trinity with the same great Mactron build quality we've come to adore on Laser Everything

3w Inngu
5w Inngu

OMtech orion motor tech ruida co2 gantry laser buying guide

RuiDa Gantry CO2

Ol' Reliable - well kinda. While you have to be kinda handy to wield one of these with grace, it is a supremely effective tool and a vital part of everyone's laser line up if they want to enter the laser space. Sure, everyone and their grandmother has one - but if you can't do what they can do you're at a disadvantage.

80w
100w

SFX JPT 50w 60w LP M7 Mopa Fiber Laser

SFX JPT

Our first recommendation for a fiber shipped from the USA. The SFX JPT Fiber Laser options are something new to our studio, but have shown to be of great quality thus far. Consider getting additional lens options, available below. Review to come, on the Laser Everything Youtube channel.

50w JPT LP (Amazon)
60w JPT M7 MOPA (Amazon)

Recommended Parts and Accessories

If you're looking to add more functionality or get the most out of your laser, these items may help!

Mactron JPT LP Fiber laser system buying guide

Replacement Fiber Laser Tower

The fiber tower replacements are great if you are needing that extra Z height from 500mm to 800mm tall. Gives you flexibility on focal distance for large projects, or if you want to switch between motorized or manual tower.

Amazon 800mm Manual Z
Aliexpress Manual and Motorized

Laser Lenses

Ultraviolet UV galvo lens laser buying guide

Ultraviolet

Shop AliExpress Wavetop
Shop AliExpress Cloudray
Not Available on Amazon

Laser Eye Protection

Safety Glasses for laser buying guide

Outstanding CO2 and UV protection. Very bright and easy to see with high VLT. Supreme NoIR quality.


190-360 7+

10600 7+


93% VTL

NoIR CO2
Safety Glasses for laser buying guide

Great Fiber and good UV protection.  Darker than YG5 but slightly better protection. Supreme NoIR quality.


190-400 6+

750-1120 6+
800-1100nm 7+

37% VLT

NoIR YG4
Safety Glasses for laser buying guide

Great Fiber and decent UV protection.  Brighter than YG4 but slightly lower protection. Supreme NoIR quality.

190-400 5+
1025-1075 5+
1035-1070 6+
1045-1065 7+

55% VLT

NoIR YG5
Safety Glasses for laser buying guide

Excellent UV and Blue Diode protection. No Fiber or CO2. Darkest lenses,  mediocre visibility. Safest option for diode owners. Supreme NoIR quality.


190-532 7+
750-820 7+

23% VLT

NoIR KTI

Budget Laser Safety Glasses

FreeMascot Laser Safety Glasses are the eye protection we used to recommend before upgrading our protection to NoIR eyewear. While the NoIR eyewear hands down offers the ultimate protection, they may be less than affordable for some of you. If you're less risk adverse and on a tight budget you can check out the FreeMascot offerings here:

Fiber 1064nm 
CO2 10600nm 
UV/Diode 190-490nm

Electronics

Best Performance

14" 1080P IPS | 11th Gen Intel
Quad-Core i7-1165G7 4.7GHz
32GB DDR4 RAM
1TB NVMe SSD
Backlit Keyboard, WiFi 6, HDMI

2022 Lenovo ThinkPad E14

Best on a Budget

15.6" 1080P | 11th Gen Intel
Quad-Core i5-1135G7 4.2GHz
12GB DDR4 RAM
256GB PCIe SSD
Backlit Keyboard, WiFi 6, HDMI

2022 Lenovo IdeaPad 3

EZcad/Galvo laser Friendly Upgrades and Replacements

10-Port USB Hub
Active usb extension 50ft
50ft USB Extension
USB-B Upgrade

Rotary Engraving

Mactron 80 mm rotary device fiber co2 galvo laser laser buying guide

Mactron 80mm Rotary

This is the big chungus of rotary devices. Manufactured by my best friends over at Mactron this thing is a beast and it's ready to help you knock out tumblers, cups, mugs and whatever else you might want to throw at it. Super easy to set up! Guides on the YouTube channel included. Obviously, highly recommended.

Mactron mini 80 mm rotary device fiber co2 galvo laser laser buying guide

Mini 80mm Rotary

This rotary tool is much more compact. It's a bit short to be doing tumblers and cups but it's AMAZING for working with rings and jewelry along with other small parts. If you're more into working on jewelry than tumblers this rotary is going to serve you really well.

Don't skip it!

Mansfield Customs rotary device fiber co2 galvo gantry laser buying guide

The Mansfield

After much debate the staff agree - The absolute best value and quality for gantry. All Rolling surfaces are ball bearing supported and precision is enhanced with aluminum timing gears and a fiberglass filled closed loop timing belt. Assembly takes approx. 10 minutes, and lightburn software values are engraved onto the rotary for safe keeping.

Exhaust and Extraction

Vivosun centrifugal exhaust fan laser buying guide

The Vivosun moves just an absolutely ridiculous amount of air and absurdly quiet. This centrifugal fan makes a great main unit for a flawless exhaust system with any laser system big or small.

VIVOSUN 8" 740
Vivosun centrifugal exhaust fan laser buying guide

The iPower is another option that hits above its weight class. This option comes with a variable speed controller to reduce speed and sound as desired. This centrifugal fan is great option for smaller size systems or venting for open galvo workareas. Available in 8" as well.

iPower 6" 442
BAO XF180 3 stage exhaust filter laser buying guide

Not recommended for CO2 lasers, but great for fiber lasers where exhausting outdoors is not an option! The indoor 80w motor and 3-stage filter are an effective and inexpensive option for extraction.

BAO XF180
ACinfinity S8 duct exhaust fan 8 inch laser buying guide

An 8-speed manual PWM controlled EC motor makes this fan quiet and energy efficient. Great for exhausting gantry lasers and pairs great as a near-laser booster with the Vivosun OR works great alone.

ACInfinity S8
ACinfinity S6 duct exhaust fan 6 inch laser buying guide

An 8-speed manual PWM controlled EC motor makes this fan quiet and energy efficient.   Great for exhausting galvo lasers and pairs great as a near-laser booster with the Vivosun OR works great alone.

ACInfinity S6
ACinfinity ducting, clamps, dampers, splitters laser buying guide

ACInfinity Accessories

Ducting, Clamps, Dampers and Splitters

BAO XF180 stage 1 prefilter filter laser buying guide

XF180 Stage 1 Filter

Prefilter for Soot, Dust and Debris

BAO XF180 stage 2 filter, H11 HEPA laser buying guide

XF180 Stage 2 Filter

H11 HEPA - Particles down to PM0.5

BAO XF180 stage 3 activated charcoal filter laser buying guide

XF180 Stage 3 Filter

Activated Charcoal for Fumes and Gasses

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Chillers and Cooling

S&A CW-5200 laser chiller laser buying guide
S & A 5200 Chiller
Snap Hose Clamp for laser chiller tubing laser buying guide
Snap Hose Clamps
laser chiller tubing laser buying guide
Silicone Tubing
Metal Hose Clamp, worm clamp for laser chiller tubing laser buying guide
Metal Hose Clamps
90 degree elbow barb fitting for laser chiller tubing laser buying guide
Elbow Fitting

Tools and Measurement

Panavise 350 laser buying guide
Panavise 350
Panavise junior laser buying guide
Panavise Junior
Starrett 135A small mini level laser buying guide
Starrett 135A
Starrett EX799 calipers precision measurement laser buying guide
Starrett EC799
B & S Twin-Cal Calipers precision measurement laser buying guide
B&S Twin-Cal
Precision Drivers specialty tool kit laser buying guide
Precision Drivers
18 inch Acrylic Ruler laser buying guide
18" Acrylic Ruler
Center finding ruler laser buying guide
Center Finding Ruler
713 Maker Jigs fiber co2 galvo workplate laser engraving laser buying guide
713 Maker Jigs

Chemicals and Cleaners

ZEP glass cleaner laser buying guide
Zep Glass Cleaner
ZEP fast 505 Degreaser laser buying guide
Zep Degreaser
3 in one oil laser buying guide
3-in-1 Oil
dawn dish soap laser buying guide
Dawn Dish Soap
Weiman Leather Conditioner laser buying guide
Leather Cleaner
LATotallyAwesome LA's Totally Awesome cleaner laser buying guide
LA's Totally Awesome
99% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol laser buying guide
99% Alcohol
magic eraser scrubber melamine scrubbing sponge bulk box 50 laser buying guide
Magic Eraser
Scotch Brite scrubber scrubbing scouring pads laser buying guide
Scotch Brite Pads
Amazon solimo orbit toothbrush scrubbing brush laser buying guide
Toothbrushes
Dish cleaning towel wipe laser buying guide
Flour Sack Towels
Micro Fiber Microfiber towel wipe laser buying guide
Microfiber Towels
polyester napkin wipe laser buying guide
Polyester Napkins