Conclusion: Is a “China Laser” a good entry-level laser?
It is tempting to fall for the low starting price of a "China Laser", especially for a hobby laser since that is usually the main criteria for purchasing. Universities and schools typically buy Chinese lasers for the large work area for a low price. The laser user's safety must be guaranteed in public spaces like schools, MakerSpaces, or universities. In these spaces individuals often only have a brief introduction to the machine before working with them.
The cost of maintenance and typical wear-and-tear are not considered in this calculation. If you add the costs of downtime and replacement laser tubes, the overall machine price can grow astronomically.
The exchange between the laser machine and the exhaust system is also an important factor in the engraving quality. The Trotec Atmos exhaust system product line constantly communicates with the laser machine. For example, the exhaust system can start at the same time as the laser process and will continue running after the laser process. Dust and gas are collected as well as they can be, the lasered material is minimally soiled, and the engraving results are ideal.
We recommend using a western-made laser system if you wish to experience productivity and economic success in your business. What may appear to be high cost becomes easy to finance through leasing offers.