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Why should I buy from Hytek?

Why should I buy from Hytek?

We were at one time just like you, trying to make a living with a CNC table. We have over ten years experience producing products with this machinery, we have the experience to put you in a machine that will do what you need it to do. Hytek are industrial solid welded machines, the CNC machines weigh 3500 lbs+ depending on the length. Hytek Tools CNC and laser cutters will last the life of your business with very little maintenance. The return on investment (ROI) is off the charts. You will not be disappointed, we will stop at nothing to over deliver on your expectations. Call, email, schedule demos, check in at the forum, join the Hytek family, we've been waiting for you. Need new parts? We can source them and have delivery in a matter of just a few days. In the unlikely event that a control board fails, or spindle, whatever it might be, a new part is 3-5 days away. People ask all the time and we say in order to really damage the machine, you might need a wrecking ball. These things are heavy duty tanks and are built to last. The Y car gantry alone weighs nearly 600 lbs.

Can I see one of your machines, in my area?

Can I see one of your machines, in my area?

Please make appointments for demos, we are located in central Minnesota. If you would like to come see one of our machines, you would have to make an appointment. Appointments can be made by emailing us, and can only be for 1 hour demonstration slots. Training will not be performed at that time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We can not send you to visit one of our machines at a current customers' business, as it may disrupt their normal business routine.

Do you offer custom made machines?

Do you offer custom made machines?

Yes, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or use the custom form with details of what you need. We can produce practically anything you can dream up.

What about Training?

What about Training?

In the past, we offered on-site training and have now streamlined the process of operation so that most things can be learned remotely through videos and other documentation.

Is training available if I didn't buy a Hytek Machine?

Is training available if I didn't buy a Hytek Machine?

As most of our training videos are free to the public, we would not discourage anyone from having a look at how we create things on our machines!

Are Hytek machines for hobby, or production?

Are Hytek machines for hobby, or production?

Hytek machines are industrial grade machines, meaning they can be used for large production, but they could also be used as a hobbyist tool. They are very accurate and precise, no matter if you want cut one part, or a thousand parts. If you are a hobbyist, you'll be ready for that big job that comes along with a Hytek CNC. Hytek does tend to focus on sign making because that is our area of expertise, but our tools work great for many woodworking and other production trades.

Don't you have to spend $100,000 to get a quality machine?

Don't you have to spend $100,000 to get a quality machine?

No! Like most large purchases, a lot of times your are paying for brand name and recognition. Just because a machine is priced much higher, does not necessarily mean that it's better.

Where are Hytek tools made?

Where are Hytek tools made?

Hytek brand machinery is manufactured in Asia and Europe, and assembled in Asia and the USA, as is so much machinery sold in the USA. We are very upfront about it, and not going to hide the facts like many other companies do. We have partnered with who we believe to one of the very best companies in Asia, they take pride in their work with integrity, honesty, and quality. It really shows, the machines do all the talking! We have specified our machines to be produced with nothing but the best components from Germany, Italy and Japan. Assembly is done in Asia and the United States of America. They are solid as a rock!

Do I need an Auto Tool Changer (ATC)?

Do I need an Auto Tool Changer (ATC)?

An auto tool changer CNC router is a nice option to have, but not a requirement for a lot of users. The price difference is substantial, so it should be well thought out on whether it is a necessity. Some things to consider when deciding if an ATC machine is right for you; to change a tool without a tool changer, it takes on average 60 seconds of your time. If you have 3 or more tool changes within a short amount of time, then an ATC machine may be a requirement. If you are requiring high run production with tool changes, ATC would be a good choice.

Can I upgrade a standard CNC machine, to an ATC?

Can I upgrade a standard CNC machine, to an ATC?

There is no simple “add on” to turn a standard/non ATC machine into an ATC machine. ATC machines have a completely different electrical components, motors, drivers and spindles. If you know you are going to need an ATC router, it is best to start with one if it is financially possible. If you are unable to start with an ATC, you can buy a standard CNC router then eventually purchase an ATC down the road.

Applications - What businesses or industries use Hytek CNC Router?

Applications - What businesses or industries use Hytek CNC Router?

  • Sign Shops
  • Cabinetry
  • Prototyping
  • Education
  • Fabricating
  • Reproduction
  • Furniture Making
  • 3D Carving
  • Engraving
  • Etching
  • Artwork
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Developers
  • Historic Restoration
  • Museums
  • Exhibits
  • Displays
  • Fixtures
  • Trade Shows
  • Theater
  • Movie/TV Set Decor
  • Prop Manufacturing
  • Machining
  • Tooling
  • Packaging
  • Wood Carving
  • Makerspace/Community Workshop
  • Mold Making
  • Boatbuilding
  • Visual Marketing
  • POP/Point of Purchase
  • Stamp making
  • Jewelry Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Theme Environments
  • Inlaying
  • Sports Equipment Fabrication
  • Guitar/Instrument Making
  • Woodworking
  • Millwork
  • Door Manufacturing
  • Designing
  • Home Furnishing
  • Interior/Exterior Decor
  • Toy/Game/Puzzle Manufacturing
  • Sculpture Production
  • Automotive Parts
  • Artifact Replication
  • Boat Parts
  • Model Making
  • Medical Device/Testing Production
  • Trophy Production
  • Camper Manufacturing
  • Wedding Decor

What materials can I cut?

What materials can I cut?

Our CNC Routers can cut most materials as long as you are using the proper tools/bits and have your feed rates and speeds set correctly. Here are some of the materials that can be cut, engraved and carved with our CNC routers-
  • Acrylic
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Colorcore
  • Composites
  • Corafoam
  • Cork
  • Dibond
  • Duna
  • EPS Foam
  • Fabric
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam
  • Foamcore
  • Gatorboard
  • Gator Foam
  • Granite
  • HDU
  • High Density Urethane
  • Ice
  • LDF
  • Leather
  • Marble
  • MDF
  • MDO
  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Plywood
  • Precision Board
  • PVC
  • Rubber
  • Seadek
  • Sign Foam
  • Sintra
  • Stone
  • Styrofoam
  • Ultraboard
  • Vinyl
  • Wax
  • Wood- Any type
  • And More….

Air or water cooled spindle, what is the difference?

Air or water cooled spindle, what is the difference?

  • Cost
  • Air cooled spindles are more expensive upfront for the spindle itself. The cost of the actual water cooled spindle itself is cheaper, but you will also need a water chiller, and have the water lines installed on the machine causing it to be more expensive. Also cost of time, maintenance, replacement parts if not well maintained could be greater in the long run for a water cooled spindle
  • Noise
  • Water cooled spindles are slightly quieter, but the noise created by cutting material will be the same with both spindles and frequently the cutting noise and the noise from a dust collector or vacuum table is by far louder than either spindle itself would be. So any noise from either spindle is irrelevant as you will not hear them over other sounds created by machining.
  • Maintenance
  • Water cooled has to have clean distilled water at all times. This water needs to be filled, checked on and replaced periodically. If your machine is not in a temperature controlled environment and has a chance for being below freezing temperatures you will run the chance of ruining your spindle. Air cooled spindles do not require any maintenance.
  • Accuracy
  • There is no noticeable difference.
  • Power requirements
  • Both have the same power requirements.
  • Continual work time
  • Water cooled spindles with run continuously without out any limits no matter the material. Water cooled is recommended if you need to run you machine 24 hours a day. Air cooled can cut any material for extended periods, but not recommended for continuous, around the clock use with a hard material as it would need some down time to cool off.
  • Bits/Tools
  • Both air and water cooled spindles can use a large variety of bits as long as you have the corresponding collet (i.e. If a bit has a ¼” shank then you would need a ¼” collet or a adaptor). You can use any CNC bit, most router bits (usually if they do not have the a bearing then they could be used) or rotary tool (Dremel, Rotozip, etc.) with either an air cooled or water cooled spindle. The material you are cutting, your feed rates and speeds will all factor into how a bit/tool will work for you.

What spindle options offered by Hytek Tools?

What spindle options offered by Hytek Tools?

Our machines come with a 6hp air cooled HQD spindle, which is good for most manufacturing. You can request different spindle size, or water cooled version for an additional cost.

What bits/ cutting tools can I use with Hytek CNC routers?

What bits/ cutting tools can I use with Hytek CNC routers?

A large variety of bits/tools can be used in a CNC router as long as you have the corresponding collet (i.e. If a bit has a ¼” shank then you would need a ¼” collet or a adaptor). You can use any CNC bit, most router bits (usually if they do not have the a bearing then they could be used) or rotary tool bits (Dremel, Rotozip, etc.). The material you are cutting, your feed rates and speeds and condition of your bit will all factor into how a bit/tool will work for you. If a tool is dull or damaged your cut results can be compromised.

What software is needed to run Hytek CNC machines?

What software is needed to run Hytek CNC machines?

To run our CNC routers you will need two separate softwares, one to control the machine/run files- CAD software and one for designing/creating files- CAM software.

The CAM software that controls our standard machine is NK105-G2 and it is included with your machine. NK105 is a popular and easy to navigate software. On our machines this software is on a handheld controller, no computer is needed to run NK105.

The CAM software that controls your ATC router machine is Syntec control software, it's known as one of the best in it's class.

The CAD software needed to design and create files is not included with the purchase of your machine, but we do offer Vectric brand software for an additional cost. You could use software you already have or purchase any design software you prefer. You will need a computer for your design software. You do not need to be near your CNC router to work with this software as the files are transferred with a usb stick. So you could do all the design work anywhere, you are not stuck by the router.

Is a computer needed to run a Hytek CNC router?

Is a computer needed to run a Hytek CNC router?

No, you do not need a computer to run our CNC routers. Our routers have a handheld controller with the CAM software/NK105, no computer needed. However, you will need a computer to run the CAD/design software, but that computer does not need to be connected to your router or even in the same room. Files will be transferred with a usb stick from your computer to the CNC router.

What is cut depth, travel height, etc?

What is cut depth, travel height, etc?

Hytek Routers come standard with 12’ Z height. That is the height from the table top to the bottom of the gantry, not to be confused with the cut depth or travel height. The height from the table bed to the bottom of the collet nut is 11.24” at its highest. The cut depth and travel height may vary depending on a few factors. Adding a spoilboard to the table, your tool/bit length and material height will all have an affect on space you have to work with.

Can I cut metal with a CNC router?

Can I cut metal with a CNC router?

Yes, you can cut metal with a Hytek CNC router. With the correct tools/bits along with proper feed and speed rates it is possible to cut most metals. ?

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Requirements - FAQ

Do I need a college degree to run Hytek equipment?

Do I need a college degree to run Hytek equipment?

No. You do not need to know computer coding, or anything like that to run our machines. We offer easy to learn software, the machine is Hytek so you don't have to be!

Where I should put a CNC router in my shop?

Where I should put a CNC router in my shop?

Things to consider when choosing a location for you CNC router.
  • Machine size plus control cabinet and dust collector
  • It is nice to have access to all sides of your machine, but not a requirement.
  • Near power source
  • Material size/length
  • How/where you will be loading the material onto your machine. You will want to load onto the front or a side.
  • Floor should be solid and fairly level
  • Area should be well lit. You could add LED lights ($12 on ebay) to the underside of the gantry to add more lighting.

How much space is needed for a CNC router (footprint) ?

How much space is needed for a CNC router (footprint) ?

Typically our CNC routers are about 36 inches wider and 1.5 feet longer than the table bed size. So the 5’x10’ table would have a footprint of about 7.66’x11.5’. You do not need all sides of your machine accessible, but keep in mind that you need space for operating and loading material. There is a lot to consider when choosing the placement of you CNC router. The weight is roughly 4000 lbs +/- depending on which model.

Do all sides need to be accessible to run a CNC machine?

Do all sides need to be accessible to run a CNC machine?

No. You will want space for you to operate your machine at the front of the machine and you will also need space to load material on and off of your table. We recommend having access to the front of the machine and along at least one of the axis sides.

Ordering & Payments - FAQ

Do 501 nonprofits get a discount on tools?

Do 501 nonprofits get a discount on tools?

Yes, all Hytek brand equipment will be discounted as low as possible for 501 nonprofits. Other tools or software may be eligible for a discount, please email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the contact form.

Could I get a discount for ordering more than one machine at the same time?

Could I get a discount for ordering more than one machine at the same time?

Yes, we do offer discounts on multiple machine purchases. Please contact us for details on wholesale.

Can I get custom size table dimensions, or higher gantry?

Can I get custom size table dimensions, or higher gantry?

Can I get a size I don’t see? Different Z Yes, we can do custom sizes and specs. The Machines we have listed are for the most common sizes, but we know they are not what everyone needs. If you do not seen a machine to fit your needs, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the exact specs you need and we will send you a custom quote.

Can a laser or plasma be added to a cnc router?

Can a laser or plasma be added to a cnc router?

Laser and plasma cutting is completely different than cutting with a router and can not be efficiently combined into one machine. Typically a table bed for a laser or plasma machine is made of a metal grid, for CNC routers the table bed is a composite plastic material and not adequate for a laser or plasma. Also the clean up between the usage of the different methods of cutting would be difficult and dangerous if not done well. You don't want to mix router dust with a heat source like a laser beam...

What is the ordering process?

What is the ordering process?

You can order directly from our website and pay with either a credit card, bank card or with Paypal. You can also have a custom quote by emailing us with your required specs and more payment options.

What forms of payment does Hytek accept?

What forms of payment does Hytek accept?

There are a few ways to pay for you machine. The process you chose will affect your order and when you will receive your machine. Please read through the options below. We need 100% payment before we put in your order. There are no payment options or parcel down payment options through Hytek tools directly. We can not deliver anything until paid 100%. Any delays in us receiving your payment will delay your order. A wire transfer- A wire transfer can be done with your personal bank. You may have different opinions as to how fast the transfer goes through. Usually the cheaper options will have delays and the money will not go through the same day. Also the time of day you sign the papers will effect when your money will actually be transferred. Most banks have a cut off time each day. If you file for a wire transfer after your banks cut off time the transfer will not go through until the following business day. So if you file late Friday we will not receive the payment until Monday at the earliest. Holidays will also cause delays in transfers. Checks- Checks can take the longest to receive and process. After receiving a check most banks put at least a 5-10 business day hold on checks. This hold could be longer depending on the communication between banks to confirm the amount is available before processing.

What forms of payment does Hytek except?

There are a few ways to pay for you machine. The process you chose will affect your order and when you will receive your machine. Please read through the options below.

We need 100% payment before we put in your order.

There are no payment options or parcel down payment options through Hytek tools directly.

We can not deliver anything until paid 100%.

Any delays in us receiving your payment will delay your order.

A wire transfer-

A wire transfer can be done with your personal bank. You may have different opinions as to how fast the transfer goes through. Usually the cheaper options will have delays and the money will not go through the same day. Also the time of day you sign the papers will effect when your money will actually be transferred. Most banks have a cut off time each day. If you file for a wire transfer after your banks cut off time the transfer will not go through until the following business day. So if you file late Friday we will not receive the payment until Monday at the earliest. Holidays will also cause delays in transfers.

Checks-

Checks can take the longest to receive and process. After receiving a check most banks put at least a 5-10 business day hold on checks. This hold could be longer depending on the communication between banks to confirm the amount is available before processing.

Financing-

We work with third party financing companies. We have no decision in any part of your loan, if you qualify, your terms, etc.

Credit Card-

Credit Cards are a popular choice for those who have cards with good rewards programs.

Bank Card-

Most US issued bank cards are accepted through the various channels listed here.

Paypal-

Paypal is accepted.


Personally bank loans are also an option. Please let your bank know the following information-
We need 100% payment before we put in your order.
There are no payment options or parcel down payment options through Hytek tools directly.
We can not deliver anything until paid 100%.
Any delays in transferring money will delay your order. (Please read about money transfers above)

Financing- We work with third party financing companies. We have no decision in any part of your loan, if you qualify, your terms, etc. Credit Card- Credit Cards are a popular choice for those who have cards with good rewards programs. Bank Card- Paypal- Personally bank loans are also an option. Please let your bank know the following information- We need 100% payment before we put in your order. There are no payment options or parcel down payment options through Hytek tools directly. We can not deliver anything until paid 100%. Any delays in transferring money will delay your order. (Please read about money transfers above)

Shipping & Receiving - FAQ

What if I have no loading dock, or forklift?

What if I have no loading dock, or forklift?

You are not required to have a loading dock, but a forklift is required to unload your machine. If you do not own a forklift, you will need to rent or borrow one. Once your machine is unloaded and taken off the shipping crate, you have other options to move your machine. Your machine includes 2.5” retractable caster feet, making the machine mobile on most shop floors. Some other options to move your machinery may be with heavy duty pallet jacks, large floor jacks, toe jacks, machine skates, roller dollies, bull dollies or industrial wheels with adequate weight capabilities.

How will my machine be shipped?

How will my machine be shipped?

Our machines are shipped with a third party logistics company. The company delivering your equipment will be contacting you directly to make arrangements for delivery. There will not be a forklift on the delivery truck so it is your responsibility to have a forklift ready when your machine is delivered.

What is needed for unloading?

What is needed for unloading?

Tools and supplies you will need-
  • Forklift with minimum weight capacity for your machine model (plus crate and accessories) with fork extensions of 5-6ft in length. Typical weight is at least 4000 lbs.
  • Impact wrench or drill with metric sockets. You could also use a metric wrench.
  • Metal cutter, snips
  • Utility knife
  • Pry Bar and or Hammer
Warning: CNC machines are very heavy, moving and unpacking them could be dangerous and difficult for one person. Use caution when unpacking, many things could happen such as metal bands can spring back, crate could shift and can fall, etc.

Maintenance - FAQ

What if a part breaks?

What if a part breaks?

Most parts are in stock at our facility in central Minnesota. If the part needed is covered under your warranty we will send it to you free of charge. If the part is not under warranty you will only be charged wholesale (our cost) for the part plus shipping. We stand behind our products and parts so much that we will never try to make money off replacement parts.

Maintenance for CNC router?

Maintenance for CNC router?

Maintenance for CNC router?

Maintenance is very minimal on our CNC routers.

Plane spoilboard as needed. The condition of your spoilboard will affect the vacuum hold down.

Daily

Keeps rails, collets, and dust extraction free of dust and debris build up.

Monthly

Check for damaged, loose or worn parts.

Check rack and pinion for chips, dullness or rust.

Every 1-3 Months

Oil Linear bearings

Our machines have linear bearing that run along the rails on all axises. They are what makes it possible for the machine to move smoothly. Each axis has two rails with two bearings per rail. The linear bearings have zerk fittings for easy maintenance. You will need a grease gun and white lithium grease.

Oil rack and pinion

You will need to manually oil the rack and pinion with the grease of your choice. This could be a thick grease that will be applied with your finger or you could also use a spray lubricant. Teflon lubricant, silicone grease, lithium grease.

Spindle Maintenance

Air Cooled

There is no maintenance for air cooled spindles.

Water Cooled

-Water cooled spindles use distilled water only.

-This water needs to be checked on periodically to make sure the water is clean, at adequate levels and is flowing freely through your spindle. To check the flow, locate the water return hose and see if water is flowing well out of it.

-If your water becomes contaminated you will need to empty the water tank, clean out the debris and refill it with new, clean distilled water.

-If you are in an area that gets freezing temperatures, you will need to add antifreeze to your distilled cooling water.

Table Vaccums Noise and Heat?

Table Vaccums Noise and Heat?

You can vent your exhaust ports outdoors or to another area to cut down noise excess and heat production.

Postal Address

7702 GOEDDERZ RD STE 115
BAXTER, MN 56425

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