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OMTech vs Thunder Laser

Thunder is built better, engraves and cuts faster, is more powerful, and has better support. You also will save valuable time and money not having to upgrade and tinker or align your machine.

Get the most out of your money.

Lasers come in all types and forms. With price ranges from $500 to $100,000+, it can be hard to choose. Oftentimes, your budget determines how much machine you can purchase. And the more you spend, the better the machine.

At Thunder, we keep our margins thin and our marketing and labor costs down so you can rest assured you are getting the most bang for your buck.

No painful alignments means more laser time!

All of our machines will arrive to you perfectly aligned. No painful adjusting required. Be up and running in no time! Poorly made machines often require periodic alignments, costing you precious laser time. If you have to spend an hour or two aligning your machine every couple of weeks, what does that do to your productivity? Machine reliability is crucial if you are running a small business. Our machines only come out of alignment in the event of a head crash.

We have clear, consistent pricing. What you see is what you pay… always.

Our pricing is clear and upfront and includes everything you need to run a standard job. It also includes shipping. So you never have to worry if you are getting the best deal. Everyone gets the best deal possible. You will never find our sales folks to be pushy, either. We just want to find the right machine to fit your needs.

No lost sleep wondering if you negotiated the best deal.

All high-quality parts means better engraving.

All of our lasers are industrial grade, unlike ones made of plastic or cheaper materials. These cheap, light materials will shake around when engraving, causing poor results.

Additionally, some hobbyist-grade machines aren’t well wired and break down frequently. Consider this, along with additional cost and time of upgrades that are often required.

Thunder has wicked-fast, US-based support.

When you need help, you need it fast. Like lightning fast. We typically respond in 3-5 minutes, often on weekends and holidays. Check out our reviews to see what others have had to say.

Don’t take our word for it, join Facebook groups and ask other users.

It’s hard to really know the differences in lasers without seeing them up close in action. We would encourage you to join different Facebook groups and ask the community about their machines. There are several for Thunders (and other brands). Our largest Facebook Group can be found here.

OMTech vs Thunder Comparison

We don’t really like specs sheets, because they can be deceiving. It’s not always apples to apples. The overall build quality of the machine will be the best determining factor in how well a laser operates. But we do understand sometimes you need to compare different brands.

So we built this for you:

Polar Thunder Bolt Pro2440 Nova 35 Notes
Base Price $2,999 $5,495 $6,649 $9,900
Shipping Included No Yes No Yes
Working Area 20” x 12” 20” x 12” 40” x 24” 35” x 24”
Speed Unknown 1,000mm/s 1,200mm/s 1,000mm/s Engraving quality decreases after 500mm/s and is dependent on gantry quality
Tube 50w Glass 30w RF 80w Glass 80w Glass 30w RF has cutting capacity of 45w Glass
Red Dot No Yes Yes Yes For locating the laser beam
Passthrough No No Yes Yes
Dual Stage Air No No No Yes Different Air Volumes for Cut vs Engrave
Heat Alarm No Yes No Yes Safety Feature for Fire Hazard
Chilling Needs Water Pump Included Air Cooled RF Water Chiller Included Water Chiller Included Glass lasers need chilled water to extend life
Internal Memory Unknown 1000MB Unknown 1000MB
Camera Built-In Built-In Optional Optional
Base Price Shipping Included Working Area Speed Tube Red Dot Passthrough Dual Stage Air Heat Alarm Chilling Needs Internal Memory Camera
Polar $2,999 No 20” x 12” Unknown 50w Glass No No No No Water Pump Included Unknown Built-In
Thunder Bolt $5,495 Yes 20” x 12” 1,000mm/s 30w RF Yes Yes No Yes Air Cooled RF 1000MB Built-In
Pro2440 $6,649 No 40” x 24” 1,200mm/s 80w Glass No Yes No No Water Chiller Included Unknown Optional
Nova 35 $9,900 Yes 35” x 24” 1,000mm/s 80w Glass Yes Yes Yes Yes Water Chiller Included 1000MB Optional
Notes Engraving quality decreases after 500mm/s and is dependent on gantry quality 30w RF has cutting capacity of 45w Glass For locating the laser beam Different Air Volumes for Cut vs Engrave Safety Feature for Fire Hazard Glass lasers need chilled water to extend life

1000+ Five-Star Reviews

It’s hard to be modest when your products are this good.

Our Bolt desktop laser machine combines a compact design with super high-quality parts.

Our Nova series laser cutter offers higher wattage and larger work areas.

Ready to speak to one of our Experts?

Getting started can be the most challenging part of any project. Let us do the heavy lifting so you can focus on your designs.

Open the box; pull out your machine; get to work. Engrave on wood, leather, acrylic, metal—let us know your materials of choice, and we’ll find the machine to match.

If you’re ready to upgrade your machine, take your business to the next level, or just create, we’re here to help.

Questions? Comments? Curious about our laser system technology? Schedule a call today. We actually answer our phones.