Go with a mini mill. The micro mill has a very short table travel. Cummins tools has both of these for cheaper
R8 is usally better for the fact that the tooling (collets, drill chucks, face mill, etc . . .) is more avalible and seems to be cheaper. But first off make sure these size machines are going to work for what you want to do.
Since I have never done machine milling and lathe work and I non of my friends know how to do machine milling and lathe work to teach me, I’m basically jumping in head and feet first.
I’m doing allot of reading and searching on the Internet etc. I came across these machines and wondering what you folks think. Do you think one of these systems would be better to start off with to learn machine milling and lathe work then the china models?
Taig are good tools. Sherline are also good but there a smaller mill and limit the size of the work done. Also buy Tabletop Machining and Home Machinists Handbook . These are very good books for learning and teach you the basics and more