Hey everyone! I am hoping to get some advice on getting into a benchtop milling setup..
A little back ground.. I'm a full time student, and electronic's technician by trade currently. I had worked in a machine shop for a couple years in the past.. as a "jack leg" more or less - no formal training, but I feel comfortable in my basic machining skills.. and most importantly I love it.
Anyways, I have been looking and reading about benchtop mills for hobbyists and light duty I have made the decision to buy one. I've read a lot, and I still don't know what is the best fit for my purposes.. I bet this sounds familiar
So a lot of what I would like to do is make housings for custom electronics, engravings, milling copper clad boards for PCB work, maybe small automotive parts - motor mounts, etc.. basically anything and everything lol.
Getting down to what I really want to know.. I like the Syil X4 Speedmaster. It seems like the best of everything I would want as an be all solution, but it is quite pricey. If one could afford such a machine. It would be pointless since you would be too broke to afford tooling as in my case
However, I do like the G0704 by grizzly.. this seems like a solid machine, and the price is very good. I have not been able to find any solid information on CNC'ing it. This would be my main goal. Is there a "sort-of close-to" turn key CNC solution for this machine? Or would an X3 be an easier alternative. They look very similar.. as far as I can tell it is only a difference of table size/travel distance and spindle speed.
Basically, I would like to make the move to a CNC benchtop machine without having to make a lot of custom parts. I don't mind putting in some work.. but my time is limited and I would like my few hobbying hours spent making vs.. trying to get something to work.
Any and all advice or insight is greatly appreciated!