Hi guys. I'm just starting out in the machining world as a new hobby interest. My background is Avionics and Robotics. I run the electrical department in a shop that makes Remote Operated Vehicles like you see supporting offshore oil operations. I just bought a Sieg X2 from Princess Auto in Coquitlam, BC. Busy Bee Tools had the same thing on sale for $698 and I was able to get PA to match that (plus PA's comes with the collet set and a great return policy). I'm usually down in Seattle every other weekend so I was on the fence about whether I should import one from HF in Bellevue.
With the exchange rate being about 1.25 these days, HF taking 2 weeks to bring a machine in, and the fact the crate wouldn't fit in my car, I decided to buy it locally in Canada. FYI, HF sells the X2 online for $599usd but in-store they are selling them for $489usd.
My plans are to eventually turn this thing into an X2 Freak just like Hoss' but for now I'm going to start with the basics- buying the basic tools, clamps, etc (from Littlemachineshop or Grizzly) and doing some manual machining. Those videos from MIT look like they could be a good primer. We've got lots of scrap 6061 aluminum around the shop so I've got plenty of opportunity to trial and error.
Just thought I'd get some info out there for anyone that was in a similar situtation.