I have an LC 4896. I like the mechanics of the machine. It has ball screws on all the axis and is marvelously smooth and quiet. I have produced highly detailed wood carvings at incredibly low prices because of this machine.
The one thing I would change is the controller software. It works flawlessly but lacks a good toolpath preview like in mach 3. I have thought about changing the controller to geckos and Mach 3 but I don't have the time or $ to do that right now. You should get a machine without the PC router. If you cannot afford a spindle, look into the Chinese ones they are cheap and reliable. I switched out my PC router for one and am beyond happy. The machines control software even turns it on and off!
I would recommend Techno routers to somebody that would like a basic no frills system that just works. Expensive, but they WORK.
If you can pick one up on e-bay like I did, the better. I picked mine up for $5200. I think the base model sells for about 3 or more times that new.
I wish techno had a message board here on the zone or just anywhere so we can all get together and discuss these machines in depth without having to search all over the forums.