I am looking to buy a small CNC lathe. Which to choose? CNC Compact 5 or the more expensive Concept 55?
Other than the 55 being enclosed, any difference? Both have 6 post autochanger just that spindle speed is higher vs lower etc (down to gearing?)
Anyway I want to be able to cut threads and machine steel (from time to time). would i struggle to do that with these machines? (would a compact 8 be rigid enough for that?)
Which should i pick? save money and get the 5 or reach for the 55 which is like 3x more expensive.
Grateful for any assistance.
(Alternative is to get a compact 8 and retrofit cnc on that - though no tool changer which is a deal breaker for me.)
Had been playing with sherline stuff but totally dissatisfied. even machining aluminum is a pain.... in terms of how deep each pass can be.