I chose a machine from G. Weike - the LC1512
I've been working with Melody... and to date we've sent over 30 emails back and forth. She's been extremely helpful.
I chose the machine from GW for a few reasons. I like the components they use, I've read a decent amount of good things about their products, they sent a ton of pictures and videos, they answered all of my questions, and didn't hesitate to make the configuration changes I wanted.
As I looked more at the machines, I also realized this... the North American companies I'd looked at that are importing machines all import and resell machines from GW. That means a lot... I'm making the assumption that if these companies are willing to stand behind GW machines, they have to be decent. Buying the machine direct from GW is considerably less expensive.
LC1512 - 1500x1200mm cutting area. (Approx 47x59 inches)
150w Reci Tube (Reci V8)
Leetro 6535 DSP
Honeycomb / Knife Bar table
Optional Rotary Tool (everyone gets a wine bottle next Christmas!)
USB Mode (allows machine to read jobs off a memory stick)
Over Temp Alarm
Red Dot (in line with beam, not on the head)
Yellow / Grey color scheme (matches my ULS machine!)
GW requires a 50% deposit, and is quoting me 10-14 days to ship (would be less than a week, but my custom color slows it down). We did the T/T this morning. Wish me luck!!
Two other notes: 1) Make sure your machine is FDA certified. You can get other ones into the US as demo units, but it's a pain. 2) Watch what tube you're quoted... the Reci V8 is 150w/180w Max... the V6 is 130w/150w Max... some places try to call the V6 their 150W tube.