I am the owner of a metal fab business in the USA. www.metalmagicinc.net I did a lot of research before deciding to buy a Torchmate. Money was a big concern for me at the time so I built my own table. My shop is a 40' X 50' shop so room was also a concern. I decided that a 5' X 10' machine would be the biggest I would ever need. Wrong. I have since had many requests for a larger size. For cost efficiency a larger machine is the way to go. The machine cuts so fast that the cost of running it is in the transfer of material. Therefore larger tables are less expensive to run. As for Torchmates comparison to Plasma cam; I have a friend who bought a smaller Plasma cam. His machine is by far lighter than mine, he wastes a lot of time indexing and the tech support is free for only a short time then you are charged by the minute. I have had my machine for over 3 years now and Torchmate is still free and very supportive. I have had computer crash’s that took out all my programming and recently they again walked me right through any trouble I had. I believe there programming is better and is user friendly. I do custom cutting of parts for local manufacturing shops as well as my metal are and have many repeat customers.