I was wondering what your guys' thoughts are on the Haas GR series routers like the GR-510 and GR-710 models. They would be used mainly for profiling countertops.
Now, a little background -- the Haas machine was a suggestion I made to my friend who owns a countertop business after seeing a video of a Breton machine running. It was more a spur-of-the-moment suggestion than a well-thought-out strategy, but the lack of a proper tool changer (I think it just leaves the tools sitting out on the side) and slow rapids kind of turned me off; when I saw the Breton's $250k price tag I thought he was out of his mind.
So please set me straight. Do I simply not understand the value of the Briton, or is the Haas a comparable machine? Are there things it simply won't do that a Breton will? Is the Haas a true stoneworking machine, or just a general purpose router? My background is really in engineering, but I dabble in machine tools and the price of that Briton just seemed out of this world. Thoughts?