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I think you may get better results with your question here than your same question you posted on Practical.
I can not answer your question, but I think Geof will likely have some comments on machine specifics.
My general comments are:
(1) I like the HAAS control for simplicity of use especially in a job shop type of environment.
(2) I much prefer a totally enclosed machine. Allows useful flood coolant, and contains chips.
(3) I never want to use a manually loaded spindle again. An adequate tool changer, meaning enough tools, will save a lot of man-hours.
(4) I would not be without MACROS, rotation and scaling, rigid tapping, and a gear box in your application.
Some of these are options that can be turned on after purchase for a price.