I sent you an email the other day about your machines. Thanks again for the reply.
I know what you mean. I've been researching mills from Tormach, Industrial Hobbies, Novakon, and of course, Mikini. I'll probably be purchasing here in the next 2-3 months, so I'm still deciding on what to buy but Mikini is on top of the list right now. I am leaning towards the 1610L because it offers an integrated, complete milling machine that has been designed from the ground up to combine all components together.
If the Mikini is able to cut steel like you claim, than it is definetly a runner. I don't think that people on cnczone are unimpressed with the Mikini mill. Mikini might not have the popularity of other mills on this site yet. Maybe its because it's a relatively new company? Or, maybe owners of Mikini mills are always out in their shops making chips and don't have time to post on forums
Either way, for the price, it is close to mills offered by Tormach, Novakon and IHCNC once an enclosure is built, coolant added, DRO, spindle meter, bla bla bla. Maybe a little more expensive, but I'm convinced you get what you pay for.
Also, time is money... set-up and assembly take time.
Just my thoughts