In the end i did not go for the Servos. I discussed it with Phil and given that the recommended spindle starts at 7000rpm and goes all the way to 24,000RPM. Sounds nice in theory, but i felt that I would do most of my work below that. And the servos, while they have twice the power (watts), Phil actually advised that at low speeds (feed rates) they produce less power. I did get the 4th Axis, and will source a chuck once the machine arrives. Bit of a pain really, not getting one with it, even if it costs a few bucks more.
I have bought some ER25 and Er32 collet chucks, a drill chuck, a very nice face mill, and a 5/8" "mini Mill (2 inserts) with inserts for steel and Ali. All from Galcern (Glacern Machine Tools - Premium Quality Vises and Tooling). The tools I have received are of excellent quality, and very well finished. Phil is also getting two of the GPV-615 vices, at some very good prices. I have already seen the same vice. I have a friend from around my way, whom I met on CNC zone, told him about the Glacern tools and he went out and bought 2 himself. His arrived a little while ago, VERY VERY nice. But just a little surprised that it does not have a clamping cylinder, it's purely mechanical.
It feels like forever, I'm almost counting down the days (bit like christmas I suppose;-)) for it too arrive. I will try and get onto some photos and Vids once it arrives. Have you had your machine hitting the chips much yet?
Peter Saunders (email@example.com)