Im in the same boat as you buddy. but when i got my mill the e stop switch was not working so for the first few days more time was spend behind the machine than in front of it. I eventually found the problem (bad crimp on a connector) and fixed it but it was pretty frustrating chasing wires in the back of the machine and i had all the room i needed. Just something to think about. As for manual use yes you can use it while using manual jog its just a little tedious with out a MPG but it can be done and its still better than cranking it by hand.