I've been debating about getting a HF X2 for a while now. I know I want to have CNC in the long run and I'm thinking it may make more sense to just get a Taig CNC from the start.
Someone suggested that I look into Taig, but I don't know much about them.
Are there different sizes? Whats the current model? Where do you get your tooling? Are they ready to run on arrival other than setting up the PC?
Taig makes two models of CNC mills that are ready to go. The MM2000 and the DSLS 3000. The DSLS adds encoders on the stepper motors to provide feedback to detect missed steps. (In my experience though the only time you will will steps is if you are asking the mill to do something it cannot do.)
There are also several companies (including mine ) that buy the 'CNC ready' version of the Taig mill and add their own controls to it. These come is different price and quality ranges.
All of these systems will require some set up. You have to assemble the mill, mount the stepper motors, plug in cables, install software, etc.
Since your just getting started out take some time to read through the Mach 3 manual, and try to find a general purpose introductory book on GCode. This will fill you in on a lot of the buzzwords and terms that are used and give you a better idea of the general work flow involved in making some thing with a small CNC machine.
Warning: once you get started you will be hooked!
I ordered through Jeff this past year. Tramming the mill, installing the motors/couplers, and installing the software took me 2 nights. most of the Mach3-to-controller setup is already taken care of with the premade Taig profile jeff sent me.
Now i just need to learn gcode, workfinding, cad/cam, fixturing, safety procedures, metallurgy, etc. and i'll be ready to cut something.
Don't forget there's a bunch of tutorial videos on the Mach3 site.