Great review! No problem about ranting on holidays, I think the holidays is the best time for me to invest more time in this hobby
Everyone seems to mention cleaning the X3, is this really nescessary for performance or is it just a cosmetic thing? If I skip the cosmetics, have all the parts ready (gecko 540, power supply, cnc fusion deluxe kit, wires, etc) can this project be done over the weekend? Is there a lot of room for error when putting on the CNCfusion kit?
As far as software goes, Mach3 software is $150 and I can use a free CAM program or buy one at the same price ($150). I know google sketchup is good enough to make the parts I want to build at first and tried Autocad the other day and it seems to be a similar concept. Going to try Solidworks as well. Should I be investing a lot of my time in google sketchup or do I really need to learn a more advanced CAD program in order to make good parts?
Does the CNC fusion kit come with all the configuration settings for Mach3? If not, is there a website or forum post out there that tells me how to set up Mach3 for use with the converted X or SX3?
The KX3 will likely cost me just about $4000 with a stand. Probably won't invest in a coolant system until I know I need it and can built an enclosure so coolant doesn't fly into my apartments white walls
What would make the CNCFusion converted X3 better quality than the KX3? I would assume the main thing would be high quality ball screws, anything else? This is becoming a very tough decision and I have narrowed it down to just a couple options now so I appreciate all the help.