As the tech keeps getting better and cheaper with will get real interesting.
The work envelope is tiny, you still have to supply a computer and learn to program it to produce the parts you want, and did I mention it's tiny? It also uses tiny cutters, think Dremel sized, and with the stresses involved, I'd be expecting a lot of tool breakage, especially while learning. Some of the other specs raise red flags, too, but that's getting pretty deep in the weeds. For the money, you can buy a much more capable machine, especially if you're willing to let go of the CNC end of it. I think the majority of hobby machinists would be much better served by a medium sized manual machine, big enough to hog off steel when needed, but small enough that you don't need a reinforced concrete floor to set it on. I made the mistake of buying too small a mill, before I knew what I needed, if I had it to do over, I'd get a machinist friend help choose a more capable machine that still fit my budget. And BTW, none of these machines are magic, there's a definite learning curve that requires some commitment, whether manual or CNC. Later.
Meant to respond to this earlier. I'd shy away from the combo mill/lathe machines, too many compromises. They look good on paper, but the work envelope suffers from the lathe chuck getting in the way of the milling head and vice versa. Plus, it'll never fail, you'll be set up for lathe and need to do a milling project, or vice versa . My lathe is a 12" x 24", that's plenty big enough for most gun smithing. The other thing to watch for is the size stock that will fit through the headstock, lots of the smaller machines max out at 3/4" or less, consider 1" a minimum for gun work, and bigger is better. Mine is a belt drive vs. gear drive, I actually consider that an advantage for the hobby/occasional machinist. When you screw up (and you will) a belt will slip where a gear will break, makes for a more forgiving machine and less costly repairs. Couple of other things worth having are a powered cross feed and separate lead screws for threading and turning. All that said, keep in mind it's coming from a self taught hobby "machinist", these are things that have proved important/advantageous to me, YMMV. Later.
My neighbor is a machinist. I need to get his advice before he moves to Montana.
Not sure I want a CNC anything - I think a manual multi-axis milling machine and a decent lathe would be enough - maybe one of those combo mills/lathes. I am not into production and I am retired, so setup and work time are not a priority, flexibility is - I want to make custom parts and items.
I had a combo mill/drill lathe combo. Everything they tell you is true about limitations and I sold it.Not sure I want a CNC anything - I think a manual multi-axis milling machine and a decent lathe would be enough - maybe one of those combo mills/lathes. I am not into production and I am retired, so setup and work time are not a priority, flexibility is - I want to make custom parts and items.
That would be a mistake in my opinion -- unless they just want to open a store under Amazon and give Bezos a cut, I doubt they're going be competitive online only.... A store manager seems to think that Harbor Freight is going to go all online with everything and close their stores. That would be too bad. ...