This past Friday my buddy Gary and I built a machine for his shop - the CNCRouterparts.com 4'X4' rack and pinion machine. Its a all alum and steel build. He and i spent 9 hours assembling it - from shipping boxes to files running. At the end of 9 hours all three axis were moving. I had previously built his G540 controller box and the stand was done and his PC had Mach on it ready to go. There are no instructions but there are some good youtube video of a guys build, a solidworks 3d mode. and this is about the fourth machine I have helped assemble (all Joes machines previously). With controller and the nice parts we put in it, K2 mount and dust shoe, echain, stand and the machine kit he is in under $4K.
Here is a picture of our results and a video of it running (very slowly) during the first run of the roadrunner gcode.
Tasks left to do - mount and router install, MDF table, home switches, touch plate, echain install and cable routing.
Just thought i would show an awesome kit that is available. Tools used to assemble, box end wrences, socket set, allen/hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and drill for holes to mount the kit to the steel base.
click the next image for the video: