Thanks, I will go at it from there.
What you have described is not too far from what I will be dealing with as complexity. I will only need slightly bigger work envelope than you do, based on your post.
Thanks for being blunt, I'm not sure what I need/want myself. Based on some new info I found, I believe 3-axis machine will be enough for what I want to do, but I'm still researching. I'm still hesitant to lean towards full scale industrial level machine - I'm just not sure I will be utilising its full potential. Maybe I'm so confused, I'm confusing even you guys, eh.
When I stated my budget that was the absolute highest I can go. I did the same thing when I bought my 3D printer. I allocated 2 000 for it and ended up paying 800. That's me, I guess. I shiver in horror with the thought of not spending another 200-500 bucks and not getting the actually good machine that I want and can afford. Hope that makes sense.
Initially, I wanted to go for a 4-axis machine because I was worried I wouldn't be able to rotate the model properly and machine all sides in the right planes. After some research I found out that I can do that with a 3-axis router and vices. You, quite mindfully, asked what projects I want to machine. The answer is that I don't know but I want a fair bit of versatility. I want to be able to make something out of aluminium for my car, something out of wood for home comfort etc. Hope this gives you a clue.
Don't give me ideas, mate, I might just listen to you, lol.