I'll be 64 this year and learning this machine and acquiring the skills to use it is a multi-year project. I don't want to buy something that's wonky to begin with or something that won't cut the same line twice. My intention is just a home shop I can spend some days on woodworking, building some grandkid items, and maybe few challenging small projects along the way.
I’m not in a hurry because I still need to clean out the office, so this spring/summer and I can wait a month for delivery if necessary. I’m thinking $5K +-, not including other misc. expenses and I'm not opposed to good used equipment if I can reduce costs or bump up quality.
It looks like VCarve Pro is the way to go for software unless I'm convinced otherwise.
Maybe a 4th axis turner/attachment later, or all in now if the price is right.
Plenty of space, I'll convert my Home Office I've used it for 18 yrs. Its 24' x 40 and has 1 x 240v outlet which I had converted to 2 x 120v 20a years ago. I can convert it back or add 1 more 240v easily. I also had 8' fluorescents converted to LED 4 years ago, so plenty of light. All my other shop equipment is 110v benchtop/light duty but relatively good quality Delta, DeWalt, Porter Cable, Milwaukee, etc.
I can bump up scale/quality of my other equipment as the need arises-after paying for the router.
As for projects, I was thinking of starting with some kitchen cabinet doors/drawer fronts, so I’ll need a big enough router bed. That seems like a simple repetitive starter project, am I wrong? Later maybe Guitar bodies, signage, and the ability for 3D millwork. Profit is not my current goal, but it would be nice to be able to pay some expenses when I find the opportunity.