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for an absolute basement bottom beginner, would this make an adequate "entry level" machine ?
It has a very small working area (7.1" x 11.8", with a z-clearance of 1.8" (up and down). That is a very shallow z-clearance, which may be even less when using a long bit. The max speed on the spindle is 10,000 rpm. Although it doesn't say anywhere, I suspect 1/8" is the maximum bit shaft diameter. An upgrade is available and will increase the work area to about 11.8" x 16". Here's a review from someone who has been using one for a while and is very happy with the machine.
 

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Very good starter cnc with big limitations.
Like Gaffboat said, the Z travel is very limited. If you put a spoilboard on which you should it is even less. I find this the biggest limitation but cutting 1/2" thich or less pine it is fine.
The work area is acceptible only if you keep your designs small and within your machine limitations.
Best use is learning GRBL and cutting speed and feeds. You will not cut a blinding speed as see in almost every video. Like cutting lumber with a electric hand saw or a non-electric manual saw. It is capable to do a lot of cutting designs but only after you learn the CAD and CAM software. Deciding which CAD/CAM software to use is another big decision but very important to learning quickly and long term use. Also, but good quality bits. They will cut better and last longer. Use the bits that come with the CNC first. That way when you break one, and you will, it won't cost much to replace.

Hope this helps
 
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