I have been involved with 4wheeling (and would still like to do so if I could find a good place to go here in Georgia), for 15 years. What I observed there among some of the fellas I have observed in people most everywhere. "I need to have the best to be the best". And before get flamed not all
people are that way, but enouth are that one can make an observation or two.
Get what you can afford and see what the next step is. As one's ability increases and in so doing justifies a better "wigget" then get it. You may buy the best "wiggit" only to sell in on Craig's list for half or less that you paid for it.
Sometimes it seems the longer one works with something that is not "the best" and overcomes it's failings the better he or she is when the "best" comes around. I read one time where someone suggested that if someone wanted to be good at woodworking then pick up a knife and a piece of wood and start whittling. After doing that for a year or two then you will know and understand wood, how it feels, how it reacts etc. I don't know if one needs to do that, epically at 65, running out of time, but I think I understand what he meant.
Get what you can afford and work with what you got. Sometimes we can spend so much on tools we can't afford the wood and then what's the point? I see pictures of some of the shops and see what looks to me to be a "mess", then I see what is produced out of that "mess" and it is a jewel. I think that I am learning that I should just enjoy and not run after anyone. The basement shop I am working on is just because we were going to finish the space eventually and I just get to use it till we need it for other things and then it's back to the garage, no big thing.
Well so much for that and after dinner I will post on the "basement shop's" big setback in time.