tomgardiner wrote: My wish list would be steel and lots of it. My machine is about 3000# and it still leaves traces of vibration with fast y-axis change in direction.
I wouldn't be without a vacuum pump - a quiet one.
I would like a push button spindle - wrenchs are getting old.
Optional dust boots: pressure foot small for detailed work large for larger cutters. Swing or slide away for access to the spindle.
Drilled and tapped table to accept fixtures.
I have an older Machine, from the late 90's but it has all of these features. 10,000lbs of cast iron, 10hp becker vac pump, 10 position tool magizine with auto change, vacuum built in from the factory with auto dost boot height based on tool, vac table is set with 8mm tapped holes every 120mm. She mills up to 600IPM and rapids are at 20m/sec
Dont ignore older industrial machines. If you dont mind a steep learning curve they can provide more bang for your buck.