Gippeto wrote:You didn't actually mention your budget did you?
Yeah, I didn't. As awesome as the milling machines look, I'm only getting about $110 of birthday financial support (I of course can invest my own money, but don't seem to have much right now). Milling machines cost about $400 at their cheapest, so that's pretty far out of my price range. Drill presses start at $50 (I'd probably get a 120$ or so one) and lathes start at 100$ at their cheapest.
Additionaly, my dad doesn't want me to get a lathe much since he's afraid I'll start turning metal (I can't really afford a metal lathe by the way) and there'll be all these metal bits on the floor to cut his feet up when he goes in there to check the furnace. And if I can't do anything with metal, I'm missing out on the best parts of a lathe.
Finally, I don't know much about lathes or how the spudder really uses them. Not a valid excuse, but I just kind of figure a drill press is currently my best option for financial and somewhat practical reasons.