Hi all, Any experience with the newer Acra brand Bridgeport clones? Most of the posts I can find about them are all about machines from the '90s. They are Taiwanese made, and look like they come with some decent features on the base mill. http://acramachinery.com/Manual_Machines/AM2.htm I'm thinking about getting the Step Pulley and adding a VFD later. I'd like to hear a second opinion, but I don't think I'll notice much of a loss from going with their 2HP motor instead of a 3HP. From what I've read, higher HP on a manual mill, will only ever be noticed with large face mills or large diameter drills. I typically don't use either. I'm leaning towards the Acra right now because it seems to be a good quality (for import) mill and they have a company in California that I could get parts from if needed. The other mills I was looking at Birmingham's 9x49 and the PM935 and PM945V. I don't have much to go off of, but for Birmingham, I've read some complaints about their lathes, that make me not trust them as much. As for the PM stuff, the 935 is priced right, but I feel I'd miss the extra table and travel eventually and the 945 is just pushing what I want to spend right now. I don't need any options with the equipment. I have a DRO and scales and a power feed from a RF45 that I will be upgrading from. I'm also not really interested in older mills. My income is supplemented by the work I do on my benchtop mill. I want to get the the new mill in my shop and up and running as soon as possible so I can sell the RF45. I live in NE Texas and the used equipment market is not booming, but old BP's are over-priced and hobby stuff sells quick.