Hi guys, Another post in the stream of noobs asking "which machine?" I have an introduction post here if you wnat to know more about my situation. In this case, I have a pretty narrow question: I have an opportunity to buy a mill, very similar to a G0704, for example. My plan is to use it for small hobby work, primarily in aluminum. Issue is, I have a tough choice: I can get the variable speed model, with speeds from 40-3000 RPM, or I can get the non-variable version, with 6 speeds from 115 to 1700 RPM. If it was a matter of a small premium, then it's a no-brainer and you get the variable speed! However, there is a catch- I can get a discount on the 6-speed. A big, big discount. Think 2/3 price. So, my question is, if I'm working aluminum with small bits, am I goin to miss the higher speed capapbility? Is 115 to 1700 rpm sufficient range for a mill? What price-premium would you put on the variable speed and wider range? What capability, if any, do I lose from choosing the much cheaper 6 speed? Any thoughts appreciated.