Well, my intro is out of the way, so here is the really reason I came here ! Are there any "mini mills" out there for less than $1,000 that are really worth buying ? I would be working in plastic, aluminum and some mild steel. Mostly simple things like slots and holes. I want to learn the "traditional" methods. I am concerned that the DC powered minis just don't have enough power. Vee-belts slip and I can't say that I have ever seen a cogged belt drive. A used Bridgeport or other full sized machine is just not an option. Too much space and no access to 240V. Plus I would have no idea how to check/adjust it to bring it into reasonable tolerances (+/- 0.002-5 is likely all I will ever need). Of course at my age, it is not going to get a lot of use (good thing I can afford to buy more material after an "Ooppss" !) What say the experts ? Or how does one go about finding a "garage" machinist in your area ?