I found this forum by following Mike from ZMotorsports on another forum. He has a very nice review of both of his PM machines and I have been looking to get into outfitting my shop/garage with a few machines, so here I am. I am a bit overwhelmed with all the options available but I believe I will purchase PM machines as that's the brand I always seem to go back to after looking at others. I visited the Grizzly store in Bellingham and eliminated a lot of the smaller machines as options including the 3 in 1's as that was what I thought I originally wanted. As a starting point I want to be able to produce jigs and specialized parts for my locksmith business, we do a lot of large repetitive tasks and I'd like to make our own templates and jigs, from 1/4" Lexan to 1/2" thick alum. The tech's go through them quickly as they get nicked with a router or worn out from use and they are almost useless after that. The cost to repair them is about 1/2 the price or more of buying new, but never quite the same as the anodizing is all messed up so they look "repaired" and no one wants to use them. Also new products need new jigs and the time to market for the new jigs can be slow. I'll also need to press hardened drill guides into them, so I will need to make those or buy them in bulk. But the main reason I want my own machines is that I restore classic motorcycles, mostly Suzuki's from the 70's and early 80's but occasionally an old Honda CT110 has shown up needing work, so nice to be able to make what I need for my hobby and not have to wait for parts or someone else. I have a great machine shop not far from me and they do all my current work but he's only open 8-5 M-F and I usually need stuff on the weekend and when I take something in on Monday AM I usually get it 3-4 days later or sometimes the following week. The big kicker is the US$ exchange rate is killing me and I keep waiting thinking it will improve in our favour, but I think it's just got worse. It's about 1.35 CND to a US$ at present. So I have 2 sets of machines I'm looking at, PM 1127 lathe and PM 727 Mill or going bigger with the PM1340GT and PM935. I would like to buy the same brand of machines, single supplier to deal with etc. My experience with Lathes and Mills is limited to high school metal shop, and I did do a Fitting and Turning Apprenticeship as that's what was on offer for locksmiths in NZ back in the 70's, so it's been a while since I've ran either a mill or lathe. Any feedback or advice will be appreciated.