Been mostly lurking for a while here and trying to learn, and I think I've hit a stumbling block. Here's some quick background, then the questions: I'm looking to make hobby/custom parts for sport/dirt/vintage/weird motorcycles. Triple clamps for swapping over forks, rear sets for bikes that don't have them in the aftermarket, etc. Also need to make bushings, sleeves, spacers and the like on a lathe, and would also need to be able to make axles and thread them. I have a large shop area with a dedicated 220 circuit (runs a welder, but I wouldn't be using it and the mill at the same time). I have no machining experience at all. I have built bikes from the crank bearings out, retro-fitted EFI systems, built automatic transmissions for drag racing, along with rear ends. I've just always bought the stuff I've needed, and now I want to start making it. This is a hobby, so production concerns are not relevant. I'm not rich, but I have some money to spend, and would rather invest the cash in a turn key approach than refitting a larger machine. I also want the machine to run, not to be spending time repairing or modifying it. Support for stupid questions is something I'll need (though this post likely makes that a tad obvious). Also, I would love to have 2.5d capability in the software. I"ve seen the videos of it with basic cameras, but it seems to have died out somehow. Tormach says they don't support it? (One of the videos is their guy in their uniform on their youtube channel) Whew! Okay, questions: 1. Tormach vs Novakon. Which one and why? 2. Precision Mathews CNC machine, PM-45, is it comparable at all? I've heard they also have a CNC for the PM-940 as well. Is it a contender? 3. MPG pendants. Recommendations? 4. Lathes. I need to be able to do METRIC threading. Precision Mathews touts this as a big advantage on their lathes. PM-1228VF-LB vs PM-1127-VF-LB ; what's the difference? Is a Grizzly G4003 basically the same? Why not? Alternatives in that basic price range? 5. Touch probes. Which ones work best with the recommended mill?