Milltronics today makes some pretty good machines. We’ve used them for 20 years. 20 years ago they made, well to be honest, junk by today’s standards. But so did Haas, Fadal, Tree, Bridgeport and a few others, I know because I used a few back in the late 80’s that you wanted to throw away after 3 years. You just did what you had to do with what was available then. Milltronics never had the huge financial resources to advertise and promote their products like Haas did to beat back the negative rumors. They were all cheap and a lot of small start up shops bought them by the thousands. Many are still running today. Two years ago we traded an 18 year old one that was still running strong for a new 30 X 20 VM20, it weighs in at 11K pounds, no light weight in my book for a machine that size. Almost twice what our old 26 X 16 Partner 1 weighed and the same as our 40 X 24 VM24. As far as controllers go, I can’t say much because we have used a CAM system to program everything but set ups are very quick and easy. Milltronics was a great company to work with if you ever needed help even though we didn’t very often. I’m worried that their level of service may suffer now.
$150K minimum machine price to discus CNC on this forum? That would eliminate more than half the machines sold today I would think.