Let me preface by apologizing since this has been discussed several billion times on the forum. Unfortunately none of the threads I was able to find were able to give me definitive answers. I've got $2,000 to spend on a build. I'm a Luthier by trade which makes choosing a machine a bit more difficult. While I don't plan to use a CNC on my expensive instruments, I'd like to be able to make some easier to build models for less experienced players. Plus, the inlay options are exciting to think about. Anywho. My needs are Needs a 5"-7" cutting depth (5" will be fine) I would like it to be as close to 24" x 36" as possible (roughly 600x900) It would have to have the ability to cut aluminum, this is actually my main reason to buy one of these, right now, I melt down and mill my own steel to have a bolt on neck plate that is hand hammered then stamped with my signature. I'd like to be able to cut some really beefy aluminum ones for cheaper instruments so I'd like for the aluminum option to be at least 2" if possible. I assume the cut speed is going to be significantly reduced for a 2" depth of cut but I'm cool with that. I would REALLY love to have a ready to order build, I don't know if it's possible to share a shopping cart but I have a habit of ordering a ton of parts and inevitably ordering the wrong one Any help is GREATLY appreciated! I'm really impressed with how awesome this forum is as a resource for folks like me looking to build a CNC without dropping 50k.