This post is probably more for the newer guys, but I had a few minutes and thought I’d type this up while I had the time.
Recently, @CharleyThomas posted a note about his CNC upgrade on his PM-727V mill as part of some larger thread. Since I was on the fence about getting the mill, I just dropped him a quick “what do you think” in the thread, and instead of a quick “yes, it’s nice” or “no, don’t buy it” I got a call from Charley and he proceeded to spend nearly 2 hours of his day talking about his experience.
I know how busy everyone is, and for Charley to take almost 2 hours out of his day to talk was a really great case-in-point about a lot of the members here. Inventables makes a great machine, but what makes the difference, IMHO, is this forum, and the willingness of pretty much everyone to help out each and every one of us.
Before I bought my XCarve (late 2015 iirc) I read every post on the forum, and it was the level of dedication here that pushed me to make the leap.
So …. if you are on the fence, read the forums, start to finish, the names of those willing to go the extra mile will certainly bubble up, and those are the people you can rely on to help you when you get stuck, because you will. But don’t let the complexity of the kit, or the overwhelming quantity of troubleshooting topics stop you from buying.
You do, however, have a responsibility to give back, so make sure to respond to questions, help out the new guys, and treat them like you know you were treated (or should have been) when you were just getting started.
Kudos to the forum members!