Although I’ve been a woodworker for 20 plus years, I’m about to start a small woodworking business and I’m new to CNC. I’m about to order a Journeyman. The temptation is to go for the Elite with the main negative being the 18-20 week wait. Other than the lack of the wait time and the lower cost, is there any reason to go for the X-50 version of the Journeyman? It’s been around for a while and as such has become a proven design. But the Elites various components have also been around for a while and are proven, although not all together as the new machine.
So I guess my questions are, should I just go ahead and order the Elite Journeyman if I don’t mind the wait and the price difference? Am I missing any other factors here?
Short: Get the Elite right from the start. Don’t even consider another scenario.
Longer: If you want to get your feet wet with CNC while you wait, buy a small and cheap aluminum extrusion machine. The hassle of re-fitting all the Elite upgrades to an older system is going to be a pain, plus you’re going to spend so much more $$ and end up with all manner of extra bits that you have no use for, including an entire buildbotics controller. That’s an enormous waste.