Hey there Kgirl !!
Thank you for helping me. I am not trying to promote our company ... I am only hoping that some great (although 'old' or 'vintage' or 'legacy' to some folks) equipment that we have may be able to continue to be productive in the 21st century. Everything we have has worked everyday, and is still working.
I agree, buy bigger than you think you need. I have an AXYZ and he has been bullet proof so far. I had it 11 years. Still runs great and used everyday. Vacuum hold down is a must if you are doing production work. You get better material yield and and you don't have to baby sit as much.
We just ordered our 4th Multicam. 84x144 bed with tool changer and so on. Just under a 100k with vacuum pump. All of our machines are Multicam. Was at another big shop a few weeks ago and they have 6. Ours run 8+ hours a day. Anything less is a hobby machine. By the best and only cry once.
There is some nice equipment and inventory available next week due to a shop merger North of Indianapolis, IN.
I can answer questions about the equipment - I have been involved with one of the companies for over 20 years.