I made a list of things I looked for in a CNC router:
- Price around $600
- Precise enough to machine 0.5 module gears
- Powerful and Rigid such that machining soft metals is reasonably easy
- Compact to not take up much space and fit onto my cabinet
- fairly Silent
I wonder how far will $600 get me as this budget is for sure on the lower end of the desktop CNC market.