Sure you can do some pretty good work on a mill drill if you want to put up with there shortcomings. Ive had one for 30 years so I know. If a guy could buy a new mill drill for 1000 then it might be worth the aggrivation but if youre gonna spend 2000 to 3000 what is the point when for 5000 you can buy a new import knee mill or a good used Bridgeport and have so much more of a mill. Id hope someone would point me in this direction if i was just starting out. I agree with you on needing the skill to do the job but why point a new guy in a direction to waste his money when he could buy a good mill once and be set for a long time.