Here's a random collection of pics I appreciate that there's almost no detail here.
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I've had a little HAFCO MY-T mill on and off (it sort of got handed around) for a few years.

It was actually the first machine I tried to convert to CNC control.  Let's just say that I learned a LOT from it.

With the advent of the new shed, it was time to look at a more significant milling machine.
The pro's and cons were weighed up, and it came down to an X3 or an HM45. At that time I was a bit more convinced that I was going to end up CNCing whatever I bought so that swung me towards the X3 on the grounds that the 3/4" ballscrews that I'd need for the HM-45 would swamp the cost of the machine.
This was a mistake.... I'll talk more about this after some pics.

About this time, Russell (not called Dave because he's Austrian.. Austrians being the good flavour of Germans) started talking about a group import of X3's direct from Seig in China. He got some quotes and the economics where hard to argue with, All up, shipped, delivered, landed, taxed tarriffed etc. we paid about AU$1100 for the machine, a saving of about $500.  The real bargain though were the accessories, $250 for a 4" rotary table and tailstock. Silly cheap dollars for a tilting table and quick vice. The bottom line was we got an X3, rotary table+tailstock, tilting table and quick vice for about what we'd have paid for the X3 on its own.
Seig were excellent to deal with. On day one they told us how it was going to work and they met every deadline. I have a friend (Dave) who is starting to buy a lot of electrical components from China, he has nothing but good things to say about the service he gets..

The shipping costs were a real eye opener: 5 mills+acessories (see pictures below for an idea of the volume) but something like a metric ton of metal, Shipped from the factory, loaded onto a ship. Carried to Singapore, moved to another ship, then carried to a local port in Australia for US$250. That isn't a typo, US$250 to ship about a ton halfway around the world! The frustrating bit was it cost twice that to get it off the local dock and onto our trailer!  No wonder the world is full of Chinese exports..
Anyhow, eventually we did get them onto the trailer:

And so began the task of delivering them to their homes.

bet you didn't know Santa was Austrian!
We did about 200Km and 3/4 of a tank of petrol in a day, oh and we manhandled 5 milling machines (thanks to Rod for the loan of the engine hoist!). I slept well that night.

At this point I hadn't got the new bench ready for the mill, so it sat in it's crate for a few weeks before I opened her up.

All the machines survived the trip, although the crates showed signs of just how badly warfies can handle your freight.

The trick to moving machinery around is to: