"You would make good use of a 440 but it would leave a lot of room to desire something with more features."
-Oh, I agree. But as is all too often the case, reality takes precedence over desire.
I mean, if I had my preferences, I'd have a shop like Inception's, full of nearly-new HAAS, Mazak and Okuma production machines, and I'd have at least three guys on staff taking my prototypes and CADing them up for the production floor.
But considering I can't even afford to buy lunch for the CAD guys, that ain't gonna happen.
More realistically, yes, I'd much prefer to have a full 1100, with the tool changer, power drawbar, 4-th axis, enclosure, automatic drip coffee maker and accessory kitten-licker. The problem is, that's something like $25K- within the price of a used HAAS- and the size of a Volkswagen Bus.
I don't have $25K nor the room to park a bus in my shop.
Realistically, an a'la carte 440 is roughly within my current budget, and if I sell or otherwise dispose of another machine, I should be able to squeeze it into the shop.