Gotcha. Thank you for the feedback! I appreciate it.I have both and I use both, though I don't use the table top manual cutter very often, maybe 2 to 3 times a year. Just starting out I would get the manual table top cutter but if I could afford it I would also pick up a good CMC. Like Ted said, it depends upon the workload. You will never get the same cut quality out of a manual cutter, close but not the same.