Off-road racing is a gear-stripping, brake-grinding, suspension-squashing sport. Jim Lambert, president of Lambert Motorsports, knows this all too well. Last year he went through five transmissions on his Ultra4 racing rig, and he plowed into a tree on a forested New England racetrack, destroying the front end of his chassis.

The wear, tear and outright damage that an off-road vehicle sustains over the course of a rough-and-tumble season makes for long weekends and late nights in the shop repairing, reinforcing and re-engineering off-road vehicle components. Lambert had been doing this all by hand, cutting out paper templates in CAD, tracing them onto metal sheets, and hand-cutting each piece. The process was time-consuming and the outcome was often imprecise.

But 16 months ago, when Lambert began building a new Ultra 4 racing rig, he pulled the trigger on purchasing a Torchmate 2X2 machine, one of the most compact and affordable CNC fabricating machines on the market.

Today, he can’t figure out what took him so long.