Thanks for the congrats.
I don't think the cable machine is too expensive compared to a gym membership. It would easily pay for itself in two years. Especially compared to Lifetime Fitness.
I presently have a pullup bar, bench, and dumbbells. The pullup bar is wobbly, so another bonus of the cable machine would be a stable pull-up bar.
I agree, dumbells are great for squats and pressing. Dumbells are not so great for rows, chest flies, tri workouts. I'm just curious what routines others are using. My current routine is a modded version of BodyBeast with NO C