This is a necessary evil of any lab, workshop. I have needed one for quite awhile. When I moved from New Jersey to in 1979 I left my floor unit with my bother. Imported yes, but well done, and morse taper removable chuck. So the other day Harbor Freight was having a Black something Sale and with the coupons and what not I pick this one up for about 40 bucks.
I did not really expect much. I opened the box, nothing missing. (that's a good sign). First problem: They give you 3 bolts, washers, and split washers to hold the column to the base. This was a good time to try out Loctite # 243 medium strength goo. But PROBLEMS:
Other than that hiccup it when together very nicely. While getting ready to put the cuck in place. I found out that the chuck has a tapper (JT33) and just presses on.
I will have to get a dial indicator to see the run-out. But it seems to be fairly accurate, and I can not see any substantial run-out.
You will notice that I still have the protective plastic bags over the parts. (Did you ever cut plastics?)
~~ Cris H.
1. (May 3, 2018) Could use an "X & Y" table, controlled by an Arduino, and web interface could even use G-Code. As drilling 5 holes for instrument mounts is a pain - in - duh - ass! No Boo Boos!!