A while back, I complained about the quill stop on my Rockwell drill press.
Well, this time it’s an incredibly poorly machined fence.
I borrowed a Shop Fox brand Hollow Chisel Mortising machine from a friend. This is not a high end tool. But still, one would think the mfr could to a little better job.
This is the company’s image. Notice how nice and level that white fence is. (admittedly, the white fence is hard to see on a white background.)
Here’s what my friend’s fence looks like:
Now the reason this fence isn’t straight is because the two flats machined on the rear support/adjustment rod aren’t machined perpendicular to each other.
So, when you tighten down the lock knob, it twists out of square.
Now, I will say that I didn’t have any problems with the whacky fence. It’s just that such poor machining gives one an idea of the attention to detail these “fine Chinese” tools are held to.
I have a set of Shop Fox roller supports that failed because of the puny spot welds meant to hold the rollers to the stand. (height adjustment knob failed too.)
Needless to say, I would never again buy a Shop Fox tool, nor recommend them.