Reviews and Problems with Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools
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Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand
William T. Anderson "Mellon smasher", amazon.com
5 February 2012
Summary: Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Out of the box, this tool is clumsy, noisy and imprecise. Having said that, once you perform some simple adjustments and lubrication, this is a very precise unit. Out of the box, the unit comes with almost everything you need. In my case (and also on their website "enhanced" assembly instructions) the unit is missing the hole required to tilt your tool on it's horizontal axis.
Don't buy!!! It might be cheaper than the Dremel, but...
Alan R. Salman, amazon.com
26 December 2011
Summary: Poorly designed and constructed. The body is made of plastic, the stand and holder for the Dremel are made of pot metal. The components don't fit together very well and as a result it is virtually impossible to get a straight up and down hole with any precision. Don't buy!!! You'll regret it!!
Summary: This stand has been used for months now, almost every night in my "home machine shop" for everything from drilling PCB's to drilling and milling pieces of aluminum, wood, plastic and (more rarely) steel. The build quality is not great and this is mostly due to the plastic pieces. If only these pieces were at least aluminum this would be a fantastic piece. Its best feature is how generic it is.
Summary: I bought the stand for testing it out to integrate it in my kit. The looseness is all over the place.It is practically impossible to drill an accurate hole with that thing. The base supported in three points so it rocks. Overall it is even worse then Dremel stand. Very disappointed.
Summary: Due to some of the comments on this item, I was a little concerned how it was going to work as most of these mini items are geared toward the actual Dremel tool and I use the Black and Decker exclusively. However, when I received it and mounted my B&D tool on it, it took only very minor adjustments. The only minor hindrance I had was screwing on the collar which attaches the tool to the stand.
Summary: Works fine, but wish they didn't switch to a plastic pinon. My old drill press had a metal pinon that is still going strong. I'm concerned the plastic part won't last. Perhaps I am worrying over nothing - time will tell. Otherwise, it's a great price for a drill press. Arrived super fast.
Summary: I read most of the reviews and decided to give this a shot, the assembly instructions are pretty useless. They don't show that you must use the nuts supplied as the holes are not threaded for the base and the shaft. If you are concerned about the side play please read on: Once I put it together I tightened up the "brass" screws that eliminate the play in the smaller shaft, tighten them until it seizes the shaft then back of a little.
Summary: This rotary tool stand is ideal for casual use by the home hobbiest, and easily fits both the Dremel and Black & Decker rotary tool lines. The only weak point for me was the plastic collet nut that holds the rotary tool in place, which stripped out after a few months of hard use. But Milescraft has great and responsive customer service, and they promptly sent out two replacement collets -- for free!