new Ridgid Drill Press 1550
I went ahead and bought a 1550 new in box. Home Depot honors competitors coupons so I found a 20% Harbor Freight. Final cost including tax was $255.
I took my own sweet time assembling over 2 days. First day I waxed all the exposed metal including the column, table and cleaned off the packaging grease.
Everything went together well. The top is heavy, about 80 lbs., I did manage to lift it up and on the column myself, not too bad.
In operation it works smooth and relatively quiet. The belt changing and tensioning took some getting used to, but now it's a snap.
Very happy overall since I need this tool to make the holes on cribbage boards. Some fit and finish issues include unnecessary dings and paint smudges on the body and logos. No deal breaker. Directions are a bit vague at points, but it's a somewhat simple setup. I guess there are questions that go unanswered in the manual, like how to know if the chuck is secure and the belt tensioning, but nothing serious.
9 out of 10. I would recommend to a friend.