rec.crafts.metalworking measuring play in quill+spindle of milling machines & drills I'm hoping that some here have measured the play in the quill+spindle of bridgeport & equivilent millers, which will be a deciding factor when I buy one in the future. The measurements that I have made were by chucking a 10 inch piece of bar stock and pulling 10 lbs left then 10 lbs right at the end with a spring scale with the quill lock, when present, loose. A dial indicater set on the spindle indicates the play. A small bench size drill press, a $60 version, showed 13 thousandths of an inch play, 8 for a full size and heavier drill press, and 5 for a spanking new mill/drill from Harbor Freight. The last omitted the scale which leaves it a bit questionable. If anyone has made equivilent measurements, posting the results here would be greatly appreciated.