Ok, took the plunge and got it.
If you are happy moving your table to drill long holes, using spacers,
or a bench top fits your projects by al means read no further.
For anyone interested in an opinion, I am very impressed with this
drill press. It was a bigger package than expected but did fit in the
van. Getting it out of the van, onto the porch and into the basement
was a bit of challenge (very well built, read damn heavy). Got it down
there piece by piece, cleaned, waxed and assembled all in one evening.
I do not have a dial caliper so I can't measure the run out but it
purrs like a kitten with no vibration at all. The table adjustment has
no noticeable backlash, which I also had to be careful of on the
Craftsman. Their website only listed a bracket for a light but it came
with it. The belts are typical V type but adjustment is very easy. A
levered cam moves the motor in and out to remove/adjust tension. I am
considering bolting it to the floor but it has a good footprint and is
not tippy at all.
Total damages: $396 (after a $75 rebate)
Would I do it again: In a heartbeat.