I saw no shipping damage!
I think I’ve found a solution to this – I’ve taken it apart and turned the rod upside down. The tough spot was at the bottom end, so putting it at the top should mean it’s mostly out of the way.
I’ll give it a test in the morning – maybe I can avoid having to buy a new rod.
Loving the machine so far! Next step for me is to look at how I’m going to mount this Kress.
I’ve noticed that the collets for the Kress are pretty expensive – about $25 each. Are there any sizes that you’d recommend a beginner getting?
Edit: I appreciate you testing everything. It could well be that I damaged the rod myself without realising – it’s been sat on the workbench for the past few weeks while I created the workshop.