"a much bigger and problematic leak that seems to be happening internally, in a cavity that you cannot get to, that i assume is happening under the machine xy table to the base that leaks out one of the bolt holes on the feet. this is gonna be a pain in the ass to fix, as i have no idea where it even is leaking from."
do you mean the leak is in the main stand, under the machine itself, and not in the little wings you bolt on? (or maybe it came in one piece?). its probabaly pretty easy to seal the leak with silicone. FINDING the leak and reaching it i guess is the tricky part.
"no after hours support.. we ran into the bolts missing problem and called a few times to them and no answer.. i guess we will need to wait till monday."
if you email khai, you might get an answer even on weekend, but you arent likely to get any resolutions til monday - unless is something he can solve easily over email. what bolts were missing?
" the vice i ordered from them with the table sucks.. will buy a new one."
which vise did you order? what exactly about it sucks? i was planning on ordering the 4" model.
"no free magazines that they say they give you.. this is a small thing, but since they make a big deal of it on the order page, it would of been nice to get it. "
my magazines came in the mail. they basically sign you up for a trial subscription with digital machist etc. wouldnt be much point mailing old issues (that and dm can pester you to renew, doh! nothings really free is it)
"The thin flashing used to cosmetically block off the top shaft rattles like crazy when the machine is cutting ( i put some rubber grommets behind the bolts that seems to have helped ) and the bolt holes for the splash guards do not line up very nice."
the thin flash, is this the one on top of the spindle head, covering the ball screw in the column? my immediate thoughts on seeing that were to just remove it. didnt look like it would rattle, but just be in the way.
no instructions is a pain. they may not have the manual prepared yet. on the other machines they got manuals in chinese, and then had to translate. it wasnt toobad though cause you could get manuals from smithy or sieg that were nearly the same. the 145 is more unique.