For about 6 years I have owned a Chinese knock off on these particular products it came buried in the bottom of a box from an auction, I took to it straight away and eventually got rid of my mag base pole type stands because I found myself going to the Chinese stand. It however has little issues of its own one for example was a plastic knob which I fixed that by making one out of brass, it also looses pressure after about 30 minuets all livable but niggling.
In the last few months I have been playing around on my new Mini mill and found the one i own too bulky and awkward to use on this small unit so I i went on a research sabbatical on Noga as I wanted to justify the higher price, reading all the reviews and price comparisons and being a man who believes you get what you pay for i got the NF1018 from Amazon for $60.00 shipping included.
I chose this one for its small size ie its length, it does not come with a stand which i don't care as i will make to suit, its designed to be held in a collet or chuck for centering on a mill but can be used as a regular arm indicator holder in any position.
It arrived packaged nicely well protected and wrapped with care, my first thought as i extracted it from the paper was its nicely oiled for protection whilst in storage, it was loose and flopped around and once i turned the pressure knob about 30 degrees it instantly froze stiff a wonderful action it has to be sure very fluid and true, its all metal construction coupled with superb machined angles and radius's make this gem of tool to be used everyday for a lifetime. The head is designed to hold two diameter shafts and has a dovetail slot for a test indicator which rotates 180 degrees plus a fine feed screw equipped with a metal knurled knob which has a very smooth precise action.
I have been using it now for a week and my previous go to is now quite lonely sitting on the shelf above the shaper who feels just as alone.
To sum up this is an investment which will not depreciate, its form and function will give many years of pleasure through use, its extremely well manufactured I tip my hat to this Israeli company for making a wonderful tool, I will be purchasing the larger type in the future when i raised funds from the sale of all my other mag holder equipment.