Rod is there another version of AL250G as the ones i have been looking at have 26mm bore and AL336 that i have looked at have 38mm bore bothe have gear head and also gear box for thread cutting however the AL336 can do both metric and imperial without to much fuss aposed to the AL250 is a little limited to metric .Also AL336 has foot break but neither the 250 or 960 have this optionThere is not really anything to mod if you buy the D version. A friend has one and its been used almost daily for years and its still hanging on.
It still has the same sized spindle as the AL250G but it has a geared head and removable chuck.
I think the biggest issue with them is the spiral feed screw covers stop you from getting close to the chuck. The AL960B does not have this problem and neither does the 250G as it has no covers!
Yes seems like you were in the right place at right time RodOoops sorry, I was referring to the AL320G I had previously not the 250. But if you have the room, the 336 is better again. Yes I would like a foot brake but heck, I bought my 960B equivalent for $4k used from H&F and when I polished it up it looked like new!. Some of the accessories were still in their original wrapping! and it had coolant and a DRO which H&F don't offer for it.