NO. But I don't see where that would matter much.
It's the swivel axis for the gimbal action.
YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK A HOME DEPOT ASSOCIATE THAT QUESTION.
ABOUT 12 INCHES.
It's throw away packaging.
Like most products, it is made in China. Don't believe the hype that China products are of the same quality as one other person said. One just needs to look at the difference between USA Craftsman and China made Craftsman. ALL these Chinese made products have a shorter lifespan. Look at the older Dewalt and Milwaukee products that works for decades. You wont find that with the new "same quality" china crap they want you to believe.