Setting up a wood shop in my 2 car garage. #3: Delta 950L Drill Press

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Blog entry by Jim posted 12-30-2009 01:39 AM 2470 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased a few of the items for my shop, including this Delta Drill Press, at Lowes because I had some 10% off coupons. Like with the Table Saw I would have liked to purchase something a little better locally but the budget won’t allow it.

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There really wasn’t much to setting this up. Just unpack and put it together. The hardest part was lifting the head on the post. It’s really a two person job but I managed to do it myself.

All set up and ready to go:

So far it seems to be working out good. Time will tell.

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 01:46 AM

sharp looking drill press… When are you going to build the table for it LOL ;)

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 01:47 AM

congrats and enjoy.

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 02:46 AM

Did you buy a planer? If so what kind?

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 02:51 AM

Nice looking drill press.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 03:21 AM

I have had that same DP for almost 3 years now and it is great. interpim, he does not need to build a table for this one. It has a woodworkers table already. Built in T tracks, replacable center plugs, and besides the left and right tilt, it also tilts forward for compound angles. Once adjusted, the laser crosshairs are great, makes alignment real fast.

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 04:16 AM

Other than maybe the monster throw of the Steel City, I have no clue what more you could want in a drill press… That is a sweet machine.

I’m not the biggest fan of current Delta hardware, but that drill press, and the latest Unisaw are earning a lot of points with me…

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 05:21 AM

I just noticed that SBG has not installed the light yet. LOL

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 06:29 AM

Same drill press I bought at Lowes. I like it except for the dial type depth stop. Otherwise it is a workhorse. I am getting ready to order the link belts for it this week.

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#9 posted 12-30-2009 04:30 PM

Thanks Guys.

Larry, yes I did get a plainer. It’s the DeWalt DW735, another 10% off purchase at Lowes. I want to get a stand built for it before I start using it though.

Papadan, you are correct! I have not installed the light yet.

Greg, I agree. The depth stop is not the best design.

Does anyone know of an easy way to adjust the speed on this drill press? I can’t seem to get the motor to move far enough forward to loosen the belts. I loosen both locking nuts on each side but the motor only moves forward about 1/4” when I try to move it.


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#10 posted 01-03-2010 01:51 PM

That is a very nice drill press, and like Dan said made for woodworkers. The 1/4” sounds about right. Some belt positions are a little more difficult to change than others. The belts are new and will probably stretch a little bit with time. I usually take off the belt on the smallest diameter pulley first by nudging it onto the rim as I turn it. That always seems to work, but it’s a bug bear sometimes.

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 09:54 PM

Thanks for the info Stegang. I’ll give it another try since I’ve used it some to see if the belts are a little easier to move.

thanks again,

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