General 75-500 M1 22" Drill Press

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Blog entry by TooTall posted 05-08-2011 04:13 AM 2103 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old drill press crashed today. I am looking at the General 75-500 M1 to replace it. Can anybody give me some feedback on this machine? I need at least an 18”. I’m getting a little nervious about the Delta and Powermatic after reading some of the reviews.

-- Bob P, Wisconsin,

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 01:58 PM

I wish I could be of assistance. I have a Rigid that I think is a little bit smaller than what you’re looking for. However, you may want to check. If Rigid makes a press large enough to cover your needs, I think mine is great.


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#2 posted 05-08-2011 06:46 PM

I bought a Craftsman 20” on Craigslist which was bought originally about 8 months earlier by the owner who had to relocate to Atlanta and couldn’t take it with him. I am very satisfied with it’s performance and power and it lists somewhat cheaper than Powermatic. I checked out the Delta and for one reason or another it was crossed off my list. The Powermatic and General were at the top of my list till I came across the Craftsman at $500 which wiped them out at that price! Do check out Craigslist and expand your search area and if you are willing and able to travel a bit, it could be worth your while unless you absolutely need it right away.

This is the best I can do.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 05-08-2011 06:59 PM

I looked at the Delta at Rockler and to me it looked great. You get a woodworkers table which you can’t beat and a light ,plus a new way of changing speeds , plus a laser. What else can you ask for. As always Delta puts out a great machine.

The thing I’m seeing with the reviews that come out with these machines are some people get the good apple and other’s get the bad one. The reason for this is because most of these tool companies have gone overseas and the quality control is not always there. In my opinion the Delta seems good for the money.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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