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Blog entry by joez posted 09-28-2010 02:56 AM 929 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Is there a way to make a cheap drill more powerful by replacing it with a better motor?



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RonPeters

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 03:15 AM

Sure, you can always get a better motor. You can also change the fanbelt/pully arrangement.

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 04:32 AM

Sure you can, but the bigger question is… Would it be worth upgrading drill press X, Y, or Z to upgraded motor A, B, or C for variable dollars, or just go out and buy a new to you higher grade drill press… Sometimes it is better to fix what you have, sometimes it is better to replace… Your call depending on parts, your skill, and what is available to you….

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 04:39 AM

As dbhost touches on above, these days a drill press can be found pretty cheaply.

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:41 AM

That would be my question also. Have you tried changing the belt configuration first.

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 02:19 PM

I’d question the logic of putting that much into an inferior drill press. Power is only one measure of quality. Cheap one will have less accuracy and tend to “wander” more that their better kin.

If it was me, I’d sell the cheap model and take that money, put it with what the motor would cost, and invest in a gently used better one. With any luck it will be just as cheap and give you better service.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 03:12 PM

I agree with Big Tiny, if you put a bigger motor on a cheap drill you will be stressing the bearings and shaft
more than it was probably designed for and could end up with a disaster.

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 03:16 PM

I’m also curious as to why you need more power. Ususally a drill press doesn’t require too much power. It is more important that it drills straight and true.

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 01:19 AM

As others have pointed out I don’t believe you have anything to gain by replacing the Motor on a Drill Press unless it’s a Very Large Press that cost Big Bucks in the first place. Only then if the exisiting Motor burned out or something like that.

I’ll assume, from your Previous Posts that you do NOT yet own a Drill Press is that Correct?

Therfore your assuming that because it is an “Inexpensive Drill Press” a new motor will make it better. Not so! As also pointed out above , other factors are more important when purchasing a Drill Press.

You can see what My Bench Top DP looks like in my Previous “Project” on My Self Designed Drill Press Table.
Project is here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29446

That DP is a “King Canada” DP that appears identical to the Delta. It is a 10” Model, 5 Speed, 570 RPM’s to 3050 RPM’s, 1/2” Chuck.The Motor MIGHT be considered small at 3.2 Amps. I have yet to come across an Application that it won’t handle with ease. It runs Straight & True, Very well finished, easy to assemble and operate and it was that way right out of the box. I’ve owned it for about a Year now and couldn’t be happier with it’s performance!

I almost walked away from buying this DP because it was (Full Retail) at Lowes $148.00 I was looking at Comparables in the $185 to $200+ Range. I’m Very Glad I didn’t walk away.

I just checked my “Parts Manual” and to replace that Motor would cost $102.35 plus Shipping. NOT even worth considering! If it does go I’ll find a Reconditioned Motor somewhere or a comparable new at much less expense.

So! Bite the Bullett and buy your DP. Perhaps you know someone who is familiar with Power Tools and you could take him along with you.

Hope this is of some help.

Rick

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