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Vincent Nocito

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 08:47 PM

It depends on what type of work you plan to do with it. If you want to use mortising chisels then a small bench model may be too small. I have the Shop Fox H0626 Oscillating Drill Press. It has a low speed of 250 rpm and a 13.25” swing. It also comes with sanding drums and will oscillate and has a dust collection port. The low speed comes in handy when boring large diameter holds like for clock inserts or when using a circle cutter. Many of the small bench top models are only 5 speed with the low end at 500+ rpm. When boring wood, I usually only use the low speeds to avoid burning. A work light is a nice feature. As Stefang said easy speed change is nice (3 pulley versus 2 pulley). Variable speed (like the Deltas) seem like a gimmick. So is laser.

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