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#1 posted 02-11-2013 07:27 PM

I would but:
A – my lathe has a short quill travel. I’d have to re-position the tailstock. Probably not a huge deal, but my DP can clear any pen blank I need to drill
B – No chucks :( If I were to drill on the lathe, I would get the PSI chuck and a standard jacobs for the tailstock.
C – I convinced my wife I needed this big bad drill press
D – I have a really nice drill press set up for drilling blanks and can batch them out quickly. No tooling changes required on the lathe either.
E – Belt change lathe speeds. It’s annoying. I prefer to turn pen blanks fast (usually 2200rpm), so I would need to change that as well. The whitside bits all run between 1000 and 1250 RPM. I set my DP on 950 and I am good to go.


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