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Posted on Does Anyone Use A Mini-Mill as a Drill Press?

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 07:40 AM

The oil can be handled by using a removable work table for woodworking. Rockler and other sell them for regular drill presses, but it seems easier to build one.

$10k? The Sieg X2 sold by Grizzly, HF, and others is about $600. The kit to mount the stepper motors is about $600 and includes new ball screws. The Steppers and drivers are around $400. Still need a computer and miscellaneous stuff. Not cheap but not $10k.

Most people seem to add a reinforcement to the column, possibly change the gears, and replace the torsion spring with an air spring on the column.

Even without CNC, it would seem to add a lot of accuracy over a drill press for little added money. Technically, the CNC is similar to a router:

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