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$150 drill press?

by docspencer
posted 12-02-2016 11:05 PM

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#1 posted 12-02-2016 11:56 PM

A DP is almost useless for a Mortiser attachment, not enough leverage. I would watch CL for a better used one.

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 12:08 AM

A DP is almost useless for a Mortiser attachment, not enough leverage. I would watch CL for a better used one.

- mrbob

I believe the OP said that he’d be using forstner bits in this press to start the mortises. If true then he should be ok. But if the intent is to use a mortise attachment then I suppose Bob is right with presses of the sort described.

I have two presses -a small benchtop model and big floor model- and each have their role. If I were forced to choose I’d take the floor model. Easy for me to say because this was gifted to me when a buddy upgraded to near-commercial equipment. Doc, can you postpone until a bigger option comes along on Craigslist or at an estate sale? Everything, including your forstner-cut mortise holes will be easier and the results bettter.

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 12:51 AM

I’ve used a 3” Forstner bit into birch branch chunks. I clamp the piece to the table and get the job done. I’ve got a Porter cable 660 floor model, $320. I have to be prudent when doing so, you can’t horse full force. I doubt you could with any other drill press. I’ve got plans to get a 4” Forstner for the same purpose. I’m certain my Drill press will do it, just have to be reasonable with how I push the bit into the material.

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 01:11 AM

I just bought a floor model drill press (Porter Cable from Lowes for $299) so I could take my buddy’s benchtop back to him. There is no comparison. As others have said above, you will probably be happier finding a good used floor model on Craigs List or local auction/sale. Otherwise, save a little longer and buy a new one. Also, you may find a good deal on a mortiser on CL as well.

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#5 posted 12-03-2016 01:23 AM

I had a little 8” bench model that was useless for large Forstner bits. You will need something like a 14” drill press whether it’s a bench top or floor. The thing is, the only difference between the floor and bench model is the length of the post, so there’s not much difference in price. I would do like others have said and look for a used floor model.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 12-03-2016 01:24 AM

I’ve already got my flame retardant suit on, so I’ll just say it: you can get a lot of drill press for your money at harbor freight. Maybe even a floor standing if you grab a coupon and catch a sale.

All the presses in that price range are at risk of having some runout…so it’s worth at least checking your options.

My current Craftsman floor standing came out of the same factory as an HF…it works just fine.


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#7 posted 12-03-2016 02:13 AM

Just like everything else it would behoove you to be patient and keep your eyes open for a used bargain.

I picked up a like new Shop Fox bench top machine. I absolutely love it and I got it for $150 off CL.

Would a floor model be better? Depends.

I think a better quality bench top machine is better than a cheaper floor model, I always opt for quality when I can which generally means I buy used cause I’m poor, case in point, I was having a hard time saving the $900 for the table saw I wanted, managed to find a beautiful used Jet for $200.

Be patient, something will come along.

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