|Review by AjayO||posted 04-25-2010 08:41 PM||11076 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I wanted to share my initial impression of this new Jet drill press. This is a new 12” portable drill press offering from Jet with digital speed readout (hence DRO: Digital Read Out in the name), variable speed and laser cross hair alignment. I picked it up as a barely used from a local person about 1.5 months ago. I haven’t used it a lot but have been looking for a drill press for quite some time so at least wanted to share some initial impression.
I compared this press to Delta portable drill press, Craftsmen 12” and Ryobi 12” variable speed (I know not in the same league). I will start with finish quality first and then my initial comments on functions and limited use so far.
I found the overall finish quality to be just above with Delta and Craftsman not a lot. Top casting, the table and column are finished well. Chrome finish on the handles is sub-par and could be improved. The housing where lasers reside is too tight making adjustment of laser rather difficult. I did not like the plastic that is used for the top cover and even the plastic is not very robust and I am worried it could fail. This is a failure on Jet’s part to make an otherwise very good and solid drill press look “cheap”. There are some other smaller quality issues that prevent this press from getting 5 stars. Read Amazon review on this with good solutions I intend to implement ( http://www.amazon.com/Jet-JDP-12-12-Inch-Digital-Readout/dp/B001O0D6OW/ref=cm_cr_dp_orig_subj ).
Press has good array of basic features that I was interested in. Variable speed from 500-3000RPM with a lever that is mounted on the side with adequate length to provide good leverage. The digital speed readout (the DRO feature) is more useful to me then the depth indicator in Craftsman. The depth adjustment itself is screw type like on Craftsman and I prefer that over radial ones. Led lighting that is built in between chuck and column is fairly bright, functional and location couldn’t be better. Given these are LEDs, they will last a long time…surely longer then the press! Lasers are bright and can be easily seen with LED light and garage lights turned on. The chuck key is spring loaded, a nice safety feature. I drilled some holes in soft material and a larger 2-1/4 hole with Fostner bit in plywood. No issues with smaller holes, but it did get bogged down with the large Fostner bit. I believe that to be a combination of variable speed (the back pulley is spring loaded so could be slipping) and begin little aggressive. Don’t see an issue with this size press and most of what I will use it for.
These are my initial impressions and will try to follow this blog with more details later. I also intent to make a drill press table soon using some invaluable knowledge/plans shared by Lumberjocks community here.
-- - Ajay