|Review by ic3ss||posted 12-07-2010 01:52 AM||10054 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
Hi all, I just got back from Home Depot a few hours ago with my new drill press. Woo-Hoo!
I chose this drill press based on the weight of the reviews that I’ve read on this website and elsewhere. I just brought it home a few hours ago and just completed setting it up and testing it.
Out of the box, the reviews hold true about the accuracy of the parts fitting together, fit and finish, ease of assembly, and usability. After seating the chuck, I found the runout is about .003”, backing up what I read on another review. The table was a dead-level 90° to a long spade bit that I put in the chuck without making any adjustments. The instructions were easy to follow, and the whole thing took about two hours to put together. I took the time to de-grease all exposed machined surfaces with brake cleaner, and then I applied paste wax to the table top, and the column to keep the rust under control.
The only real snag in setting this up was putting on the table crank handle (pic 3 above). The shaft was too tight, so I sanded down the cast aluminum of the hole and then I was able to tap it in with a deadblow mallet. There’s an adjustment in the instructions to take the slop out of the crank handle.
After cleaning the top with brake cleaner, the swivel shaft was wrapped in paper to keep the grease on, I just peeled it off.
The head was pretty heavy, but not so much that I couldn’t manage it myself.
Checking the table is perpendicular to the drill bit. This bit was checked to verify that it was straight.
It fits right in there, looks good too.
I’ve got a plan for a woodworking table that will clamp to the iron table and will bee easy to install/remove, with a fence, I just need to build it now. The drill runs very quiet and has no rattles. I ran that 1” spade bit through a 2×4 and the motor had no complaints. I’ll try some larger forstner bits later. Being brand new, this drill press is a great buy right out of the box, quality seems to be about as good as you could expect for this price range. I’ll use this press for a while and then write another review, and we’ll see how it does over time.
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