|Review by Dan Pleska||posted 02-29-2008 04:50 PM||9834 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
I was looking for a drill press with a long quill travel and found it in the Steel City 17” drill press. At 6” it has the longest quill travel that I could find in its price range. It was a little more expensive than the comparable models, but I got it at a show and with the $75 dollar rebate at the time it brought it to within dollars of the competition. With all other specifications being similar, the quill travel was what sold me.
It probably isn’t any secret why it looks like the Delta, since the guys that started Steel City used to work for Delta.
I wasn’t looking for a high dollar drill press with loads of features. I don’t change speeds very often, so the manual belt change was acceptable. The tilting table has a positive lock at 45 degrees in both directions, but the table can be rotated to 90 degrees. I used that feature to clamp the bow back for a Windsor chair and make a tenon of the ends with a tenon cutter. The 3/4 hp, 1725 rpm, motor has plenty of power. The 1/2” chuck mounted on a #2 Morse taper is removable and sometimes does double duty on my lathe.
All in all, I’m very satisfied with this drill press and recommend it.
-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com