|Review by gillyd||posted 03-08-2011 06:15 AM||10376 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
First off, I’d like to say a few things to give you a bit of context around my review.
This is the first drill press I have ever owned. I have used some before in the past, being from a farm my dad always had all kinds of tools in the shop, and a Drill Press was definitely one of those tools. As a child all the tools intimidated me, seeing all of the belts hanging on the walls, the torch scraps on the floor, etc. Now that I am all grown up and have kids of my own, its very interesting to look at these tools and think back to being a child, and what my own kids must be thinking.
Now on to the review.
Price: $299 + Tax
Assembly Time: 3 hours.
- Came on time, driver helped me get the drill to my garage. I had come prepared with a dolly, but he still helped me.
- Driver was very polite, and advised me to take pictures of the product before signing the delivery sheet.
- As you can see from picture #3 there was damage to the box in the corner. Once I saw that corner I started thinking “ah crap” this is going to be bad. I had been excited to get started on my workshop, and getting a decent drill press was something I wanted to do. Now I was looking at possible damage to the drill before I even got it out of the box. Fortunately, there was no damage to the drill, it was mainly the packaging. Fortunately for me, the corner was right where the end post is, so nothing soft and squishy was there to take a beating from the damage.
I did want to note that this has nothing to do with the score, but was part of the event and I thought it was worth noting.
- Well wrapped, all the parts inside were placed very well and nothing was missing.
- Damage everywhere to the box, I didn’t include all the pictures, but the damage to the box was pretty extensive. Had there been little washers, or smaller bolts that weren’t packaged correctly they might have fallen out during shipping. Again, just noting the damage, does not impact the score.
- A boat load of packing grease was used, almost too much in my opinion. In fact it accounted for over half of the assembly time as I had to use mineral spirits on almost all of the parts, and then apply wax. The most annoying part was under the table, they had used some kind of wax paper that must have been soaked in packing grease and placed around it. The problem was that it had hardened to the post under the table so I had to scrape it off, and that took a lot of time.
- Pretty easy for someone who isn’t used to owning heavy cast iron tools. I had it in my mind that this was going to be hard to do, but once I opened the box and looked at it, I barely even needed the manual. I think a total of 16 pieces.
- I actually enjoyed using the mineral spirits and applying the Johnson’s wax. The smell of the materials brought me back to my childhood again, as I remember my dad using and reminding me to use all kinds of greases, he couldn’t remind me enough that it was important to take care of your tools. I think he owned stock in WD40, with as much as he used to use. Funny enough as I was applying the wax, my daughter opened up the garage door and said “whats that smell”. I had to smile.
- Everything fit really good, and no missing parts. I didn’t have to force any bolts, or hammer any edges off.
- The motor in the back was tilted, I didn’t notice it before, but as I was looking at the machine once fully assembled it looked bad. So I had to loosen the bolts in the back and level it.
- The table wasn’t square out of the box, looked to be off by 1/32, so I adjusted it. I really didn’t expect it to be perfect out of the box.
Fit and Finish/Thoughts
- Runs nice and quiet, actually really surprised me. I figured for $299 dollars + tax, it would run loud and growl at me.
- Heavy, heavy, really feels like I got a solid piece of equipment.
- Table seems adequate until I can get my own built around it.
- I like the speed choices, and the belt adjustment is very easy.
- Did not like the chuck installation. Not having much experience with drill presses leads me to wonder whether or not all drill presses are this difficult. Its not the actual physical act of installing it, its the wondering afterward if you did it right. I expected to hear a click, or a snap to let me know it was in the right spot.
- The depth of the drill setting. Kinda cheap if you ask me. I looked at a few drill presses before I bought this one, one being a GI-200 and another being the Delta 959. Those I liked, but they were much more expensive. They had an excellent mechanism for setting how deep you wanted the bit to go, etc. It will work, but not as nice as the other machines I mentioned.
- Little more top-heavy than I’d like it to be, will have to keep an eye on this.
4 Stars. It didn’t blow me away, but I have to keep reminding myself that it was $299 dollars. I think for that price its tough to beat. I think I’ll get a better feel for it as I use it more. I would recommend to anyone to add your own fence and table to it, as the one that it comes with is pretty small. Also, I might even consider anchoring it to the floor or building a wide base for it, feels kinda top heavy for me. I was glad I got a floor standing model vs. a bench top. I’ll update this review as I get more time to use it.