|Review by kshipp||posted 02-29-2008 10:58 PM||5625 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
- Craftsman Laser Attachment OR20501 17-Inch Drill Press
- Brand: Craftsman | Category: Drill Presses
I got this laser drill attachment with my drill press that I reviewed here. I’m really happy with the drill press but this laser sight is quite useless.
Contrary to its name, it does not actually drill holes with a laser. Now that would be cool. This mounts on the column of the drill press and projects two laser lines which are supposed to cross at the exact point where the bit will touch the material to be drilled.
It is, in fact, possible to set up the laser to do this. The adjustment is done by loosening a ring on each lens and rotating the beam to intersect the drill. Then you loosen two small hex screws and further adjust the alignment. The trick is holding each of those adjustments steady while you tighten them again. So you do that for each side and the laser can be set up. It took me about 20 minutes to line the lasers up in this way.
It worked good and it was really whiz-bang looking until I moved the table. If you think about a projector the image changes when you move the projector or the wall. In this case we are moving the “wall” when we move the table up or down and it changes where the ‘X’ is.
The laser might be a handy feature if you had to bore many holes with the exact same setup but I still think its easier to just lower the quill and see where it will go.
This is $40 as an add-on accessory at the Sears website.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com