Review of my Porter Cable 15" Drill Press

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Review by thewoodworker01 posted 658 days ago 9906 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last year I bough the Porter Cable Drill Press at Lowe’s. I searched around for other drill presses but this one surpassed them all. For the price you can’t beat it!!! A couple features that I really like about this drill press is the 1 HP motor, 12 different speeds ranging from 300 to 3100, floor type, a full 4 inches of spindle travel, and made out of metal. Most other drill presses are made out of cheap plastic, but this one has a metal pulley cover! Unpacking this beast wasn’t hard, but I highly recommend you need two people to lift up the head of the drill press on the column. Instructions were clear. This drill press has a lot of milling grease on it. Probably to keep the metal from rusting. The box had soaked up some of the grease, but that was ok. I still have to adjust my lasers so they align properly, but I don’t use them that often. Mainly because I just drop the chuck and the drill bit down to the wood and line it up from there. This drill press is very well made. I am very pleased, I would definatly buy another in a heartbeat, but I highly doubt I will ever need to do that. This makes a great first drill press. This is my first drill press and probably my last!! I wish I could rate this drill press a 6 out of 5 stars!!!!

I have a video of this drill press on Youtube

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#1 posted 658 days ago

Awesome review. I’ve been in the market for a stand up drill press because I find the benchtop model I have lacks power and is usually under a bench not hookup and it doesn’t get used when it should because of it. Maybe have to throw that one on the christmas list this year. thanks for the review!

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#2 posted 658 days ago

You did good, that’s a great press and probably the best value on a floor press at the moment.

However, I don’t think it’s 1HP at 8 amps; more like 1/2 HP. Is there a rating on the motor itself?

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#3 posted 658 days ago

Nice review. I’m glad you like it-I’m picking mine up at Lowe’s tomarrow!

-- Harry, Indiana

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#4 posted 658 days ago

I have one also that I generally like (the vertical table movement isn’t quite as smooth as I’d like). Upgrading the table made a huge difference in the usability of the machine.

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#5 posted 657 days ago

I’ve had my PC drill press for a couple of years now. I replaced the geared chuck with a Grizzly keyless chuck. Saves a lot of hassle, looking for the chuck, etc. I think you can actually get a keyless tighter than a geared one. But I have a lot of runout. I realize some of this may be due to the chuck, but I suspect the drill press is also at fault.

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#6 posted 657 days ago

i also bought one a couple of years ago… it is a workhorse and I’ve never had a problem with it.

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#7 posted 657 days ago

I have had mine for a few months and love it! I havent found anything it cant handle. I can use a 1in forstner in hard wood and you would think i was using an 1/8 in bit. I couldnt beleive how much easier it was after only using hand drills!

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#8 posted 657 days ago

Your video link doesn’t work.

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#9 posted 657 days ago

I have had this drill press for about 6 months…it replaced my vintage bench top model. It has performed nicely to date. I did make a table for it – as the table it comes with is pretty small and geared more for metal work IMO.
I recommend it as well. I’ll try and post the table in projects as the clamping system I ended up using has worked out very well (owners of this unit know that the table has no ‘through’ holes in it).

-- Tim, IL

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#10 posted 655 days ago

I have this press as well – for about 18 mos now and it is rock solid. No run out to speak of, only complaint is the tiny table but a Woodpecker table fixed that up quickly. Good item for a good price – can’t go wrong

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#11 posted 654 days ago

How ironic I recently purchased this same unit online and brought it home on the 12th and am loving this unit already. The only issue I am having is the lid rattles due to possibly being slightly bent or some reason. Possibly adding some silicone or something to the under part of the lid might help with the sheet metal rattle sound.

Has anyone changed the Vbelts over to the more talked about Link belts that are supposedly better?

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#12 posted 622 days ago

Did lowes stop carrying this saw? ive noticed my local no longer has it nor the PC band saw.

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#13 posted 488 days ago

Thanks for the review. Your YouTube video was also very helpful.

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#14 posted 406 days ago

Nice review and very helpful video.
There’s a lot of potential candidate presses to chose from and drill press reviews like this are a great help.

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