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Solid drill press

Solid drill press

03-08-2015 05:26 AM by TheFridge | 8 comments »

Ive been using it regularly for a couple weeks now. Mainly with a 5” cross slide vise to mill and drill wood and metal. Pros – being able to put the handles on either side of the press – runs smooth with little runout – the laser setup is actually nice for drilling consecutive holes. I haven’t found it to be off when adjusting table height – I didn’t have to pay more for an under powered jet benchtop. Cons- the base is a ...

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Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

Carba-Tec Radial Arm Drill review

03-03-2015 10:30 AM by robscastle | 11 comments »

My Radial Arm Drill review RDP-116 TypeCarba-Tec branded 5 Speed Radial Arm Drill Press. Motor is ½ hp5 speed pulley system 500 to 2450 RPMKeyed Chuck capacity 1 to 13mmTaper MT2Chuck travel 80mmChuck to base 1225mmCast iron table round 300mm diameterTilting head 45 deg L 90 deg RTabkle tilt 360 degDrill to column cetner 130 to 420mm Chuck to table Max 700mmNo lightBase footprint 240×410mmDrilling capacity ½ “ or 12.75 mm steelWeight 60 kg Overall appearanceThe Radial Arm Drill (RAD...

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Good Drill Press for $70

Good Drill Press for $70

01-22-2015 12:03 AM by edwood1975 | 5 comments »

If your on a budget then this is the press for you here are some pros and cons… Pros:1. Light is a great feature especially when trying to position a brad point on your workpiece2 Small enough to fit under a bench at 23” high3 Cast iron base and shelf makes it extremely sturdy but a con appears when trying to move and position the 6×6” shelf it’s very heavy4. Overall I like it Cons:1. Hard to position wood on shelf as its too small( that’s why I buil...

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Great Drill Press at a Great Price

Great Drill Press at a Great Price

12-12-2014 12:33 PM by NickyP | 6 comments »

I saved my pennies waiting for the annual 15% off Black Friday sale and bought this JET drill press from CPO Outlets through Amazon for $518.49. It was delivered to my house 10 days later: After opening the box I quickly discovered there were not allot of parts that needed to be assembled: I bought a mobile base about 2 months ago from Rockler on sale for $34.99 free shipping: As I went through the assembly process I would degrease and wax were needed: ...

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First impressions

First impressions

07-05-2014 04:55 AM by Nate L. | 12 comments »

I just picked the drill press up from Lowes today. They honored a 25% Harbor Freight coupon which brought the price down to about $260 out the door. My daughter and I got it set up in about 30 minutes and so far am very impressed. I haven’t measured the runout yet. I do wish that they would make it easier to tilt the table. This is not an issue with this drill press specifically, it was the same on the bench top Ryobi that I just sold. I will update this review as I get more time ...

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for $32, can not go wrong

for $32, can not go wrong

03-16-2014 02:34 PM by Holbs | 8 comments »

I was in need to make 6” and 6 1/4” circles for my dust collection HVAC blast gates and support holders. My Microfence circular router jig CAN go as low as 6”, but I had to install a Bosch router adapter which changes the minimum diameter to 7”. I’ve reviewed other circle cutters and decided on the Grizzly because it looks more “stout” and there are zero reviews I could find so … a crap shoot :) I could of went with a hole saw but that is a f...

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an oldie but goodie, for LIGHT use.

an oldie but goodie, for LIGHT use.

03-16-2014 01:59 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

I picked this up at a local auction for $5, put it all together and was afraid to power on the drill for this contraption looks somewhat deadly. It came with a belt guard that I did not install (I will, though) so I can see just how this modern machinery marvel operates as the yellowish rubber band belt looks like it’s about to fling off the 2” silver circle pulley. I changed to the fastest RPM (3200) the little 10” drill press could go. This little device (who engineers...

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Who Knew.... it was there all along.

Who Knew.... it was there all along.

02-01-2014 02:20 AM by NaptownWood | 17 comments »

Little to no runout in a compact heavy duty vintage package. It buffs good at high speed. It also has been my primary wood drill press for about a year now. :-D

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Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

Does what it's supposed to do at a good cost

01-21-2014 04:49 PM by JSB | 9 comments »

Pros-strongest drill press I’ve ever had. Strong enough for what I do-lots of speed settings-plenty of chuck travel-haven’t measured run-out but I couldn’t noticeably see any with the largest forstner bit I have. Cons-not sure if it’s considered a con but it’s super tall for a benchtop model. -overly soaked in shipping grease but mineral spirits will take care of that-circle table. Why do all drill presses come with a circle table??!! Not a huge deal as I made...

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Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

Great Drill Press for the Hobbiest

08-01-2013 05:56 PM by lab7654 | 9 comments »

After doing plenty of research, as usual, I decided that the Masterforce drill press sold by Menard’s would be the best for me. They went for $200 when I pulled the trigger just over a year ago, but the price has gone up to $230 in most stores. I got an 11% rebate on mine, and shortly after they went on sale for $180 (my luck). If you’re ready to buy a mid-sized drill press, don’t let the store-brand scare you away—Masterforce is on par with Home Depot’s Ridgid b...

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