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Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

2372 days ago by shaun | 11 comments »

I went to the March Madness sale at Woodcraft today and came home with a new benchtop drill press and I grabbed up an Orion mortising attachment while I was there. I caught the eary bird part of the sale so I got an additional 5% off. The drill press retails at Woodcraft for $249.99. For the eary bird deal they take the additional 5% off after they apply the 10% discount so it ended up costing me about $214 before sales tax. It’s a 13” drill press with a 1/2 hp motor. Prett...

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Now HERE'S a drill press for woodworking

Now HERE'S a drill press for woodworking

2305 days ago by bkhop | 26 comments »

Here’s my review of the Shopsmith Mark V in drill press “mode”. I am convinced it is one of the only truly designed-for-woodworking drill presses on the market. Go take a look at drill presses on the market today… they’re all equipped with a beautiful dinner plate sized table. -Which isn’t worth beans for woodworking… want proof? How many guys have built their own “aftermarket” table to fix the problem? How many places offer pre-built drill press tabl...

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A funny thing happened at Home Depot: A young man buys a drill press.

A funny thing happened at Home Depot: A young man buys a drill press.

2411 days ago by gizmodyne | 43 comments »

Why this press1. Decent reviews.2. Decent price3. COUPON! The day I bought it 11:30 a.m. In the tool section. “Joe”: Can I help you? Me: I am going to buy this drill press. Can you get it down? “Joe: No problem. It will be waiting in aisle 6. Me (impressed): Thanks 12:15 p.m. After shopping. Me: Hi, where’s the drill press? “Joe” : uh, I’m waiting for the lift other worker: Let’s just use the stairs and carry it down. “Joe” ...

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Harbor Freight 13" DP (Model 38142)

Harbor Freight 13" DP (Model 38142)

1995 days ago by knotscott | 8 comments »

This 13” DP is a far cry from my most prestigious tool, and Harbor Freight’s “Central Machinery” brand doesn’t typically conjure up tons of confidence and the obligatory “Tim the tool man Taylor” grunts that the big names will, but this particular purchase has been too good to not give the credit that’s due. The 38142 is a 13”, 16 speed, 3/4 hp benchtop drill press. It weighs in at a respectable 125#, and stands over 40” tall. It ...

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MasterForce 12" Drill Press

MasterForce 12" Drill Press

994 days ago by TheDane | 18 comments »

Full disclosure first: I have always been a little leery of private label brands (like the ‘MasterForce’ label at Menards). I know these are Asian knock-offs, and the quality may not measure up to the major tool brands. That being said, the need for a drill press with a longer quill travel and the sale price at Menards ($179.00) combined to tip the scale and I made the purchase last week. I had a bunch of pen blanks to drill for a Freedom Pens project, and doing them with my...

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new General drill press

new General drill press

1976 days ago by bern92 | 11 comments »

this was my christmas gift(from me to me). I was looking to buy a drill press for a long time. It’s a nice tool, cast iron head and base and it’s heavy so it’s stable. The motor is 3/4HP and has enough power for me. It is made by General so like all the tools they do it is perfect…..

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Jet 17" Floor Standing Drill Press

Jet 17" Floor Standing Drill Press

1636 days ago by Jarrhead | 7 comments »

When I started wood working, a drill press was one of my first tool acquisitions. I bought a Delta 12 inch benchtop model, that has served me well, and continues to do so. Last year when I embarked on the “21st Century Workbench” project (see my project posts), I knew that the little Delta wasn’t going to be up to the task. It doesn’t have the necessary spindle travel to get through 3 inches of lumber, which was required for drilling the dog holes. There had been a...

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Review of my Porter Cable 15" Drill Press

Review of my Porter Cable 15" Drill Press

657 days ago by thewoodworker01 | 14 comments »

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&#...

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Great value for the money

Great value for the money

1374 days ago by Elizabeth | 14 comments »

This drill press costs $299 at Lowes and that seems to be a stable price, as I got it this summer but it’s still listed at that price. However, Lowe’s recognizes the 20% off Harbor Freight coupon so I paid less than that. This drill press has served me very well so far. You’ll need two people to lift the very heavy headstock into place. I haven’t had any vibration issues. The table adjustments are easy though it does tend to slip a bit when you tighten down the ...

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Ridgid dp1550

Ridgid dp1550

1715 days ago by njcraftsman | 18 comments »

Okay, I must admit that I’m becoming a Ridgid Fan. I used to think of them as just home depots in house brand. But Then I found out that they are made by emerson electric, the same company that made my, old Craftsman stuff that lasted forever. Any way I have been upgrading my shop, and I needed to replace myolder Luddel Benchtop drill press. So naturally, I went shopping. After reading many reviews of this one, I took the plunge. I’m not sorry I did, this is a good solid drill pre...

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