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The last drill press I plan on owning

The last drill press I plan on owning

01-15-2012 11:27 PM by Hoakie | 20 comments »

This is the second drill press I’ve owned, but the first serious one. As you can see in one of the pictures, I had the 10” Craftsman drill press. It had a 2 1/8” quill travel and a 2/3 hp motor. Although it got small jobs done, it was never fun to use and I cursed it out every time I needed to. Obviously the Delta 18-900L is in a whole different class so any real comparison is moot. However, I can say that I don’t seem myself ever cursing this bad boy out. I pur...

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Ridgid DP1550 Drill Press

Ridgid DP1550 Drill Press

12-07-2010 01:52 AM by ic3ss | 21 comments »

Hi all, I just got back from Home Depot a few hours ago with my new drill press. Woo-Hoo! I chose this drill press based on the weight of the reviews that I’ve read on this website and elsewhere. I just brought it home a few hours ago and just completed setting it up and testing it. Out of the box, the reviews hold true about the accuracy of the parts fitting together, fit and finish, ease of assembly, and usability. After seating the chuck, I found the runout is about .003&#...

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Powermatics PM 2800 the ultimate Drill Press for the modern WoodWork Shop.

Powermatics PM 2800 the ultimate Drill Press for the modern WoodWork Shop.

04-28-2012 08:19 PM by thedude50 | 28 comments »

The beautiful, big black Powermatic 2800 Onyx variable speed 18” Drill press arrived well crated with sturdy wooden skids, a wood frame and heavy corrugated cardboard protecting all sides The crate was quite heavy, about 302 Lbs. so I recruited a helper to assist with the unpacking and assembly. We carefully unpackaged and inventoried all the component parts and hardware before proceeding with the assembly. The entire process took about 45 minutes including taking photographs while following ...

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Glad I picked this Drill Press

Glad I picked this Drill Press

12-10-2010 03:23 AM by tjackele | 14 comments »

Anyone thinking of buying this drill press, should really do it if you have the cash. I have already benefited from the 6” quill while making my workbench. The angles are good, although I have only needed side to side angles, compound has not come up for me. While it really should come with a fence, I had a router fence that I used and Rockler hold downs that fit perfectly in the slots provided in the table, same slots work great for the fence. When I need to take off the hold-dow...

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New use for an old tool

New use for an old tool

06-29-2009 05:50 PM by Sam Butler | 12 comments »

I purchased an Shopsmith (SS) 25 years ago when I first started woodworking. It was a good start but I quickly realized that I needed stand alone tools. The table saw aspects of the Shopsmith was the most inadequate. After selling the SS I missed the drill press, horizontal boring, lathe and disc sander. So a few years ago I purchased a Mark V for a few hundred dollars. It did not have the upgrade to the 510 which is why I was able to buy it for a low price. It was great to have the old frien...

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Ryobi 12 in. Drill Press

Ryobi 12 in. Drill Press

09-22-2011 03:15 AM by NewEnglandsWoodWorks | 6 comments »

Last year I a ryobi 12 in. drill press for $120 dollars. I have to say I am very happy with it and it has not let me down yet. I do recommend buying this 12 in model with changing the speed by hand and not the model with lever controlled speed for 60 dollars. It doesn’t take much work to open the cover and change the pulleys. specifications: laser Variable Speed by changing belts 1/4 hp motor Tilting table light Assembly for the drill press was very simple and I...

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18 inch monster.

18 inch monster.

01-30-2012 01:24 AM by Ken90712 | 35 comments »

Well Dec was a good month; Blondie gave the approval for me to buy more machines… LOL… I picked up the Delta 18/36 Drum Sander & now this Delta 18 drill press. The box was in great condition, and they brought it into the garage for me. . I also ordered the Biesemeyer fence for her as well. Blondie and I had it together in less than an hour. The only hard part was lifting the head on to the shaft. Once she told me to quit being a whip and lift it, we got it on th...

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My Skil 3320 Drill Press

My Skil 3320 Drill Press

09-22-2012 11:11 AM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

My drill press is the third bench top tool I bought for my shop. For the price range I think it was a great buy. Out of the box it assembled easily and has served me well. The cross hair laser is helpful for hitting the mark and the on/off switch is right in the front for immediate access. Speed changes are made by moving the drive belt up or down a pair of stepped pulleys. The square table has slots to allow attachment of hold downs or a table. If I had any complaint, it’s that the...

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A fine little press for hobby-scale work

A fine little press for hobby-scale work

11-24-2008 11:22 PM by ferstler | 7 comments »

I own a Ridgid 15-inch drill press that is terrific for larger-scale projects. (I’d write a review here, but somebody else has already done that with decent skill, although I did post some comments on that review entry.) However, the Ridgid is overkill for some smaller operations, and so I also have the illustrated 10-inch Ryobi mounted on a bench for lightweight stuff. When I purchased it several years back it cost $99 bucks, which is a credit to Chinese production economies. Unfortuna...

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A Solid Performer

A Solid Performer

01-10-2013 12:45 AM by Tedstor | 4 comments »

‘I should preface this review by disclaiming that I purchased this machine used. The previous owner purchased it from Grizzly 4-5 years ago and claimed to have used it seldomly. However, the 7944 currently listed on Grizzly’s website appears to be identical, with the same specifications. Just sayin ‘ So I’ve had this machine for several weeks now, and have used it with hole saws, forsteners, and HSS metal bits. Here are my thoughts:This drill press is pretty generic...

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