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Masterforce 12" Drill Press Review

Masterforce 12" Drill Press Review

06-12-2013 07:48 AM by 03roadking | 22 comments »

I had bought some windows through menards while they were having an 11% rebate promo going on. When the rebate arrived I decided I was going to buy a drill press with it. Out of all the drill presses that Menards carries this one seemed like the best one to me. The only other options were Performax and Tool Shop. So far it has done everything I need it to do. I especially like how you do not have to change belts to change the speed. The light is a nice feature and the laser helps get ...

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Delta did it right for this drill press

Delta did it right for this drill press

01-23-2008 06:15 AM by GaryK | 6 comments »

This heavy-duty 16-1/2-inch drill press from Delta will do the job. The 3/4-horsepower motor that can be wired for either 115 or 230 volts. It gives you an deep plunge length of 4-7/8 inches. Chuck holds up to a 5/8-inch-diameter bit. Solid cast-iron construction and a 3-1/8-inch column The table rotates, 45 degrees each way for drilling angles.On of my favorite features is the depth stop. Instead of screwing it up and down the shaft it hasa quick release button to dis-engage ...

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It does what it is supposed to

It does what it is supposed to

08-17-2012 02:09 AM by 47phord | 20 comments »

I was in need of a drill press but I was short on funds, and after searching around here and other places I decided to go with this unit. Having been burned a couple times before with smaller power tools, I was a bit leery about buying anything big from Harbor Freight, but most of the reviews I saw were more or less favorable so I went for it. When I went to the store to buy it, it was on sale for $239 (reg price of $299) and the cashier let me use my 20% off coupon (which I am pretty sure ...

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DIY Mortise machine

DIY Mortise machine

05-21-2011 06:16 PM by Andy's Woodwork and carpentry | 7 comments »

DIY mortise machine using drill press and a couple of blocks of wood use Ctrl + to zoom in on page and Ctrl – to zoom back out the pics and explanitory writing show how a good quality wolf drill press can be used as a mortise machine for cutting clean accurate mortices

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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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Great drill press if you get it on sale.

Great drill press if you get it on sale.

02-29-2008 10:43 PM by kshipp | 1 comment »

I got this drill press in December and I have been really happy with it. Here are some basic stats on it: HP: 3/4 Continuous, 1 1/2 Maximum Volts: 120/240 (Ships wired for 120) Amps: 10/5 RPM: 1725 (No Load) Number of speeds: 16 (215 – 2720) Quill Travel: 4 7/8” Spindle Taper: #2 Morse Taper Chuck Type: Jacobs 5/8” Keyless Height: 68 1/2” Depth: 28 1/2” Weight: 206 lbs The work surface easily adjusts in 4 axes. (Up and down, s...

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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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Fine press for careful work

Fine press for careful work

11-28-2008 09:58 PM by ferstler | 8 comments »

I paid three hundred bucks for this 15-inch device a couple of years back. I had initially picked out a Delta 16.5 incher, but when it came time to make the purchase Lowe’s had sold out of the Delta and doing a special order jacked the price up too much. The Ridgid is a fine tool, although it is still basically a standard-quality item in this class. It has 12 speeds, running from 300 on up to 3100 rpm, although to make speed changes you have to open the top, release the tension with a leve...

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The Beast!

The Beast!

05-11-2010 05:35 AM by CryptKeeper | 4 comments »

I purchased the PM 2800 two weeks ago and this thing is a BEAST. I originally intended on purchasing the Delta 20-950 but Delta has completely discontinued the line with no intentions of reviving it – I contacted Delta directly before I pulled the trigger on the Powermatic. I would have like the extra 2 inches the Delta offered and the extra 1-5/8” on quill travel but I think I’m going to be extremely happy with the PM. Pros:1 hp motor – perfect size for my shop True variable ...

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Lasers aren't as good as Austin Powers thought.

Lasers aren't as good as Austin Powers thought.

02-29-2008 10:58 PM by kshipp | 10 comments »

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 adju...

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