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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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Great upgrade from my old DP

Great upgrade from my old DP

01-02-2012 08:00 PM by Chris | 3 comments »

I have owned this drill press for about a year and everything was spot on right out of the box. The laser was perfectly aligned and I love the work light. The over sized table is great for woodworking especially as compared to the normal DP’s intended for metal working. It also appears to have plenty of power for my needs. All was going well until 2 days before this past Christmas when the motor would not start nor the work light or laser turn on. I was leaving town for a few days a...

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A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

A nice, solid, big woodworking press with a LONG stroke.

06-22-2010 06:40 AM by VanLewis | 5 comments »

I just moved my shop and got some more floor space, so I went shopping for a bigger drill press. I had basically two criteria: it had to be strong enough to handle timbers, and it had to have a long enough quill-stroke to get to the middle of those timbers. I do some timber framing and some very heavy furniture work, so the usual 14” press wouldn’t really work for me. I discovered that most presses, even 17” presses, have very short stroke, usually 3-4”. This means...

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Model ending in 01 has factory problems

Model ending in 01 has factory problems

04-07-2011 10:40 PM by woodklutz | 3 comments »

Unfortunately this very nice bench top drill press with twin laser guides has a few glitches.The table platform will not tighten no matter how tight you turn the crank. number two the belt adjustment does not move. So what looked promising and great value for a wood shop was returned to factory for replacement for the upgraded 02 model. I must say that Bosch who owns Skill acknowledged the problem and are sending me the return stiicker, no hassle. Getting back to the press, for normal DIY woo...

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Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

Peachtree Drill Press Dust Collector

11-21-2010 01:50 AM by TheDane | 7 comments »

Does what it is supposed to do …you can adjust the hose to any position you like and it stays right where you put it. The box includes everything you need to install on a standard drill press … unless you have an 8”, 10”, and some models of 12” benchtop drill presses. I assume this attachment is intended for use on floor models, but you can using it on benchtop models is a buit of a challenge. I considered returning it, but this was a deeply discounted deal...

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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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A Great Product

A Great Product

10-23-2011 07:36 PM by jim C | 14 comments »

I acquired a good old (early 70’s) 14” cast iron (read “heavy”) drill press this spring. It was hardly used, but required elbow grease from a long period in a basement. I haven’t used it much as I don’t like working with wood on a cast iron table.Yesterday I went to Woodcraft and picked the the Pinnacle auxiliary drill press table for $99.00.The key to giving it 5 stars is the care you need to take when installing it so you can reap the benefits of their...

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Initial impression is that this Drill Press Table is okay

Initial impression is that this Drill Press Table is okay

10-04-2011 03:53 AM by RandyMorter | 4 comments »

I added this Grizzly H7827 Drill Press Table to my Ridgid DP1550 drill press. I’ve read other reviews that it’s not the best drill press out ther but since I couldn’t figure out what I wanted in a table I decided to spend the $45 or so to try this one and use it for a while to figure out what I want in a drill press table. Plus, the hardware that comes with this table would have cost a bit if I’d bought it separately. I figured if nothing else I’d at least have s...

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Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

12-20-2011 04:34 AM by rweitz | 5 comments »

The drill bits you see are 2” Porter Cable, and a 1 7/8” Colt Maxi Cut. I used the Porter cable last year and it worked OK, but the Colt was amazing. This might be an over the top review, but if you want to buy a great Forstner bit they can’t be beat. Cuts like butter through even some tough old oak branches with knots and all. The Porter cable did the job but took at least 10 times longer for the same result.

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First impressions

First impressions

07-05-2014 04:55 AM by Nate L. | 10 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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