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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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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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Porter-Cable PCB660DP 15"Floor Drill Press with Laser Guide and Light

Porter-Cable PCB660DP 15"Floor Drill Press with Laser Guide and Light

01-06-2013 07:47 PM by kdc68 | 23 comments »

I have had this drill press for a year now and have no complaints at all. I have drilled through everything from 1/8” steel plate to 3” hardwood, and used drum sander attachments. Putting this together was easy, even by myself. The fit and finish was perfect. The lasers were dead on. There was zero play in the quil from the top of the 4” stroke to the bottom. The depth stop was dead on and easy to set. Changing speeds is easy and diagramed for my needs. My only complaint (...

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Review of my Porter Cable 15" Drill Press

Review of my Porter Cable 15" Drill Press

11-10-2012 07:34 PM by thewoodworker01 | 15 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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Wolfcraft 4525404 Drill Guide Attachment for 1/4-Inch or 3/8-Inch Drills

Wolfcraft 4525404 Drill Guide Attachment for 1/4-Inch or 3/8-Inch Drills

10-12-2012 10:36 AM by RussellAP | 8 comments »

I ordered the Wolfcraft 4525404 Drill Guide Attachment for 1/4-Inch or 3/8-Inch Drills, so I could accurately drill 1” holes in a board for dowels used in bending wood. I needed the press to make the holes straight. The press came partially assembled. Not a problem to complete. Everything seems rugged, not quite as heavy as expected. The test was drilling a one inch hole in a 2 inch thick particle board to a depth of 1.5 inches. When using the press, it locks up. This is ...

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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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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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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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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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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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