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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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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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Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

12-20-2011 04:34 AM by rweitz | 6 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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MasterForce 12" Drill Press

MasterForce 12" Drill Press

12-09-2011 07:16 PM 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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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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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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Great Drill Press, meh Milling Machine

Great Drill Press, meh Milling Machine

07-06-2011 08:33 PM by RoundestRock | 10 comments »

NOTE: The G1006 mill and the G1007 mill are EXACTLY THE SAME MILL. The G1007 has the addition of an X axis power feed. So this review applies for both. First off I generally like this machine. The few problems I’ve found can be worked around or are just fit/finish pet peeves. Yes it’s intended as a mettle working machine. But I bought it specifically for precision cutting wooden mechanical parts. So mine is a woodworking machine ;). If you’re upgrading from a drill pre...

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