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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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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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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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Ridgid DP1550 newbies point of view.

Ridgid DP1550 newbies point of view.

03-08-2011 06:15 AM by gillyd | 23 comments »

First off, I’d like to say a few things to give you a bit of context around my review. This is the first drill press I have ever owned. I have used some before in the past, being from a farm my dad always had all kinds of tools in the shop, and a Drill Press was definitely one of those tools. As a child all the tools intimidated me, seeing all of the belts hanging on the walls, the torch scraps on the floor, etc. Now that I am all grown up and have kids of my own, its very interes...

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Another Ridgid DP1550 Review

Another Ridgid DP1550 Review

02-19-2011 06:59 AM by RandyMorter | 23 comments »

I ordered a Ridgid DB1550 Drill press from Amazon on 2/10/2011 and received it today, 2/18/2011. I paid the $332.22 amount which includes shipping. It was shipped by ABF freight. Home Depot had them on back order. They charge less but I would have had to pay $324 when taxes were added in at HD so it was only $8 more from Amazon. I got this DP because of 1) all of the good reviews it gets; 2) good luck with other Ridgid gear (especially my jointer and planer); 3) I’d seen them befo...

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Harbor freight bench top drill press

Harbor freight bench top drill press

02-09-2011 09:33 AM by adaughhetee | 9 comments »

For a cheap way to drill straight holes you can’t beat it. More for the hobby woodworker though. Unlike everything else I have bought from Harbor Freight assembly was very simple. My only complaint is the power. On the lowest speed(620rpm) I can stop the chuck in my hand. Although with a 1” forstner bit it will go right through oak/ walnut without any trouble. Anything bigger and you might as well give it up. But, for 69.99 then a 20% coupon I can’t complain. Just don&...

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