New Tools Added to the Shop #2: Porter Cable Drill Press

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Blog entry by Steven posted 11-28-2014 09:40 PM 1893 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I stopped at Lowes this morning to buy the Porter Cable 660 DP. $319.99 on the floor, $255.20 plus tax after the Harbor Freight 20% off coupon I printed from an online site. Setup was very straight forward, with one exception. The very last step is installing the arbor and chuck. The arbor installation instruction states to make sure the arbor is engaged and locked. There are no clues provided as to how you ensure the arbor is engaged and locked. Here is what I can tell you. Yes, I can see the upper end of the arbor when I look in the slot in the spindle. Following the installation I installed a 1/2” bit and drilled a couple holes. Every thing seams fine. I have not made any adjustments to the system other than to adjust the belts to about 2600 RPM.

I looked at the new Ridgid L1500 and I looked at the Delta 18-900L. I really did not like the 3” spindle travel distance on the Ridgid and for the additional cost above the Porter Cable I was really struggling with the added benefit of the bigger Delta. I’m guessing the PC 660 DP will do everything I toss at it for several years.

I do need to make a mobile platform for it.

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 08:54 PM

Great piece of equipment, someone I know purchased it just because of the quil travel of 4 inches, he loves it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 02:31 AM

Here is a photo of the drill press on the base. I added casters after the photo. I need to add a small box over the metal base to hold 2” of saw dust to catch the drill bit should it drop through the table accidentally. I don’t want to damage a drill bit with a simple slip of the fingers. A drill press table is also top of the to do list too.


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