Do Grizzly drill presses have a runout problem?

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Forum topic by scott_v posted 10-22-2009 05:20 PM 1192 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2009 05:20 PM

I’m considering purchasing a Grizzly drill press, either 14”, 17”, or 20”. The 14” has won some awards and seems to be very popular, but the table is small and the quill travel is only 3.25”. The 17” and 20” models have progresively larger tables and both have 4.75 quill travel. Grizzly is offering free shipping on the 20” model which puts the out-the-door cost on par with the 17”. This makes the 20” model very attractive.

Overall, Grizzly seems to be the best value performance (Vs Jet, Delta, etc.). BUT, I’m concerned about quality and specifically about runout. Grizzly tech support says their 17” and 20” runout spec is .006”. This seems loose to me, particularly if you are using the DP primarily for metalwork. I’m doing almost exclusively woodwork, and would only do occaisional metal drilling.

I’m new to woodworking and plan to make kitchen cabinets and household furniture. I’d appreciate any comments on the above (recommended DP size, best brand in the Griz/Jet/Delta price range, Grizzly runout Vs their competition) and any other areas that I’ve overlooked.

Many thanks!

Scott Vroom

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 09:22 PM

I’m far from a DP expert and don’t do any metalworking, but I’ve always thought that the mounting of the chuck contributed more to the overall runout than the spindle. It’s hard for me to imaging that amount of runout being an issue.

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