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Forum topic by AaronK posted 11-02-2009 06:35 PM 2834 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2009 06:35 PM

Hi All,

I’ve come to have urgent need of a drill press. I cant really afford much right now and i’m looking to get the best bang for buck. Basically i’m limited to a small benchtop model. I could get the HF for about $60, but that’s a last resort. I’ve found the following more substantial options on craigslist:

1. craftsman 21912 basically new in box for $90.
2. Delta sm300 (shopmaster) used for $75.

specs are about the same for both. notably the delta appears to be 1/4HP and the craftsman about 2/3hp.

I’m leaning towards the craftsman since it is new, slightly higher powered, and appears more solidly built than the “bottom-of-the-barrel” shopmaster delta. but i’m leary of craftsman.

anyone have any words of wisdom?

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 07:13 PM

Not in the Sacramento area by chance?

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 07:16 PM

unfortunately not – i’m in WV. occasionally those old beasts appear here, but they’re rare and i kind of need it yesterday ;-)

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 07:47 PM

Not to try to change your mind but some of the horse power ratings on tools are “peak” HP and can be misleading.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 07:49 PM

The Harbor Freight $79 drill press only has a 2 inch spindle stroke. That mean you can’t drill anything over 2 inches thick. This may be all you need but if you deside later you want to do pens you will need a longer stroke. I think pen blanks go from 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 depending on what tou are making. The motor size will probably be OK if you are drilling wood or light metal. I bought a $99 pen lathe from Harbor Freight to use untill I decided if I wanted to make pens, I wish now I had put that $99 on a better lathe. I would look for a used drill press if I couldn’t afford a larger one. Just my openion .

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 08:02 PM

yeah, i tried to find the amperage of the delta, but couldnt. i think the craftsman had a 6A draw.

as far as stroke, both are something like 2 3/8. which is slightly better than the HF, but not enough to really count. oh well – should be enough for now since i have no plans for any pens at all!

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