Used Delta 18-900L A good deal?

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Forum topic by ctcfuess posted 08-25-2015 02:23 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 02:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press delta used

I come here all the time and usually get my question answered by browsing. But decided for this one I should post my own question.

I found a Delta 18-900L on Craigslist the other day. The posting says it is only a year old, and is listing it for $700. The picture in the ad looks good, the wrap still seems to be on the table, but it could be an old picture. I’m wondering if this is worth it? I’m not in a position where I have to get a drill press for my current or next project, but they are a handy tool to have around, so I certainly want to get one. If I don’t get this one, then I won’t get one right now, and will have to decide on one to buy later on.

I’ve read a lot of reviews about the Delta, mostly positive, but some commenting on manufacturing defects. I’m assuming he has used the drill press so any manufacturing defects should have been found and handled, but if the table still has the wrap on it, then it may be completely unused and just assembled.

Anyone have any thoughts on if this is a good deal?


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#1 posted 08-25-2015 10:03 PM

I have had the Delta 18-900L for 2 years now and it has been great for me. If that drill is in the shape described, I think it’s a good deal. I looked at everything before I bought my Delta and nothing but the Powermatic compared and I didn’t really like the belt system on the PM. I think the Delta is a very good drill press with a great table for woodworking.

-- Earl

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 11:08 AM

Thanks for the reply. So the price is good? I think I’m hanging up on spending $700, and want to make sure it’s worth $700.

I’m going to do some research on what to look for in a used drill press, does anyone have any advice on what to look for? Here’s what I’m thinking: —Make sure it runs —Make sure it is quiet and runs smooth —I was going to bring a medium sized drill bit and a forstner bit to see how it does —Look for any runout in the spindle —Look for any binding in the spindle mechanism.

Anything I’m missing?


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#3 posted 08-26-2015 01:16 PM

Sounds like a deal to me.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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