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Forum topic by Woodtwerker posted 09-22-2015 11:02 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2015 11:02 PM

Anyone own or ever used one of these? A guy in the next town over has one for sale for $150, with “never used” reason for selling. Anyone have any complaints about the 1669? I’ve seen the 1667 as being ok but seen great reviews for the 1668. So you can see my delema. Thanks for any help.

-- Gabe in Savannah


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#1 posted 09-24-2015 07:46 PM

Ok no reviews, No news is good news….I guess. I’m going for it and will write a review

-- Gabe in Savannah

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 01:17 AM

This might be a little late but I have an old grizzly floor version of this. Overall I like it But, I have 3 complaints.
1. Using any standard drill bits are just fine. When using larger forstnser bits or a circle cutter, I find it under powered. I don’t force the larger cuts but depending on the wood, I can stall the motor pretty easily.
2. Take a good square with you and check square front to back and side to side of the table to the head with a long drill bit in the Chuck. I had to adjust the side to side with the head locked in the default position. But in my case, I am still trying to figure out how to fix the front to back.
3. It is the nature of this radial head but when you extend the head out, and use a bit of force to drill harder materials, I find both the head and table will flex out of square.
Having said my complaints on my 15+ year old grizzly version, I do find the radial head to be very versatile. Some time in the future I’m going to see if it is possible to put a more powerful motor in it. Probably 1/4hp more than it has now will be plenty.
I also see the one above has a couple features I wish mine had though. I think you will like just machine though.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 04-08-2018 11:08 AM

Gabe, what do you think of the Shop Fox radial drill pressW1669 now? I’m considering buying one but have no experience with a radial drill press. Would really like to hear from you.

Bruce

-- Bruce, Florida

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#4 posted 04-08-2018 02:00 PM

I also had one of the older Grizz radial drills, and same problem as Mike spoke of in his reason three: comes out of square when you do an angles radial hole. I sold mine off due to that problem. Good news, I got about what I paid for it.
Have never missed it since. Now if I want to do an angle hole, I use a mounted vise that tilts. Much better.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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