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joes978

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09-24-2015 05:40 PM

I’ve been agonizing over this for a month and after not finding a good old Drill Press locally I decided to buy new. I have narrowed it down to 2 models but I can’t find enough reviews on either to decide. Anyone recommendations?

Either the new JET JDP-17

http://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/17-drill-press/716300

or the General International 75-260M1

http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/general-intl-75-260m1

Price is identical for both.

Thanks


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TheDane

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 05:46 PM

Flip a coin … they are both Asian imports.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 05:57 PM

CL it and get some vintage iron. Sorry, I have a thing for old iron. I just got a 1963 Delta Rockwell 17” DP from CL for the large sum of $50.

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#3 posted 09-24-2015 06:18 PM

I bought the Jet drill press, 6 months months ago and so far I have been happy with it. One of the laser guides was loose in the base when I got it. I called Jet and they sent me a whole new replacement set in a couple days. Other than that, no other problems.

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#4 posted 09-24-2015 07:43 PM

An old one would be nice, but the closest and cheapest old one I can find is $500 and its 3 hours away.

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 07:45 PM

old iron has no memory of the drive. Do it.

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 05:08 PM

The GI has a 6 in spindle travel and a 3/4 inch chuck…that is awesome….but I am not sure that I would ever use that. I saw that Jet recently and it is awesome….it has a huge table,is quiet and overall really looks nice. I know on paper the GI looks better but the Jet is specifically designed for woodworkers….That is the one I would go for.

Of course if you don’t like it….I told you to go with the GI!!!

Let us know what you think, I have a perfectly good DP and I still have had my eye on the Jet…
Just my .02
Mike

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 05:39 PM

I rarely hear or read anything good about GI. I have a Jet DP, it’s the only non-US made machine in my shop.

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#8 posted 09-25-2015 06:39 PM

I am a hobbyist and not doing production wood working. I have the Jet Bench-top model and have been extremely impressed. Mine didn’t come with the lasers—I thought them more a gimmick than a real tool, could be wrong though—and I haven’t missed them.

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#9 posted 09-25-2015 06:51 PM

I thought about saving some money and buying the bench top model but it seemed like its size would make it less convenient than a floor top model because it would be too big for my normal bench and too short for the floor so I would end up creating its own bench just to make it at the correct working height. Am I wrong? I agree with the lasers being a gimmick. Lasers only belong on sharks.

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#10 posted 09-25-2015 07:40 PM

I have an older Jet 17” floor model (2005? or so).
No lasers (yes sharks only!). It looks like they have done a number of good improvements. The table on mine is geared toward metal working. It is round and not very convenient for clamping from the side. The depth stop has a small amount of ‘give’ when the quill hits it. Not a big deal unless you are trying to get precision depth for several holes. The travel stop and limit nuts take forever to adjust in/out. Quick release buttons here would be a major relief.

5/8” chuck is fine, only several times had I wished for bigger.

You cannot really appreciate a tools features/short comings unless you have spent time with it.

Looking at your links, it looks like Jet has got the table right (excellent!). No view of the depth stop to see if they have fixed my other grievances.

The GI has the longer stroke, but I’d like to shake the spindle side to side to see if it has more slop than the Jet.
The GI table doesn’t look as ‘nice’ as the Jet, but still very functional.

Like you, I had thought about a bench top, but glad I went with a floor. I get to keep the bench top clear and I had plenty of narrow slots between things that are perfect to park/store a floor press (otherwise would have been wasted space).

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#11 posted 10-02-2015 01:23 AM

Ended up making the 3 hour drive and picking up an old Delta 220. Checked out the Jet 17 at a woodcraft on the way. It was nice but not as smooth as I thought it would be.

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#13 posted 10-04-2015 05:10 AM

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