|Forum topic by TheLorax||posted 12-18-2015 01:37 AM||3353 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
12-18-2015 01:37 AM
I’m looking for a drill press for my shop. I know the general consensus is to buy the Porter Cable from Lowes or buy used. I don’t really have the budget for a porter cable and there is never anything worth buying on craigslist in my area. If there is the seller always wants $10 less than a new one. I could wait to buy but I have projects that need a drill press and I don’t really want to wait a couple years when I can buy something useful now.
I’m considering the following 10” presses:
Harbor freight 10 in 12 speed. $105 with holiday 25% coupon http://www.harborfreight.com/10-in-12-speed-bench-drill-press-60237.html
Ryobi 10 in $129 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-10-in-Drill-Press-with-Laser-DP103L/205503636
Wen 4212 continuously variable 10 in. $154 http://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-10-in-Variable-Speed-Drill-Press-4212/204853908 This is the most expensive out of the bunch. It has 2.5 inches of spindle travel and the second biggest motor at 4.8 amps. I am most drawn to this one. It is also the most expensive out of the bunch. I’m concerned on the variable speed technology being something to break. I’m also concerned about the minimum speed being 530rpms.
So my two biggest deciding factors are how important is amperage and how important are low speeds? Should I go with the Harbor Freight for using forstner bits and hole saws? Or will the 530-570 rpm ranges be fine for those tasks? The Ryobi and Harbor Freight can be picked up locally and the Wen will have to be ordered.
I looked at the Skil from Lowes and the Crafstman models from Sears as well and I didn’t include them because I liked these models better. I’ve also considered just getting the Harbor Freight 8” for around $50 but I really don’t like how the table is adjusted up and down on those.
Thanks for any and all suggestions