There a better value than the Ridgid DP1550 Drill Press?

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01-20-2010 10:10 PM

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I’ve read all of the generally pretty good reviews on the DP1550 and like the look of them when browsing in HD. Is there any similar sized drill press in a similar price range that I should be looking at?

Still cruising Craigslist and may end up going the used route instead of new. A couple have caught my eye including a half priced used DP1550.


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#1 posted 01-20-2010 10:15 PM

not sure how much its going for but I got my 16.5” Delta on CL for real cheap. if you’re patient, there are some great offers to be had there. a DP is one of the more simple machines, and most of them offer very similar features.

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 10:29 PM

I have a Northern Tool 16 speed, which is sold under a different label as the Central Machinery 43378 and runs for $189.00.

The quill travel on the DP1550 is a full 3-3/4 making it a one pass affair to through drill 4x stock. However you lose 4 speed settings, which, depending on how big or small of bits you use, might be important to you. I know I have some big forstners, and small Titanium bits etc… that obviously cannot be run at the same speed…

I got my DP used (Craigslist) for $75.00. Now the DP1550 sells new for $299.00, if you found an excellent condition DP1550 for $150.00, I would say RUN don’t walk to go get the thing…

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 11:32 PM

unknown condition & a 2 hour drive each way. May get motivate to go take a look at it with my dial indicator, or may just keep an eye on my RSS feed for “drillpress | drill press” in the couple of nearby Craigslist cities.

The DP1550 will do 300-3100, what does the Norther Tool do? I’d assume the lost speeds would be in the middle range somewhere not necessarily at the top & bottom end with the fewer gears/pulleys.

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 01:40 PM

I bought a DP1550 because I happened to chance on my local HD clearing some out for $149. After the military discount, I was out the door for $135. I couldn’t be happier with it. Obviously it’s not the top of the line but also not anywhere close to a top of the line price. All adjustments were true straight from the box and set up was easy. The light uses an appliance size bulb (though the instructions fail to mention the size required). There is a little more play in the table height adjustment than I would like and the column lock handle is too short/close to the column but all in all well worth the money.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 05:24 PM

I ended up finding a nice Craigslist special SteelCity 17”. Some guy who allegedly only used it 6 times sold it for $200. Had a good covering of dust, but more or less looked new.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 07:11 AM

I was lucky enough to find a brand new DP1550 last week for $300. I scooped it right up :) What did you end up getting?

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 07:30 AM

buy used

Ridgid is nothing more then the corporate greed that preys on the unsuspecting fool

but in a “pinch” ………….its a cheap solution to a big problem

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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