|Forum topic by Rayman24||posted 01-09-2016 03:09 AM||723 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-09-2016 03:09 AM
I am in the market for my 1st drill press. I am no means a professional woodworker, but more of a hobbyist working out of 1/3 of my garage. I do have several years of experience, and am passionate about doing quality work. Most of my projects consist of cutting boards, picture frames, shadow boxes, nightstands, tables etc…(usually for other people). With that said here is where my research has led me:
For the last year I have had my mind made up on the Porter Cable 12 speed floor drill press (model# PCB660DP). This machine seems to get good reviews and on paper looks like it would accomplish most of my needs, not to mention a good value @ $319. However I prefer to only ever buy 1 DP if possible so I have expanded my search and have started to fall in love with the Jet JDP-17 DP which is clearly a very nice machine and also gets good ratings, not to mention the table size, and the 5” spindle travel. I have been watching craigslist and have not had the good fortune of coming across a nice older machine in my area.
I’m curious to hear from some more experienced wood workers along with some current owners of either of these machines to get some more insight to which might be the best way for me to go. Keep in mind i just want to be able to open the box assemble it…make a few minor adjustments and go to work with it.
Is the Jet model worth twice the price of the PC? Is there a DP under $700 i should be considering also? What am i missing?
Thanks in advance!