Drill Press Laser Alignment Question

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Forum topic by Glen Peterson posted 01-30-2010 06:04 PM 1576 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Glen Peterson

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01-30-2010 06:04 PM

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Hi All,
I recently bought a Delta 17-950L drill press with the crosshair laser. I’m having some trouble with the laser alignment. It’s easy to get the lasers to cross at the base of the aignment pin or a drill bit, but I’m having trouble making the lasers lines parallel to the line on the alignment pin which is in the chuck. In fact the laser holder is a plastic cylinder and it sits in a cylindrical hole so, moving the “laser lever” just moves the laser holder back and forth which doesn’t change the laser line angle at all. I’ve followed the instructions. Moving the lase lever should change the angle of the laser lines but it doesnt. What am I missing? Does anyone have experience with this unit?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 06:17 PM

I have this same dp and the same problem…will be watching for a solution…presently just don’t use it

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 07:20 PM

Try calling Delta C.S. and see if they have a answer for the problem. If you talk with them, they may have already solved it. Just Sayin’.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 07:34 PM

I have the same problem and I have, essentially, given up on solving it. If I need the laser, I will adjust it so that the lines cross at the point that the drill enters the wood and I have to check it and readjust anytime I change the table height.

I really like the laser on my miter saw but, in my opinion, it has less value on a drill press.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 08:04 AM


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