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Forum topic by BigET posted 01-30-2010 08:57 PM 2423 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2010 08:57 PM

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I am finally setting up a woodworking shop in my garage, and have a good selection of tools, except for a drill press. I don’t have a lot of room, especially bench-top space. I was considering the reasonably priced floor drill press from Ridgid, at $300 a good buy and it seems popular with folks on this site, but I also came across the Rikon and Grizzly floor radial drill presses in roughly the same price-range. I am intrigued by the versatility of the radial drill presses but have not found much information online about them. What suggestions and experiences have other Lumberjocks members had with them? Is either the Rikon or the Grizzly Radial drill press a better selection than the Ridgid?

I also am considering putting the drill press on a mobile base so I could move it out for use easily and put it away when not in use. Stability on a mobile base may be an issue, especially with a radial type drill press. Any experience or advice on this is also appreciated.

-- Earl in Maine

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 09:53 PM

I have a radial drill press (different brand) and while I appreciate the possibilities of the design I have yet to use it to anything near its potential. 20” + is more than I would likely use and I have concerns as to the rigidity at the extremes. Very seldom do I drill more than a few inches from the edge of the material.

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 10:14 PM

I have the Rigid on a shop fox drill press mobile base and can recommend it. I have a rocker drill press table on it. I have had some issues with the rockler table T tracks pulling out when using hold downs.

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You can see the base in this photo.


I’ve picked up an older 32” Rockwell radial drill press, but have not used it much. It is mounted on an old metial stand.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 02:54 PM

I really have been impressed with Ridgid, you’ll probably want to get a Ridgid Oscillating sander when when you get your drill press…. outstanding tool!

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 01:33 AM

I guess it depends what you are going to use it for but a radial head drill press can do a lot of operations a standard drill press can’t.

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