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Forum topic by summerfi posted 02-13-2016 08:35 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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summerfi

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02-13-2016 08:35 PM

I’m thinking about replacing my 1980s vintage Taiwanese dill press that has excessive run-out. The two most important features to me are minimal run-out and an accurate, easy to use depth adjustment. Other features like long quill stroke, variable speed, digital readout, laser indicator, etc. would be nice but not as essential. A bench mounted press is fine for my needs, but I’m not opposed to a floor model. For price I’m thinking $500 – 600, but I’m flexible. Any recommendations on a brand and model?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html


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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 02-13-2016 10:26 PM

Bob, this sounds like a thread I am going to pay attention to. I bought a shopfox with the oscillation sanding feature a few years back. It is definitely Not Scottish, and like Mike Meyers said “If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAP!” I can’t stand it, the depth adjustment is inaccurate and difficult to adjust. The table won’t stay put when you lock it down and it sways from side to side. I am looking to replace it, but I am in the same spot. I have been looking at used machinery outlets in San Fran and Portland that have industrial machinery which might be a better way to go than the Home Depot specials. Here are few sites I found,
http://www.barbomachinery.com/
http://www.sterlingmachinery.com/new-and-used-machinery.php
http://www.perfectionmachinery.com/used-inventory/#tabid01
They might not have what you need, but they have good deals on some items and if you don’t mind it not being new it might work.
I know a few years back FWW had the delta with the tilt table as the best for woodworking. I haven’t had a chance to see one in person so I don’t know.
It is higher in price than you were hoping for, but I think they have a few models.
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-18-900L-18-Inch-Laser-Drill/dp/B003YCEEQC
http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/product-finder/delta-18-900l-18-in-drill-press.aspx

Here is the FWW review on bench models
http://www.finewoodworking.com/toolguide/product-finder/drill-presses/118172.aspx
In that review General came in well. I use a general mortiser and it is well made and fairly easy to use.
Drill presses are a huge part of the shop and can be a tough choice to make, I look forward to hearing what you come up with.
Take care. Hope that helped.

-- Brian Noel

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putty

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 10:40 PM

I’ll be watching this too. Does anyone make one that you can change the speed without changing the belts?

-- Putty

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bearkatwood

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 11:01 PM

Powermatic has a nice digital readout and no belt changes.
http://www.powermatic.com/us/en/p/pm2800b-drill-press-1hp-1ph-115-230v/1792800B

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 02-13-2016 11:20 PM

Thanks for the links Brian. I’ll have to do some studying. Steel City used to make a press with variable speed and digital readout, but I think they went out of business. I wouldn’t mind a good vintage machine, but finding one near me would be almost impossible.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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bearkatwood

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#5 posted 02-13-2016 11:36 PM

Steel City RIP… you will be missed.
Have you asked at Montana Tool Co. I haven’t been there so I don’t know if they have anything or not, but they might have a lead on used machinery. Looks like the closest woodcraft is in Boise. Have you ever met Kevin Reeves of north wind tool works? http://nwtoolworks.com/
He was very helpful when I was building my saws.

-- Brian Noel

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summerfi

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 11:39 PM

I bought my bandsaw at Montana Tool, but haven’t been there recently. I plan to see what they have for drill presses. I’ve visited Kevin’s website but have never met him.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 11:40 PM

Bob,

If you are ever in the Seattle area, there’s a Jet/powermatic surplus dealer in Auburn. Here’s what I would probably get, plus WA sales tax would be just under $600. Full 5” of stroke. Once I clear up some room and get the money for one, that’s what I intend to buy.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/tld/5433528970.html

Or you could get a larger 20” press for a bit more.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/tld/5420361667.html

And their powermatic ones:

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/tld/5445240469.html
http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/tld/5420367905.html

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#8 posted 02-13-2016 11:50 PM

I just picked up a WEN 12” bench top DP with variable speed and a digital readout. It was very well reviewed on the HD site. I believe that there’s a floor model as well. It’s Chinese-made, but what isn’t these days. The bench top version was $212 I think. A great price if it lives up to its reviews.

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bearkatwood

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 11:51 PM

That first Jet looked like something from a sci-fi movie. “Danger Will Robinson”
I got that flannel thing down pat ;) Pendletons all the way!

-- Brian Noel

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summerfi

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 12:03 AM

Seems like some good deals Jmart. I’ll keep that in mind. My son lives not too far from there.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 12:07 AM

I think brand new that’s as good as you’re gonna get. From what I’ve read of the reviews, that 17” JET has a lot of happy customers.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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bearkatwood

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 12:16 AM

I don’t see any depth stops on the side. How does that work??

I don’t know if I could take it seriously as a woodworking tool in my shop. It looks too futuristic and doesn’t fit with my caveman motif.

-- Brian Noel

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jmartel

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 12:19 AM

Depth stop is on the right side.

That black tab that indicates the depth of drilling. You can tighten a ring that spins freely that will contact the black tab and stop the press from drilling further. That’s how my cheapo HF press is set up as well. Works ok.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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bearkatwood

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#14 posted 02-14-2016 12:19 AM

Looks familiar. Oh yeah I remember where I saw that thing before.

-- Brian Noel

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#15 posted 02-14-2016 02:47 AM

Can the run out on an old drill press be fixed, or helped at least, by replacing the bearings?

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