Delta Tabletop Drill Presses?

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Forum topic by clieb91 posted 03-24-2010 10:09 PM 2319 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2010 10:09 PM

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Hi all, I am currently looking at purchasing a Delta DP300 or DP350 and wondering if anyone has some feedback. My current drill press is quite old and has no depth stop which makes it quite difficult when I am making puzzles and games. I have a chance to get on of the Deltas and wanted to know what any of you think.

Thanks All


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 10:27 PM

I don’t have any experience with either of these, but the DP350 seems to impress the reviewers and depress the owners. I’ve read a lot of owner reviews that complain the variable speed system goes bad.

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 03:51 AM

I’ve got a Delta benchtop (not sure of model #) and I don’t think it is very good.

I bought it new and have not abused it and but now there is a lot of slop when the chuck is extended. I am debating when to spring for a new drill. Next time it will be a floor model because my perception is that all bench tops are not good.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 04:20 AM

I owned an older model Delta table top model. It served me well for many years and didn’t take up much space. I didn’t enjoy the depth stop and the 2 5/8th drilling depth, but overall it did everything I asked of it. I’ve been fortunate to upgrade to a full sized drill press. I purchased a 15” Ridgid at Home Depot for $299. So far it’s been great, more power, more depth, integrated light…. nice extras, but basically it still drills holes just like my Delta did.

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 04:23 AM

I don’t know about the delta, except what I have seen in the local Lowe’s store. The main thing I always notice there is that they don’t appear to be assembled very well, which isn’t surprising in that situation. I actually have an el cheapo Harbor Freight – Central Machinery drill press that actually does a very good job – as bench tops go anyway. My only complaint really has been capacity (this would be a problem for any bench top) and the fact that there isn’t a gear/crank mechanism with which to adjust table height. I have to loosen the clamp and then slide the table up or down. This gets pretty aggravating at times. As far as how it drills, it does a very good job for me.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 05:01 PM

Thanks for the feedback all, I decided against the drill press at this time. Going to be keeping my eye out for maybe a used press.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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