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Forum topic by MPMaint posted 04-29-2016 03:02 PM 526 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MPMaint

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04-29-2016 03:02 PM

Hey guys, In the past year or so I’ve been replacing a lot of my equipment. About 15 yrs ago, I bought a lot of low end machinery like grizzly, delta, and craftsman and they have not performed.
I have one of those Craftsman radial drill presses. It works, stalls, run out is an issue. Its got to go. FYI, I am a contractor so I do drill thru some heavy stock sometimes.
Any suggestions? Im thinking of an older powermatic. Those are not cheap. Maybe an old rockwell? I also ran across some older craftsman industrial drill presses on craigslist. Anybody know much about them?
I did see a lot of positive comments about the Porter Cable at Lowes for around $320. I checked it out, its no upgrade for me.
Maybe a new Powermatic or a Jet? Those are made in the same factory as the grizzlys????

Thoughts?


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#1 posted 04-29-2016 03:52 PM

I have an older Jet JDP-17mf. Floor standing. I got it from CL about 8 years ago. I don’t know the age, well used when I got it, but it looks the same as new of the same model. It has done everything I needed from it,but if I ever get an old Powermatic I’ll break up with it in a flash.

http://www.amazon.com/JET-JDP-17MF-354169-Drill-Press/dp/B00004T9L0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461944737&sr=8-1&keywords=jet+jdp-17mf

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 05:01 PM

The new 17” Jet for woodworking has caught my eye…..it looks nice and 400.00 cheaper than the PM
Mike

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 08:50 PM



I have an older Jet JDP-17mf. Floor standing. I got it from CL about 8 years ago. I don t know the age, well used when I got it, but it looks the same as new of the same model. It has done everything I needed from it,but if I ever get an old Powermatic I ll break up with it in a flash.

http://www.amazon.com/JET-JDP-17MF-354169-Drill-Press/dp/B00004T9L0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461944737&sr=8-1&keywords=jet+jdp-17mf

- hairy

Thanks. good to hear its worked out well for you. It is a possibility.

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MPMaint

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 08:56 PM



The new 17” Jet for woodworking has caught my eye…..it looks nice and 400.00 cheaper than the PM
Mike

- moke

I was checking that one out at my local Woodcraft. Its a nice drill press. If I decide to buy new, that is 1 of my two choices I just wonder if I can get better used one for less or equal money.

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#5 posted 05-02-2016 04:38 PM

MP—
Jet runs a 10 and sometimes 15% off at least once a year….somehow, I got on an email.
Mike

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#6 posted 05-02-2016 07:24 PM

I have a rather old Elliot geared head drill with auto feed. This serves me well in my machine shop. It runs well and cuts through very heavy thick steel with not even a thought of slowing down never mind stalling it is three phase 440 volts .
I don’t know about you friends here on Jocks but I always try to drill metal slowly apart from using a centre drill which should be speeded up , I find working on metal slow is the way to go. In my woodshop,
Now the woodshop
I had a very nice well sought after metal drill a Meddings model which I used freely on all wood types in my woodshop.
There was one very aggravating problem with it, which was, it was designed (quite why I will never know) without a rack at the back of it which meant that the table could not be raised with a handwheel of any kind. If you had a heavy drill press and all mine are machinists models HEAVY BEVY, on top of this a large chunk of wood etc , you had to wrestle with the heavy steel table and raise or lower it, at the same time as you had it full of the work waiting to be drilled.
To overcome this I fitted it on the rear with a big heavy long two inch thick (almost) spring which meant for me when you released the locking handle it did not all fall immediately down to the floor thanks for gravity. It was a real Charlie Chaplin job holding it up and trying to lock it approx. at the correct height or near enough so that you could lock it with the other hand. after a while I sold it, it was as said a very popular machinist drill and a teacher bought it quickly for what it had cost me he was not concerned about this and seemed me intrigued by the name badge/label status symbol , as it was a big step up for him. I was left short well short for a similar model without
this design flaw ( as I saw it) would have been to much for a wood shop. I eventually bought after haggling with a very nice Scottish gentleman a few hundred miles further north in Aberdeen. We settled eventually on around
£ 350 inc delivery . I was amazed immediately with it’s performance, I went for their biggest model with the biggest table handy with my parkinsons problems. It now sells at almost double what I paid around eight years ago now. It is Chinese and I must say it is very quiet and runs beautifully with no vibration at all. Alistair p s When

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 05-02-2016 07:46 PM

Jet is running 10% off at Woodcraft, May 13-16

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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