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Forum topic by Kolmar posted 04-12-2010 05:02 PM 971 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2010 05:02 PM

I am looking for a Drill press ( bench top model more then likely as I am running out of floor space) I need something to drill straight holes and eventually i would like to get a lathe and do some pens, what brands and models have you all had good luck on? Around $100.

Also I am looking for a 12-13 inch lunch box planer I have heard mixed reviews on the ryobi, but i have a nice home depot card that will cover almost all of it. If i get the drill press ( Cash does not have to come from home depot) i can’t get the ridgid model, I am just a habbiest I believe i would use the drill press on most every project as I have several cabinets and shelves I plan to make and think that needs to be my next purchase by biggest need/use.

Any and all comments welcome!

Thanks! Kolmar

-- Kolmar

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 05:32 PM

craigslist to start off!
See whats out there then go from there!

I have a Delta 8” drill press! love it I’ve had it for over ten
years and never had a problem with it!
For cabinets i would go to a 12” bench top!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 05:37 PM

I agree with “check out criagslist” first, maybe an auction, buy trade mags. You can sometimes find a thousand dollar DP for 100 bucks. I wouldnt worry about buying a floor model…....just cut the post to the desired length and re-assemble

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 10:03 PM

For the planer, I’d pass on the Ryobi and go for the Ridgid from HD. It’s a little more but a great tool. I just planed about 100 BF of alder this weekend and it worked great. Very smooth, flat boards. Plus with the Lifetime Service Agreement, it gives you some piece of mind.

-- Matt -

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