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Forum topic by Dustin posted 06-03-2016 06:22 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2016 06:22 PM

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Fellow LJ’ers,
I’m currently looking around for drill presses, not for any particular task, but mainly because I don’t have one for my shop (no idea why I’ve gone this long without one). A local seller has an old Delta 11-900 still packaged in box, never assembled, and is asking $55.
I know it’s extremely discounted, but would this even be worth it? The Wen 4214 12” press (apparently identical to the Jet alternative) is sitting around $200 at a lot of online retailers. And while I don’t have other necessary tools at the moment, I would eventually like to get into pen turning (maybe later this year) and am concerned regarding the limits of the 2” quill travel.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#1 posted 06-04-2016 01:35 AM

I bought a Delta 11-950 at a garage sale a few years ago for, if memory serves me, 25 bucks. Pretty much identical to the 900. Worth every penny at the price. Anything more than that…. eh. The 2” stroke certainly is limiting as well as a PIA. No rack and pinon table adjustment also adds to the PIA factor. There’s less than 5 inches of work space between the chuck and the table swung at its lowest position. The spindle and chuck are fine – no perceptible wobble, and will chuck up a 1.5mm bit to a 17/32”.

If money isn’t a factor and you’re down to those two choices, I don’t know why you wouldn’t take the Wen. Except for women and brain tumors, bigger is generally better.

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 02:00 AM

Craigslist is awesome in that you can “rent” tools for an indefinite amount of time. There’s no late fees. In fact, the longer you hold something, the lower the monthly rent becomes.

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#3 posted 06-04-2016 02:26 AM

LMFAO, truer words were never spoken!!!
Except for women and brain tumors, bigger is generally better.

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#4 posted 06-04-2016 12:07 PM

I bought one that two of the arms were broken. I put a 3in sanding drum on it. That’s all I use it for.


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#5 posted 06-06-2016 12:16 PM

Thanks for the feedback. To address your question, muleskinner, the debate was because the Wen is based on the 12” Jet, and I’ve heard some pretty negative things about it. My main concern was the more I spend on this, the longer it will take to acquire a decent enough lathe to start pen-turning, but I typically lean toward buying a small number of quality tools I’ll love rather than several lower quality ones that I can manage to “make work.”
That being the case, I’m now leaning heavily toward the porter cable floor drill press at Lowes, as it seems to be one of the few products they make that still garners a lot of favor.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 01:07 PM

The thing about buying $55 drill presses is that you can usually use it for a while and then when you want to upgrade, you can sell the old one for $55. I did the same thing with a drill press and a jointer.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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