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Forum topic by Jarrett posted 06-13-2016 05:39 PM 1458 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jarrett

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06-13-2016 05:39 PM

I may bite on a larger drill press than the little delta bench top that I currently have now…anyone with any experience with the floor model Penn? I can’t find much info on it. Sorry for the poor picture, it’s the only one I was sent so far.
I know their dust collection and turning tools are pretty dang good for the price, but know nothing of their drilling equipment.
Thanks!!

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-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 06-13-2016 07:06 PM

I think I’d be a little wary Jarrett. I did some poking around online and found virtually nothing from users. I also went and talked to ‘bout half a dozen machinists and none of them had ever even heard of PSI. If the price is really good, it might be worth the risk. Otherwise I think I’d let it ride. Just my $.02.

Hope all’s well with the little one down there!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ClammyBallz

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#2 posted 06-13-2016 07:18 PM

It’s at least 20 years old, I don’t remember PSI selling drill presses. It looks like a HF model.

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TheGreatJon

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#3 posted 06-13-2016 07:23 PM

One of those sat in my garage for a few weeks. It tagged along with another tool purchase. It wasn’t new, but it looked pretty shiny and little-used.

I plugged it in while I had it, but I never actually drilled any holes. It made a good bit of noise. You could probably fix most of the noise by putting some weather stripping around the inside of that hinged lid (or just remove it). The bearings also sounded low quality. There wasn’t any visible runout on the chuck, but I didn’t put a dial indicator on it. I have a 60 yr old craftsman 100 that was beaten up pretty badly in an old plastics factory. It’s ugly but it runs well and I quickly decided to keep the Craftsman instead of the PSI.

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Rick M

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 07:02 AM

Penn State doesn’t design or build any machines, they just go to a Chinese company, pick something from the catalog and put their name on it. Sometimes that works out for you if it’s a common design.

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 06-14-2016 04:04 PM

Hey Jarrett: this Hitachi DP popped up on CL this morning down in your neck of the woods. A quick google seems to indicate it may be a pretty solid user.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Jarrett

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#6 posted 06-15-2016 12:33 AM

Thanks for the sound advice! I was just dreaming of a trip for a tool…glad you all smacked some sense into me. I did see the hitachi, but I passed on it and instead upgraded my spindle sander and am working on a package deal for a Laguna bandsaw, shaper, two large dust collectors, edge sander, and thickness sander. I put my old truck up for sale to get some funds, 1/2 goes to the wife, the other 1/2 goes to the shop. My new lil one is doing great! Growing and pooping, so all is well.

Thanks again!

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 06-15-2016 12:23 PM

Man, you just can’t hide money!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Jarrett

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#8 posted 06-15-2016 12:32 PM

Ha! I can hide it very well in the shape of a tool or piece of wood! Just trying to gamble and throw all into the shop, orders for furniture are getting better and better!

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 06-15-2016 12:54 PM

That’s awesome Jarrett. The only downside I see for you is that once you get that thickness sander and bandsaw some redneck from Roanoke will be showing up every few months with a truck bed full of lumber to resaw and finish to size ;P

BTW, don’t know if you saw this blog entry. I dunno if you’ve got anything but if so, might be a good chance to “pay it forward”. I’m gonna dig through my “just in case someday…” tools and see if I’ve got anything for him.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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