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Forum topic by woodbutcherbynight posted 07-27-2016 02:15 AM 429 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodbutcherbynight

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07-27-2016 02:15 AM

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I have a friend that would like to purchase my older model Delta Bench-top Drill press which got me considering if I wish to upgrade. While I do have a Jet floor model Drill press I have liked having my bench-top set with a pilot hole bit. My only real gripe is the table does not have a crank to raise and lower it. Merely pull up and down and set clamp. This has worked for a long time but I often change the height so this is a upgrade.

Any suggestions???

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 02:30 AM

I have a Delta floor model that I use for about everything. A couple years ago I Picked up a grizzly floor model for $100 I think it was. That one is my pilot hole driller. I’m a big fan of 2 floor model drill presses. Maybe you could pick one up cheap on Craigslist or estate sale. When a fellar dies it seems the first thing to go are his tools…cheap

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 03:49 AM

I would not mind having another floor model, but space would be a problem. (laughing) I currently have no space for any equipment that cannot fit on the bench. When I win the lottery I plan on building a warehouse sized shop and hoe to not complain about space for a few months. (laughing)

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 03:57 AM

I have a Skil that is three years old & has been a real work horse.

It does have a crank and a laser (that I never aligned & don’t use).

Its the standard five speed belt drive and I’ve used 3” carbide forstner bits that are at the limit of its capabilities.

Very pleased overall.

M

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 03:59 AM

Thanks. The laser is nice, if you set it up but the crank is the real bonus.

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 11:20 AM

I guess I would tell your friend that you need the bench model and it is not for sale. ( There I sound like Dear Abby)

There are a ton of them for sale and I’m sure he can find one for his use. I have one in the barn I use for the same purpose you do and I would not sell it for the same reason. I have an old Dunlap floor model without a crank in my regular shop and I love it. It is so quick to slide the table up and down without having to wait for all the cranking.

cheers, Jim

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#6 posted 07-27-2016 01:16 PM

If you have the time, I think Wood magazine if dong a bench top DP review in the next issue. A lot of guys don’t trust reviews, but you get a good side by side comparison of several brands/models that few of us can provide.

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#7 posted 07-27-2016 02:22 PM

Another factor you might consider. I also have a Delta and the switch went out and it was impossible to get a new one. I tried the repair shop and they wouldn’t do anything that wasn’t factory so wound up having a local electrician put on a new switch. I like the machine because it has a variable speed control so you don’t have to change the belt but Delta parts are very difficult to find.

-- Kepy

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#8 posted 07-27-2016 02:32 PM

Jim is right on(post #5), there are so many of these bench top DPs for sale you could easily find him one
I would buy one and give it to him to save the friendship, $50 -$75 is well worth it,this way you still keep your DP and he’ll get one for free but he also will never forget the gesture.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 07-28-2016 03:56 AM



Jim is right on(post #5), there are so many of these bench top DPs for sale you could easily find him one
I would buy one and give it to him to save the friendship, $50 -$75 is well worth it,this way you still keep your DP and he ll get one for free but he also will never forget the gesture.

- distrbd

Very true,thanks for the advice.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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