|Forum topic by fiddlebanshee||posted 06-29-2010 06:18 PM||1255 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-29-2010 06:18 PM
Ok I know you guys love talking about your tools. So here’s your chance. I am in the market for a drill press. As you maybe know, I’m just starting out and as we are moving to our new house I’m thinking about must have tools in my new workshop. I have decided I need a drill press but the question is which one, and what features are more important than others? I will do mostly hobby woodworking, building some cabinets, tables, chairs maybe sometime, this kind of run of the mill work. Nothing heavy duty and nothing fancy. I have looked at many reviews and am no closer to making up my mind what I should get.
1. bench top or floor standing. I will have a decent amount of space but since there is also a price difference I’m wondering if it is worth to go for the floor model or if I could do with a benchtop
2. quill length—how important is this
3. variable speed—what’s the min and max to look for
4. what about the platform/table. What should I check when checking out models
5. accuracy—this would be very important to me, why else would I want a press. What questions to ask?
Anything else I should beware of? Particular brands to avoid, or look for?
I do not have a fixed budget in mind, but obviously I don’t want to pay for more than I need. I am looking for quality and something that fits my needs. If it costs $700 so be it, if I can make it happen with $200 – even better. I am not prepared to fork over $1000 + since I think that would be overkill for my kind of application.
-- As if I needed another hobby!