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Forum topic by Medickep posted 11-25-2016 03:30 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Medickep

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11-25-2016 03:30 PM

I’m considering getting a drill press, but a smaller bench top type that will be stored in my work bench and slide out when I need it. I use to have a big floor type model made by Rigid that I liked, but sold it during my divorce as I didn’t use it all the time and I wasn’t sure where I would end up.

I found one made by WEN, which I’ve never heard of the brand, but it seems to get good reviews and is on sale for 179.00 down from 236.00.

I appreciate any and all help!

http://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-12-in-Variable-Speed-Drill-Press-4214/204994931?MERCH=REC-_-rv_gm_pip_rr-_-100341772-_-204994931-_-N

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#1 posted 11-25-2016 05:40 PM

Looks to be the same as the jet JWDP-12. It looks like the only difference is the chuck size. The Jet has a 5/8” capacity, this one has a 1/2” capacity. Everything else looks identical (just painted a different color – Home Depot Orange). I’d put money down that they were built side by side in the same factory and this is just a re-branded Jet/Shop Fox. This is not an uncommon practice in the tool industry. Since this is less than half the price of the Jet, I’d go for it. Around 15 years ago I was in the market for a Table Saw. I was looking at the likes of Jet, Grizzly, and even Powermatic, but They were all Too expensive for me at the time. Then I came across a Pioneer, a re-branded Jet Cabinet Table Saw at nearly half the price of the Jet. I decided to take a chance, and it’s still going strong; even after 15yrs of regular use. I do believe that sometimes it’s worth the extra money for a better quality tool, but in this case, unless your a brand loyalist and don’t mind spending extra money for the “Jet” name plate, I don’t think you can go wrong.

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#2 posted 11-25-2016 05:53 PM

Check out the Central Machinery ones at Harbor Freight…..
Been using their 5 speed version for quite awhile now, have just lately replaced the belt.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 11-25-2016 07:37 PM

Screwge-

Thanks for the insight. It sounds like a really good deal!

Bandit-

I’ll check that one out too, but I’ve been burned by them before!

-- Keith

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 03:08 AM

Looks like a good deal to me. Keep hearing about WEN but nothing bad so maybe a decent buy. If you get it review it and let us know how it is working. I did like the table could be hand cranked rather than a friction lock.

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#5 posted 11-26-2016 03:26 AM

Ya, it does seem like a good deal. I may go with the 10” version. I need to measure the opening when I get home from work, but I’m pretty sure the 12” press is to tall to fit in the cabinet opening of my bench!

-- Keith

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#6 posted 11-26-2016 03:42 AM

you could cut down the column without losing much capability.

But if you can, take a piece of shaft to put in the huck and if you have it a dial indicator to check for run out….a common failing in lower cost machines, they may not be as accurate as you expect..

Eric

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#7 posted 11-26-2016 04:11 AM

Realcowtown_eric-

Thanks for the ideas, I’m not sure I’m talented enough to notice the difference between a dialed in drill press and a not so dialed in one! :-) I just figured for the price, it seemed like a good deal!

-- Keith

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 12:13 AM

So after some measuring, I’m considering this little 8” drill press instead of the 12” Just wanted to see if anyone had any major red flags to share about a drill press this side. I feel the reach will be long enough for my uses as well as the power, coming in at 1/3rd horse power. Thanks for the thoughts.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-8-in-5-Speed-Drill-Press-4208/204853910

-- Keith

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 01:05 AM

That WEN is about the same price as a HF model, but also has a cast table—I noticed the smallest HF DP’s now have a sheet metal table. Not a bad buy. Sometimes I have heard of box stores honoring HF 20% off coupons. I think you’ll be happy with that WEN for a long time.

Over the years, I have found many uses for more headspace, personally. Even something as simple as my last project—I wanted drill 1 3/4” holes in regular, 3/4” thick boards with a forstner bit and my 8” press couldn’t accommodate it. My larger one did though.

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#10 posted 12-05-2016 01:10 AM

Thuzmund-

Thanks for the perspective!!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 12-05-2016 02:49 AM

I took a chance and bought the 15” floor model and have been very satisfied.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#12 posted 12-05-2016 03:18 AM

Woodchuck-

That is a good looking press. I think the 8” would keep me happy in my smaller garage other than some hol saw bits not fitting after I put a table on it!

-- Keith

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 03:19 AM

I still have this one from my old press. It may be to big for a little one!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/124017

-- Keith

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#14 posted 12-05-2016 03:33 AM



Woodchuck-

That is a good looking press. I think the 8” would keep me happy in my smaller garage other than some hol saw bits not fitting after I put a table on it!

- Medickep

Yeah, I had a bench top Delta and gave that to my son. With the cabinet under it, it actually took up more room than this floor model. I now have a table on it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#15 posted 12-05-2016 03:35 AM



I still have this one from my old press. It may be to big for a little one!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/124017

- Medickep

Thats a beautiful table!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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