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08-25-2010 07:33 PM

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Does anybody know If those 50 pounds plus baby drill presses ar any good?

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 07:39 PM

they don’t make very good coffee I can tell you that!

but they do drill holes pretty well – obviously within limitations of size of the board, and size of the holes they can handle. on the plus side -they are compact, and don’t require floor space.

as for specific models – there are many to choose from, some better than others.

what are you looking to drill mostly? the answer to this question will tell you if they are good ENOUGH for YOUR NEEDS or not.

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 08:07 PM

Greetings joez,

The first bench-top drill press I owned was an 8” Delta….way too small for my needs…I gave it to my son..

Then I bought a 12” Delta…... Same thing….Both the 8 and 12” didn’t have enough”ummff for me, and

the quill drive was way too short, plus they had a small chuck…...Sold that one to my father-in-law…..

I’ve had a 16 1/2 ” Delta floor model ever since I sold them two, and never looked back….Best drill I ever

owned….. Had it now for 12 years, and not a minutes trouble….Variable speeds, 5/8” chuck, plenty of quill

depth…... I build furniture, but you have to decide what’s best for you, and if you have the space…...

And it can crank out two pots of coffee a day…......Thanks to PurpLev for that one…

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 08:13 PM


There’s two main requirements for a drill press. They should be oriented at 90 degrees to the surface of the table and they should track straight down when crank is turned. Most of the little, cheap (and a lot of the new big, expensive) drill presses do not do this. There are other criteria but these two are the biggest reasons I use a drill press.

Might as well use a hand drill.

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#4 posted 08-25-2010 08:25 PM

I have a Harbor Freight floor drill press, 16 speeds. I Paid only $100.00 for it and it had been used only once before.
It dependent what you want to do , one drill press I had a good long look at was the radial one sold by grizzly and many other vendor, it seems to be very versatile:

check the reviews:


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#5 posted 08-25-2010 09:07 PM

I have been using the bench top model of the 16 speed Harbor Freight drill press for several years now, it gets plenty of use and it’s been a very good machine.

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 09:11 PM

I’ve got a couple of big floor standing presses, but I wanted something smaller that I could dedicate exclusively to pen making and small precise boring requirements. I ended up with a Ryobi 12” benchtop. $170 from Home Depot. An excellent machine. Laser guides and integrated work light (they recommend a 15W craft bulb, to hell with that – I use an LED undercounter work spot, much better and it’ll last forever), dead on precise, and mechanical speed control via lever vice belt changes with LED RPM meter, vibration free. Solid and well built and plenty powerful for a bench top model. Excellent machine and worth the money.

Editted to add: The Ryobi 12” is a bit over the “50lb Baby Drill Press” category. It’s 92lbs.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#7 posted 08-26-2010 01:42 AM

I have had the 12” delta for about 3 years now. It has done everything I have asked. The lasar was junk but didn’t really need it anyhow. I added the Woodpecker table and I am very happy with it.

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#8 posted 08-26-2010 05:46 AM

Hi Jim,
How long have you had the Ryobi? I’m leaning heavily toward that model to take the place of my terminally ill Delta 12” variable spd.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 08-26-2010 06:32 AM

I have nine drill presses, all with names.

Eight are the cheaper, smaller variety. To test one, grasp the chuck when it’s retracted and when it’s fully extended, and try to make it wiggle. Sloppy is bad.

EEngineer is right, check the parallelossity to the table. Some piece of rod in the chuck and a dial indicator will work.

Final thing is the belt. Even less cheap machines can have a bad belt, which results in subtle (or worse) vibration which is at least subliminally annoying right on up to affecting the work. Best to buy belts at a Power Transmission place, not a drug store. Costs more, but way worth it.

For background on this post, my appreciation goes to Phyllis Driller, Sergeant Pressdem, Brian Auger, Alexander Borodin, and others.

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#10 posted 08-26-2010 07:43 PM

I’ve been very happy with the bigger of the HF bench DP’s…13” model 38142. Mine was $144 two years ago. It’s got plenty of power, is quiet, has low runout, low vibration, respectable quill travel and is pretty stable at > 100#.

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 06:26 PM

I have been using a bench top for years now and have had great luck with it. My only complaint is that the chuck does not cloes to “0” I have to use a collet if I want to use bits smaller than 1/16.

-- Ray

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 07:05 PM

It all depends on what your doing. I have a small hf model and it works fine for the little stuff. Keeping in mind it did not have enough power to push a 1-5/8 forstner bit through a chunk of oak though. Things you really need to consider are; How much you will be using it, how much stroke do you need, do you have room for it, and how much can you afford spend. I will tell you i want/need a bigger model but my little drill press will always have a use and a home in either my shop or my garage. I keep my metal working in the garage.

All in all if you have the room and the cash you will probably be happier purchasing the largest bulkiest machine you can afford, unless you are working on really small pieces.

I’m not a pro by any means, this just my opinion.

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 07:58 PM

G7943 Grizzly bench top drill press is the one I have. Goes very slow if needed . Less than 200 RPM. 154 Pounds. 3/4HP Motor. I like it a lot.

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