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01-12-2017 09:49 PM

Looking to add a drill press to my workshop. Thoughts on this drill press?
I’m just a hobbyist so I don’t need anything super expensive.


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#1 posted 01-12-2017 10:08 PM

I don’t see a picture or a link? I can’t help with input on any drill presses but more info would help those who can.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 10:17 PM

Doesn’t look like much to me… ;)

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 10:59 PM

Wow … that’s more minimal than mine …
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 12:54 AM

now that is low tech, go for it

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 12:54 AM

now that is low tech, go for it

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 03:04 AM

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#7 posted 01-13-2017 03:29 AM

About the same as HF. Spend a little more now and get a decent drillpress.

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#8 posted 01-13-2017 03:38 AM



About the same as HF. Spend a little more now and get a decent drillpress.

- papadan

recommendations?

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#9 posted 01-13-2017 06:11 AM

Here’s a nice jet under 400. http://www.sears.com/jet-716000-1-2-hp-12-in-drill-press/p-SPM7773461828?plpSellerId=CPO Outlets&prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6

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#10 posted 01-13-2017 06:19 AM

how does the craftsman 10” DP rate

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#11 posted 01-13-2017 12:15 PM

I have to disagree. I have the 12” C-man and it’s a good machine. The laser junk is worthless, but that’s true of any DP with the same system. Unless you never move the table and always have the same thickness stock, the position of the cross-hairs changes due to parallax. So ignore the laser part.

The reason I bought the DP to begin with is because the runout was the best of any <$500 consumer grade model I could find. The speed range is good enough for wood and most metal jobs although, as with any cheaper DP, belt changes is kinda tedious. All-in-all though, after having it for almost 3 years, I’m still glad I bought it and would recommend it for the price.

Of course, it isn’t perfect. I hate the travel stop but it seems most consumer grade benchtop models are made with the same radial stop system. The quill return spring on mine broke after about a year and I had to replace it but I haven’t read anything about that being a common ailment. The table is relatively solid but it’s too small to suit most woodworkers so you’re probably gonna want to make or buy an auxiliary table but that’s the case with most any press you find.

It’s definitely not the best DP in the world but at the price point, if I was buying another press, I’d buy this one again.

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#12 posted 01-13-2017 12:28 PM

I have had my 8in. Craftsman DP for +25yr. It still works well, BUT about 4yr ago I broke down and finally purchased a 20in. Grizzly Floor Model DP. Having said that… I DO NOT understand why I put off buying a properly sized DP for so long.

I spent so many, Dxxmn many, years just ”...putting up with…” my too-small DP, I almost get sick thinking about it.

LESSON LEARNED: Buy as large a DP as you can EVER afford, and never look back. Don’t spend decades regretting buying TOO SMALL. Think at least 17in. to 20in. and make sure that your lowest speed is ~200rpm or less (very important for large bits).

That is just my opinion.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 01-13-2017 12:42 PM

My opinion echoes Horizontal Mike’s. I used a small benchtop press for several years before purchasing a full size Delta at an auction. No comparison is capabilities and performance and not enough difference in cost to justify the frustration.

Biggest thing I see underestimated is the need for slower speeds. Having the capability to go down to 250 rpm or less is essential for larger bits and some metal working. Too many people think they’ll be able to “get away’ with running those bits at faster speeds, but it’s just a recipe for disaster.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 01-13-2017 12:57 PM

what about this if I wanted to go with a floor model

https://www.lowes.com/pd/PORTER-CABLE-8-Amp-12-Speed-Floor-Drill-Press/1000132463

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