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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-14-2017 09:10 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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01-14-2017 09:10 PM

Hi, I want to get a drill press maybe later a band saw but where I live there are only 2 option, harbor frieght and sears I don’t trust harbor frieght and don’t like the craftsman. I have never ordered a machine on line before is it wise, I have seen a couple but am warry. what are your thoughts


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#1 posted 01-14-2017 09:20 PM

online ordering is no big deal anymore, but Sears has a decent deal on a Jet benchtop DP you could look at.

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#2 posted 01-14-2017 09:37 PM

I order online all the time. I got a HF drill press and it works ok so far but one the thing they didn’t say that the smallest drill bit it would tighten down on was 1/4” so I either had disassemble it and ship it back on my dime or buy a better chuck for it so I bought another chuck for it. You might also check out Grizzly tools

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 09:41 PM

thanks I will check out sears but if is the one I was looking at its to fast, and I have been hearing that they are not as reliable as they have been. I bought a low end tsable saw and later found out that the miter slots are substandard so I caN’T BUY OR BUILD jigs with standard parts thanks Mike

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 09:57 PM

Don’t hesitate to buy online. Research the drill press to determine what fits your requirements and pocketbook. There are many reputable sources for machinery.

BTW, a good example of buying online is computers. I am sitting here with two machines, a Dell and a Maingear. Both bought online without a hitch. If they can get a computer to your house undamaged, it can easily be done with a drill press.

One final thought. Have you checked out Craigslist to see if there are any used machines available nearby?

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#5 posted 01-15-2017 12:20 AM

I was thinking more in lines of getting a faulty product. I don’t want to buy used inthe past I found I am not a good judge of used machinery

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#6 posted 01-15-2017 04:50 AM

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#7 posted 01-15-2017 05:26 AM

How is that price compared to HF? A lot of people buy stuff from there and try and make a profit. Remember there are 20% off everywhere for HF.

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#8 posted 01-15-2017 05:30 AM

How is that price compared to HF? A lot of people buy stuff from there and try and make a profit. Remember there are 20% off everywhere for HF.

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#9 posted 01-15-2017 05:38 AM

I also have the hf drill press, added a 20.00 chuck. Works great.

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#10 posted 01-15-2017 06:29 AM

I can’t compare HF because it was a surprise, it out of town and we havn’t been up there for over a year. I saw the DPs but decided after I sold a couple knifes why not. Browsing ebay this one has more speeds than other 10” DPs and a little more amperage. and lower slow speeds

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#11 posted 01-15-2017 02:05 PM

I suggest that you look seriously at Grizzly. They have great products, a good pricing structure, excellent customer service and they are very experienced in shipping machinery. I have a 3 hp cabinet saw, a helical head joiner and a large floor model oscillating spindle sander that I bought from them and had shipped to me with no problems. Good reliable equipment at a fair price. Good Luck, Work Safely and Have Fun!

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#12 posted 01-15-2017 03:37 PM

Don’t be afraid of Grizzly online. I ordered and got the 20in. DP less than 2yr ago. I ended up picking it up at the UPS terminal because I live on a steep hill, so I could not do the tailgate drop-off. Not a problem for me because I have an I-Beam in my shop to attach a hoist. I probably could have slid the crate off the tailgate, but standing it up would have been difficult. BTW, it runs GREAT! Good luck on what you decide to do…

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

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#13 posted 01-15-2017 04:25 PM

I am surprised there are no Lowes or Home Depot located close to you since you said there is a Harbor Freight close by. Lowes sells a pretty good Porter Cable DP for about $300, and many of their stores have them in stock. Home Depot carries manyy better quality power tools, such as Delta, which you can order online, but have them shipped either to your home or a nearby store. And if you have to return it, you can return it to a store.

The only problem with ordering online from a vendor with no nearby stores is if it is defective and have to return it. But if you order from a reputable vendor, like Amazon, they will pay the return shipping.

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#14 posted 01-15-2017 04:28 PM

Grizzly! I have purchased a baby drill press and dust collector and I love them both

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