Need reco on vise for Ridgid drill press

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10-03-2010 04:48 PM

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I just got the Ridgid 1550 drill press from the home depot. They had them on sale so I jumped in. I ‘ve been very happy with it but it didn’t have a vise included. I have been using clamps to hold down the pieces and it is very clumsy. I free handed a couple of cuts but my piece ended up being slung into the wall across the shop.

What do you all recommend for a vise or other method that works well on the ridgid?

thanks for your help

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 04:57 PM

Harbor Freight sells a nice little table for about $30.00 that you may find useful or you can make your own.


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#2 posted 10-03-2010 05:07 PM

What are you primarily drilling, wood or metal? If it’s wood, a table similar to the one Abbot mentioned would do the job. For metal, one of these designs should work for you.

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 05:24 PM

a drillpress table is really something you’d need. I made my own:

and blogged it here:

I find that for 99% of my drilling applications (in wood) I only need the Fence to keep the parts from flying away. only rarely do I find the need to clamp anything down (seriously – I can’t remember the last time I clamped anything down)

for metal though, you’d want a nice x-y-z vise for precision work.

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 05:30 PM

Yes, I use one similar to this one but I drill more metal then I do wood on my DP. A good tip is not to bolt this vise to the drill press table. It can be temporarily clamped if need be but it works much better just setting on the table.

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 01:37 AM

As always, thanks for the good advice to all of you. Now that I see it, yes that fence looks exactly right for what I need.


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#6 posted 10-04-2010 02:33 AM

Fence is good… unless you start drilling metal… because with wood, if it binds, it can break a few ribs…. Metal binds.. it becomes a lawnmower blade…. and you’re generally the grass….lol

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 11:09 PM

Drill Press Vise reco, just as the doctor ordered.


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#8 posted 09-21-2011 11:22 PM

I added a Rocker table to mine….

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#9 posted 09-23-2011 05:38 AM

I have been very pleased with my Harbor Freight drill press table.

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#10 posted 09-23-2011 02:23 PM

At the very least get a ViseGrip drill press clamp they work pretty good.

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