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Forum topic by Tom posted 04-27-2017 07:00 PM 503 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2017 07:00 PM

I have a HF benchtop drill press; had it for years and it cost me about $50 new. It’s never been great but was good enough for my projects….but now I’m wanting a bit more precision and think this needs to be replaced. When it’s running the tip of the drill bit wobbles just a bit, with a forstner bit it’s fine but regular bits can drift or cut at an angle into my project. Any recommendations on a better (but not expensive) press? I’ve shopped my local CL for used and people are asking $50 – $150 for small presses like mine and I’m not sure which is good. Any opinions on a brand to shop for? I’m definitely not getting any HF/Ryobi products and am willing to pay for a quality tool.


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#1 posted 04-29-2017 09:13 PM

I bought the Porter Cable floor standing model Lowe’s sells. I paid +- $300. It’s a good value for the $. The wobble is approximately .008 TIR at the tip of the chuck.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 09:45 PM

FWIW, I bought and used my Delta 8in DP for over 21yr BEFORE I finally wised up and went whole hog with a 20in Grizzly DP (roughly $800 delivered). Geez… you wouldn’t believe how many “jigs” I made to get by with less before upgrading! Not kidding!

OK, sure this costs more up front, but what I have really discovered is how much I can use a larger DP on every day projects… IMO, scaling up over time is over-rated. Buy as BIG as you can NOW. Anything less is wasted $$$$ unless you are on your death bed and in your 80-90s. I have finally gotten tired of just “gettin’ by…”. At some point, you too may reach that point. Life is now good for me, now that I made that mental leap. Just sayin’

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#3 posted 04-30-2017 06:37 PM

What I forgot to mention earlier is that with the larger DPs, you can get SLOWER speeds for when using larger forstner bits and hole saw bits. THIS is a very important thing to consider. I burnt up so many bits with my little 2-speed 8in DP,...geez! }8-(

My 20in DP has…Number of speeds: 12 (210, 310, 400, 440, 630, 670, 1260, 1430, 1650, 2050, 2350, 3300 RPM)

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#4 posted 04-30-2017 07:06 PM


, with a forstner bit it s fine but regular bits can drift or cut at an angle into my project.
- Tom

My guess is your regular bits are not straight enough.

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#5 posted 04-30-2017 11:34 PM

.008 wobble would be great…mine has a .375 wobble. With a forstner bit it stops once in the work but whit a normal bit it’s a mess. I don’t really have room for another floor tool so I’d be looking into a benchtop model. I figure a 12” would be a good size. Just have to save some $$ for one…and keep checking CL to see if something comes up.

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#6 posted 05-01-2017 01:45 AM

A general misconception. With a bench top drill press you have two choises:
1. Leave it on the bench, which will make the bench unusable for most other tasks.
2. Make a dedicated small bench, which will take more space than a floor drill press.

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#7 posted 05-01-2017 02:09 AM

My bench is 3 feet deep and 8 feet long. Space on it isn’t an issue. Got it from a former employer that was downsizing and it was being tossed out. Even has a small shelf underneath that stores…We’ll I’m not sure what is there.

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