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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 11-24-2010 09:30 PM 2967 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2010 09:30 PM

All right – have been looking for a new drill press and I found this in my e-mail – what is lumberjocks thoughts on this model of drill press -

JET 354173 JDP-17DX, 3/4 HP 17-in 16-Speed Floor Mount Drill Press,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=jet-3000-hour-drilling-and-mortising-sale

Please give your thoughts on this item – Thanks

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 09:34 PM

Before you buy give the Ridgid Drill Press at Home Depot a look. We have had excellent service with ours and it has a lifetime warranty.

Good Luck.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 10:21 PM

I have the Jet JDP-17MF drill press which is really similar to that model. Its a great press with plenty of power, the long spindle travel is a nice feature. One of my favorite things about the drill press is the location of the work light. It is right behind the spindle inside the casing of the machine. The location allows for nice illumination of the workpiece without any awkward shadows. Belt changes for speeds can be slightly troublesome but overall isn’t a terrible task. Overall I’m very pleased with the drill press and it does everything I ask from it. What ever model you decide on be sure to build a drill press table designed for woodworking. It will allow you to hold the work very stable, that 3/4 hp motor will violently whip a workpiece around if it gets caught in a bit.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 10:23 PM

Everyone has there own likes and dislikes. Take a look at the one that Grizzly offers—It has a head that rotates 360 vertically and horizontally and rides forward and back on a 30 inch rail. I have had great sucess with it and have found it sets up for any kind of drilling. It is called their radial drill press.—and comes in both a bench and floor model.

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 10:54 PM

As DrewM said it does have a longer spindle travel than most I’ve looked at, which can be a big plus. The 3/4 hp motor should handle your drilling needs for wood or metal. Another feature I noticed as well is it can be set up left or right handed a big plus if your a lefty. If I were interested in this model I wouldn’t be afraid to purchase it.
Woodcraftertom, I also have that same drill press, and don’t think I could own a standard drill press. But as you said to each their own.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 11-25-2010 06:46 AM

Hi – your proposed purchase certainly has plenty of grunt. I love the large table on it. If you go to Lumberjocks ‘Reviews’ there is a piece on the Porter cable 15” PCB660DP that you might find interesting

I have a Jet JDR-34F radial drill press (Floor mount 1/2HP)) – it has 5 speeds and I have only ever used 2 speeds. But the radial arm feature is great – very versatile. It has a 12” diam table that is a bit small but with a shop made table it is fine. I am more than happy with the Jet products ( I also run a Jet 18” bandsaw).

Happy shopping,


-- Wallace,Ozzzzzzzz

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 08:19 PM

Is the spindle housing on this machine cast iron or cast aluminum (the main housing that the spindle goes up and down in ) Thanks !!!!

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 10:31 PM

cast iron

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#8 posted 11-26-2010 11:31 PM

Thanks, woodcraftertom

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 12:38 AM

As Always Jet makes great tools, but the only problem with this drill press is that the woodworkers table does not turn all directions. I would look at the Delta model 17-950L.
Just my 2 cents…..

Thanks,Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#11 posted 12-24-2013 05:03 AM

I have an opportunity to purchase a used jdp-17mf for $300. Used to own one years ago.
Still have the mortising attachment from my previous. Do the attachments still fit the new ones?
I have also seen complaints of vibration issues. Anyone want to help. My old ones lid vibrated but a little weatherstrip stopped it.
Thank you for your input.

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 11:26 PM

I have the Delta and have been very happy. got it at woodcraft about a year ago. Great machine, lots of features (Large table, four axis rotation, easy speed change, lasers, worklight, and more.

-- Brian, Western MA

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#13 posted 12-29-2013 02:59 AM

My preference would be Grizzly over a Jet!!
One thing I use a lot on my Atlas floor model is the quill lock. Most new drill presses don’t have one. Also, I use a foot pedal which keeps both hand free so I don’t need one to stop it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 12-29-2013 03:47 AM

I also have the Delta and it’s a great DP. I really like the table tilt and movement, as well as the long quill travel. I also like that it goes slow enough to use the bigger drill bits and for metal working.

-- Earl

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