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Forum topic by Kinbaum posted 04-13-2011 06:39 PM 1632 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2011 06:39 PM

I have being doing some research on purchasing a new drill press. I have narrowed it down to two JET models:

JDP-17MF, 16-1/2” Floor Drill Press, 5/8” Capacity, 3/4HP, 16 Speed


JDP-17DX – 17” Drill Press

There is no difference in the motors, however the 17DX has a laser and a larger cast iron work table with miter slots. The 17MF however has a fully tiltable work table.

It appears that the 17DX is an older model and is becoming more difficult to find….There are still some websites that have them but the 17MF is in stock everywhere. I am leaning towards the 17DX due to the laser and large work table. Most likely the size of the work table will not matter cause you can make your own.

I would just like to know everyones opinion of which one of the two you would choose and why?

I do appreciate the feedback.

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 07:26 PM

Just my opinion:
The laser craze does not attract me. I’ve seen too many that seem to be only an approximate marker. Not “tight” enough to make me trust them. I don’t even use my scale on the TS when making exact cuts. Just too much old school in my brain I guess.


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#2 posted 04-13-2011 08:10 PM

I just bought hte JPD-10 drillpress and i am very happy with that. I suport Bill about the laserthing. Jet is semiproffesionell and even on the real proff drill press or any other machine i wont trust the laser. Both of the machines you have looked at is there wery much “height” and if you dont need that,then take a look at the jpd10. I am very satisfied with that one :)

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 08:38 PM

My drill press was built during the Eisenhower administration, so I can’t speak from experience on the laser feature. However, the laser in my opinion, is an answer to a question that was never asked. I really see no value in it. But again, thats just my opinion.
Table size is important; sort of. But like you said, most people seem to install an auxilary table anyway. The 17MF has a circular table, which I’d find a little bit annoying, but could easily work around.
Both have 4 3/8 spindle travel which is choice.

I dunno, either would get the job done in my shop…..and then some. Price would probably be my tie breaker.

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 10:40 PM

There is an aftermarket laser add-on for drill presses. I looked at one once and in the end decided that since its a general marker and not precise there was no point in buying it. I feel the same about having one built into a drill press.

When I needed a drill press I searched around craigslist till I found an old walker turner drill press and purchased it. The machine needed work and I took it all apart and put it back together again with new bearings. I had a lot of fun doing it and my floor model drill press ended up costing me about 200 dollars. If you don’t have time to do something like that then I’d go for the JPD since there seems to be no real advantage to buying the newer model other then a bigger table which you don’t seem too fired up about and a laser which you can only use as an estimating tool.

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