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03-08-2018 11:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press metalworking drill press mt3 taper jet jdp-17 pm2800b powermatic drill press j-2550

Well….I’ve been looking for a new drill press to replace my bench top model. I first narrowed it down to the Jet JDP-17 and Powermatic PM2800B. As I do….I’ve been getting discouraged reading different experiences with each and the pros/cons and need/no-need for the bells and whistles.
I know it would be great to find an older delta 17” and call it a day but I want to buy new this time around.
I’ve now started looking at the Jet J-2550 20” machines that are marketed toward their metalworking folks but would work fine for wood, the only thing they don’t have is the light and laser crosshairs. They have the MT3 taper, full cast iron head, and look more solid than the woodworking machines. I’m having a tough time pulling the trigger for a drill press not made for woodworking because that is mainly what I do. Any advice out there from those who have experience with these machines or use a DP similar to the J-2550 for woodworking.


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#1 posted 03-08-2018 11:57 AM

For the price of the PM2800B, you can get the Nova DVR drill press. I have it and is a great drill press.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 12:11 PM



For the price of the PM2800B, you can get the Nova DVR drill press. I have it and is a great drill press.

- Redoak49


It does look like a nice machine but I want to stay with a mechanical machine.

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 12:48 PM

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 12:55 PM

I have had the PowerMatic 2800 for about a year now. It is a first rate unit. One of the things I like about it that I kind of thought of as an unnecessary “bell or whistle” at first is the digital rpm readout and infinitely variable speed. I find this very useful. It allows me to find the perfect speed that doesn’t chatter for whatever I am drilling. I can quickly reset to that speed for the next time I have to drill the same material.
I also like the depth stop. It is positive, repeatable and quick to set. I don’t really use the laser much, it works good though. The LED light also works nice. About the only thing I don’t like about it is that the red lighted rpm gauge stays lit when the saw is plugged in, even when it is off. I keep it unplugged when not in use.
There are a lot of good drill presses out there, but I don’t think you will be disappointed with a PowerMatic, both in use and for resale value.

Edit: I should add that I am not a fan of mechanical infinitely variable speed devices….I have never had or seen one that stayed working properly for very long. I prefer variable speed or geared drive motors. That was a sticking point when I bought this thing, but I took a chance anyway because others all said they had no problems with it.

- msinc

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 01:16 PM



I have had the PowerMatic 2800 for about a year now. It is a first rate unit. One of the things I like about it that I kind of thought of as a unnecessary “bell or whistle” at first is the digital rpm readout and infinitely variable speed. I find this very useful. It allows me to find the perfect speed that doesn t chatter for whatever I am drilling. I can quickly reset to that speed for the next time I have to drill the same material.
I also like the depth stop. It is positive, repeatable and quick to set. I don t really use the laser much, it works good though. The LED light also works nice. About the only thing I don t like about it is that the red lighted rpm gauge stays lit when the saw is plugged in, even when it is off. I keep it unplugged when not in use.
There are a lot of good drill presses out there, but I don t think you will be disappointed with a PowerMatic, both in use and for resale value.

Edit: I should add that I am not a fan of mechanical infinitely variable speed devices….I have never had or seen one that stayed working properly for very long. I prefer variable speed or geared drive motors. That was a sticking point when I bought this thing, but I took a chance anyway because others all said they had no problems with it.

- msinc

- msinc

good to hear. I have a feeling that I’m going to get a lot of people who own a PM2800 and love it.

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