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Forum topic by crank49 posted 05-23-2011 05:15 PM 779 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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crank49

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05-23-2011 05:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press question

I want to upgrade my drill press. Been watching Craigs List for several weeks and nothing has shown up so I am thinking about new.

Presently I have a HF benchtop 12” swing, 16 speed, 1/2 hp. Has enough power, but too little room for work, stroke is way too short at 2 3/8”. It would be okay for metal work, but wood work needs more room. There is not enough room between the chuck and the base for a normal drill bit and any workpiece thicker than about 3”.

I have two machines in mind and would like comments and suggestion to help me decide.

#1 is HF 12 speed, 20” production? floor model, with 1 1/2 hp, 150 to 4200 rpm, 3/4” chuck, 4” stroke. This machine weighs 293 lbs and has a big cast iron table with T-slots and a (not needed) lubrication and drain system. This thing is a crude beast, but has the clearances I want. I can get it for around $440, plus tax.

#2 is Delta 12 speed, 16 1/2”swing, 1/2 hp, 250 to 3000 rpm, 5/8” chuck, 3 7/8” stroke. This is a much more finished looking machine with a table designed for wood working; two way tilt, miter slots, removable insert under the drill center for use of accessories like a sanding drum for instance. I can get this machine for about $440, plus tax.

What would any of you other LJs think about these choices. I really have to stay below $500.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.


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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 05:17 PM

Out of those two choices, I’d go with the Delta. Keeping in mind, though, that $500 on Craigslist (with a lot of patience) could land you an absolutely spectacular older machine. I’ve got a cheap Delta benchtop drill press that I can’t really complain about. I put an XYZ vise on it & don’t really use it that often. What can I say, it drills holes in stuff! Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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crank49

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 06:17 PM

Bertha, yes, I know. I had an opportunity last fall to get a Grizzly radial drill press for $450. That was a 800 lb machine where you can raise the whole head up and down the column. Very nice machine, but I had buy a transmision for my wife’s car instead.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 08:19 PM

While I’m not knocking HF, I would go with the Delta for the same money. Reason being is serviceability and parts should you need to make repairs or replace parts down the road. Getting parts sometimes from Central Machine can be difficult a few years down the road of having some of their stuff.

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

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Bertha

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 08:25 PM

Ouch! Radial in your price range. That hurts, but walking hurts worse!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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