|Forum topic by crank49||posted 05-23-2011 05:15 PM||795 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-23-2011 05:15 PM
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.