HF 12 Speed Benchtop Drill Press

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Forum topic by Richard posted 06-20-2011 11:12 PM 1467 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2011 11:12 PM

I am looking to get a benchtop drill press and wondered if anyone has this one from HF and if it is worth the price (I can get $20 off with my coupn) I don’t need a DP very often and don’t have room for a floor model since it has to be stored in the Apt when not being used. Also I don’t see needing more than 2” or 3” travel so this should fit my needs. I have looked on Craigs list and every thing I looked at needs more work to fix than is worth the price.

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 11:33 PM

I have one of those in my shop. Got it about a year ago on sale and with a coupon for around $89. I hate it. I just ordered the bigger 16 speed, 3/4 hp bench top with inside track membership and a coupon for just under $145. I’m going to get a sanding drum and a bigger work table and install them on the 12 speed so it is not a total loss.

PRO: The 12 speed has plenty of power. Distance from spindle to column is ok. Light enough to move in and out of storage if needed.

CON: Distance from Chuck to table is terrible. With a 3/4” bradpoint drill bit in the chuck and the table in its lowest position you can barely fit a 4” workpiece under the drill.
- Doesn’t really matter, though, because with a 2 1/8” stroke, it can’t drill through a 4” workpiece anyway.
- Light weight makes for a less stable workstation.

I don’t know why I didn’t think about how limiting this would be before I got it. The bigger 16 speed machine has 16” between the chuck and table and a 3 1/8” stroke. I would rather have more stroke, like 4”, but that requires at least a $400 machine and I can’t afford that now.

If a person only used the drill for metal work, the short stroke is probably not that much of a limit.
If money were not an issue I would rather have a floor mounted, stationary machine. Some day I hope to catch a deal on Craigs List and have a 300 lb, 6” stroke, variable speed 1 hp drill press. woof woof

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 12:22 AM

crank49 , the short stroke should not be an issue for me as I don’t see needing more than 1 1/2” depth of cut for now. If and when I get a real shop a floor model will be on the top of the list, right after a TS.

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 12:24 AM

Thsi is a great drill press it has served me very well fro about 6 years now I think I have a pic of it in my shop pics. I would get it all over again if I had too or even get two. Sorry there is a bad part to it the top rattles when you have it turned on but I’ve dealt with that in my own way, just open it I figure you have to change the speeds from the belts anyway by opening the top so just leave it open if you can or put something heavy on top and call it a day no big deal.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 12:34 AM

I don’t think the rattle would bother me as much as leaving the top off, I got smacked with a belt from my dads DP a long time ago and never left the top off again.

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