Drill Press/ Bandsaw Suggestions needed for a Jr. High wood shop

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Forum topic by bscur posted 07-28-2011 10:09 PM 1723 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2011 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw drill press question

I am taking over a wood shop class at a junior high and I am going to pick up a few tools. I am looking for a reliable bandsaw and drill press. Any suggestions on which models will last and are affordable? Nothing fancy is needed, just durability and price.

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#1 posted 07-28-2011 10:13 PM

I’d put out a call to your community for machine donations.

Lots of decent bandsaws and drill presses languish unused
in garages.

That said, in a school shop you might want a bandsaw with
a magnetic switch and a foot brake. You’ll find these on
larger newer bandsaws from European and Asian factories.

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 08:05 AM

Try to find an old Shopsmith on eBay some can be had for a few $100 or even less depending on condition and location. This would also give you a lathe and disk sander.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 01:51 PM

Check out the Grizzly bandsaws. Mine has been pretty good so far (not the best but the best for the price). I don’t know how they would hold up in a junior high shop but mine is holding up good so far at home. As far as drill press, I am looking for one myself. The Powermatic seems to be #1 but it also has a #1 price of about $1000. The 18’’ Delta looks really nice to but I didn’t see enough difference in the 18’’ and 17” Delta to warrant the price difference. I don’t know what kind of budget you have been given but check craigslist. I have seen a lot of bandsaws and drillpresses on there lately.

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 03:26 PM

17” Delta drill press, 14” bandsaw theris are a lot of choices grizzly extreme, rikon deluxe, jet and delta any of those will be fine. You could raid the high school shop if it is like the high school I teach at they have dropped industrial arts. I still maintain a prototype shop but several machines go unused.

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 07:59 PM

Safety is going to be of prime concern. Check They specialize with tools intended for school environments.

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 11:43 PM

wow… when i took wood shop in jr high it was all handsaws, chisels, and drills on those big crank-looking things. didn’t trust us with power tools until high school. my how times have changed! lol

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#7 posted 07-30-2011 01:58 AM

Having been recently diagnosed with “workshop blues” on another thread, I look back and put part of the blame my Jr high wood shop teacher! Us girls knew, if we just stayed out of the teachers way and let him show the boys how to make stuff, we would pass the class and get that elective credit we needed!

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