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Forum topic by TimmyP posted 12-27-2011 07:23 PM 1310 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2011 07:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press

I’m thinking of getting a Delta floor model drill press (model 17-959L or 17-950L). I was wondering if anybody has either of these models, and what you think of them. The prime differences between them is the 959 has a 3/4 HP motor, and a stroke of 4-7/8”; the 950L has a 1/2 HP model, and a stroke of 3-7/8”. Price difference is about $170 bucks, not counting shipping costs.

If anybody has either of these machines, would love to hear you opinion.


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#1 posted 12-27-2011 10:59 PM

I’d go for the 959 for the longer stroke and bigger motor, two of the most important features in a drill press IMHO.

If you can save the extra cash for it, the delta 18-900L is the one I’d get. I have a ridgid 15” press and love it, but when I can afford it I want the delta.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 07:19 PM

That looks like a nice machine, but I sort of set a limit of around 700 bucks, maybe 750. Don’t wanna break the bank! Yeah, I’m thinking of getting the 959, for the very reasons you state. Since I’m such a cheapskate,I usually try to buy a smaller machine, then expect it to perform like a larger one.

Which model Rigid do you have?

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 08:37 PM

I have the DP1551; the same one they’re selling now at the inflated price of $499.
I paid $219 for mine after a rebate and hf coupon.

The 18-900 would be a luxury for me, but I really like the design.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 11:03 PM

For what it’s worth, I wound buying the Delta 18-900L last year. It’s a big machine, alright! So far, I’ve only used it with a wire brush wheel, to clean up the rust off a lantern-type candleholder. I wrote a rather lengthy review on it at Amazon.com (where I bought it), and I posted a video there…I also have a longer, more complete video, that because of its size, I can’t upload to Amazon, but would be willing to share with anyone who is interested.

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 11:28 PM

I have a 900L myself… It replaced a 12” benchtop I used for ~ 15 years.

The two reasons I sprung for it were:
- 6” quill travel
- LOW slowest speed

In my eyes, for woodworking, a SLOOOOW lowest speed and the most quill travel I can get are why I have a drill press.

If I were limited to the other Delta’s, I’d probably save money and get a Grizzly or Jet. In my eyes, there’s nothing besides paint color that differentiates those machines from other imports.

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 12:56 PM

Congrats! You got a great press. :-)
I’d love to see the full video.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 06-25-2013 05:13 PM

It sounds like an awesome DP…but does anyone know what the current status of Delta is? Are they shipping parts yet?
Mike

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#8 posted 06-29-2013 07:10 PM

Moke, I needed some parts for my DP, and it took a couple of months, but the parts arrived. Unfortunately, they were the laser units for the wrong side of the drill press!! I didn’t bother trying to go through the whole process again.

Here’s the longer video I made of my drill press (that is, if I can figure out how to upload it).

Ok, I’ll have to get back to this video thing, as I see it needs to be uploaded to an outside source.

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#9 posted 06-29-2013 09:46 PM

I’m with Moke. I’ve been away from woodworking for quite a while and I’m trying to get back in was really shocked when I went to Delta’s website to only find next to nothing. Are they restructuring, going out of business or what. I mean one lathe, one bandsaw, etc. I used to get their catalog every year and it was like over 1/2” thick 15-20 years ago.

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 05:38 PM

I have a lot of Delta stuff and have attended the “sale” where the reps used to be….they do not come anymore and I hear lots of horror stories…and lots of opinions…I hope they get it back together soon.
While Delta has made klinker or two it was generally good stuff!!

I can’t imagine a DP needing a lot of parts, but it is certainly something to consider
Mike

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