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Forum topic by will delaney posted 03-02-2012 06:13 PM 517 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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will delaney

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03-02-2012 06:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question drill press

I know this question has been asked before but I was unable to find a good thread in the search. I’m looking to buy a floor drill press in the $500 and under price, mostly under. What has your experiences been with buying or owning your DP? I know it not the most used or popular tool in the shop but I have a few project that I’m working on that require a straight holes. Thanks for your help. Will


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#1 posted 03-02-2012 06:19 PM

I was able to buy an old 1950s Craftsman floor made by KingSeely. It was in excellent condition, and is built like Gibralter. Paid $150.00 for it and some accessories.
It is a floor model, and I suggest that I ya have room.
Look for some old stock.
Just a thought.
Bill

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 06:26 PM

Quality is all over the place in imported and vintage drill presses. I
can say for sure that the Shopsmith is a very good drill press
for woodworking for a couple of reasons, but the height adjustment
of the table is a bit awkward.

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 06:26 PM

I ditto bill’s recommendation. I’ve owned a Craftsman since the 70’s. It’s a big hunk of metal that drills straight and true. If it runs and there isn’t any arbor wear so it drills straight and doesn’t wobble then it’s good.

The only thing I wish it had and back then many drill presses didn’t have them was the crank on the table to move it up and down the post. My table still moves but you’ve got to wrestle with it and then tighten a locking lever. I find myself moving the table up and down often and the rack and pinion gear crank would be nice. I’d say that for a stand alone model (as opposed to a bench model) that would be a real necessity… almost a deal breaker when I got one. BTW, tilting it at an angle isn’t a feature that is that useful from my perspective.

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