|Forum topic by Paul Stoops||posted 04-12-2012 10:40 PM||2380 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-12-2012 10:40 PM
I am thinking of replacing my bench top drill press with another tool suitable for both drill press operations and light milling operations. Typically, drill presses aren’t designed for side loading of the spindle. Even if the chuck doesn’t come off of its taper, the spindle bearings aren’t usually designed for side loading.
I have been considering replacing my bench top drill press with a small mill-drill, such as the HF model or the upgraded ones available from LittleMachineShop.com or Grizzly. Altho the price of such equipment is a little steep, it is doable. I only have room for one piece of equipment, so it seems I need to decide between a heavy duty drill press (which could be a floor model) or a small mill-drill. The new Delta and Powermatic DP’s have some nice features.
It seems to me that the largest drawbacks to the mill-drill option are 1) reduced throat depth and 2) reduced quill travel (altho I think that can be offset somewhat by moving the whole head down and doing a deeper hole in two stages).
I do mostly woodworking, but occasionally I (reluctantly…... :-) ) do some metalworking when necessary. Some of the mill-drill features are also very attractive, like electronic variable speed, precision part postiioning, etc.
So, whatcha think, folks? Have any of you been to the same Y in the road?? If so, which way did you go? And why? I would also be interested in anyone’s experience with light milling on a heavy duty drill press. Any recommendations out there? I would appreciate hearing about your experiences or thoughts on the matter.
Look forward to hearing from y’all…............ :-)
-- Paul, Auburn, WA