Problem with table & track movement on Ridgid Drill Press DP1550

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Forum topic by sumocomputers posted 07-31-2012 05:04 PM 1388 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2012 05:04 PM

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I have a Ridgid Drill Press DP1550 I bought from Home Depot back in 2009.

I wanted to know if this problem I have is just a design issue or something that is a defect. Also interested in any fixes you might have tried.

The problem is that when you loosen the table in order to crank it up or down, the gear track moves from side to side a little bit, which of course can screw up the alignment of the drill to the center of the table. This can be a problem especially with a drill press table/fence.

I did see one guy that used a 3” hose clamp to clamp the geared track to the main column, and I think this was to address the same issue I am having.

Just a note about the collar with set screw at the top of the geared track; mine doesn’t keep the track from moving side to side. Is it supposed to?

Any thoughts on this issue or the hose clamp fix? I can post a video if it helps to describe the problem.



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#1 posted 07-31-2012 05:12 PM

It is supposed to move so you can move the table side to side. To increase accuracy you can scribe a vertical line on the column and put a mark on the collar that connects to the table to align them after movement.

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 05:27 PM


Not trying to be dense, but the movement from side to side is very little, so what purpose would that serve? I think the table has a separate adjustment for actually rotating on a couple of axes.

I think once I get my Woodpecker table and fence installed and centered, I will make a scribe, and then also use a clamp as long as I have the table installed.

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 05:42 PM

I have the same drill press and mine works the same way but I think that allowing the track to move is intentional. Suppose you wanted to end drill a piece of long stock by rotating the table to vertical and then clamping the stock to it. You would have to be able to rotate around the column so you could get the table off-center under the chuck (and thereby center the end of the stock under the chuck). While this does mean that the table center will move a little whenever you raise or lower it, I solved this issue by adding an aftermarket laser sight for about $40 and that allows me to rapidly recenter the table after adjusting the height.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 06:13 PM


Which Laser sight did you end up getting, and do you really like it?

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 06:45 PM

I have that d/p and mine moves too. Never paid that much attention to it.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 07:52 PM

I guess I was thinking that once I get a table/fence installed, I would want to take care of the back/forth & side to side with the table/fence, and only use the drill press to go up/down (without affecting the other 2 axes).

I am going to give the hose clamp & laser a try and see if it does what I need.

Thanks for all the input so far.


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#7 posted 07-31-2012 08:36 PM

I also have that drill press, and mine moves too. It’s supposed to; it’s for when you need to swing the table out of the way for specific drilling operations.
If you use an auxiliary table, if you scribe a center line on it you can simply align the bit to that when raising or lowering the table. Works like a charm, and cheaper than a laser.

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

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 08:50 PM

@sumocomputers: I ended up getting the Woodriver laser from Woodcraft. I am still very happy with it. Alignment was fairly straightforward and once it was done, it stayed in alignment even when we moved from Florida to Hawaii. It’s been almost 3 years since I got it and I’m still on the original batteries. I did a review of the DP with laser when I got it so you can see at least an image of how the laser presents itself in use.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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