1994 Jet 14" Drill Press

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Forum topic by normrep posted 08-02-2012 04:00 PM 2406 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2012 04:00 PM

A neighbor wants to sell his older Jet drill press. It’s a model JDP 14JF purchased in 1994. Wondered if any of you fellows are familiar with a model like this and if there is anything that would be helpful to know in making a decision. It seems like it’s in good shape, but I don’t know how much I should offer for it. I have a pretty simple shop and I’ve never had a drill press, but it sure would come in handy for a lot of things I like to do in wood. If any of you can steer me in the right direction with this, and if you can share your insights on drill presses in general, I would be most appreciative! I’m pretty much starting from scratch….

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 06:55 PM

Jet was making some pretty good tools around that time. They were made in Taiwan and still are, although some are now made in China. I have a Jet TJAS-10 cabinet saw that is 25 years old and is still as good as new. I use it almost every day and have never had a problem with it. Because it is a Jet, I would be confident that the DP is a good one. As far as value is concerned, you would have to compare it to similar DP’s, like Powermatic or Wilton, which btw is part of Jet. Most, if not all the consumer grade DP’s are made in China. Their quality varies and it will take more years before they improve to the point where they can be taken seriously. China has many QC issues until they can get their act together, I usually steer away from anything made in China.

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