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Forum topic by indychips posted 706 days ago 2131 views 0 times favorited 74 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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indychips

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706 days ago

Yesterday, my Crapsman 12 in bench drill press motor sparked and tripped the breaker. Reset the breaker, turned on the drill press, sparked and tripped the breaker again. Dont know what happened, it has been running great. Checked the price of a new motor, I might as well buy a new drill press for that money.

So my question, whats a good bench top drill press with at least a 3in quill travel, for $150-$200? Or does someone know of a good deal on a floor model for under $200? Right now my budget wont allow anything more than $200. Thanks


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Tedstor

1369 posts in 1218 days


#1 posted 706 days ago

I’d personally haunt craigslist for an older floor model. I’m not really sure $150-200 would buy much on the new market.

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Lifesaver2000

501 posts in 1697 days


#2 posted 706 days ago

If the motor is the only problem, and you are happy otherwise with the machine, I do have a couple other ideas to suggest.

I go to flea markets and pawn shops in my area fairly often, and it is common to find small electric motors that might be usable for a drill press for a really cheap price, often under $25. If they will demonstrate that the motor works and you are comfortable enough working on that type of thing yourself, that is one alternative.

Also, if you have any industry in your area, there might be an electrical shop that can rebuild the motor. Last time we had to have one done at my old job I was amazed at how cheap it was, under $20 for a much bigger motor than what a drill press uses. That was several years ago though, before copper prices skyrocketed, but since they can sell the old windings for scrap the price difference might not be that much more than it used to be. Of course prices on this type thing can vary widely in different regions.

Just a couple other ideas that might save a few dollars, if they would work for your situation.

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dhazelton

1152 posts in 882 days


#3 posted 706 days ago

Did you try a different 20 amp circuit? Sometimes GFCI outlets crap out (if there’s one downstream from your DP), breakers fail, etc. I’d definitely try a different outlet first or swap out the breaker before buying a new DP and having the same thing happen.

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indychips

17 posts in 726 days


#4 posted 706 days ago

I dont believe its the GFI, i run my lathe and table saw on the same outlet with no issues. I have even run my drill press on a different circuit with same results.

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Loren

7160 posts in 2233 days


#5 posted 706 days ago

I’d recommend bypassing the switch and testing the motor
under no load. You can take it into a motor shop and
they will be able to tell you yea of nay and maybe sell
you a used motor. You don’t need a powerful motor
for a drill press and old washer/dryer motors are common.
I have 2 or 3 kicking around myself – they are too weak
for most woodworking but ideal for a drill.

Some months ago I found a generic-badged version
of the Jet JDP-12 for under $100 on Craigslist. I
wouldn’t pay what the Jet costs but for the money
it is a capable little machine. The weak point is
likely the pot metal castings for the reeves variable
speed drive. Some lathes with reeves drives are known
for being troublesome.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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NiteWalker

2640 posts in 1162 days


#6 posted 706 days ago

Save a tiny bit more, get a mover’s coupon from lowe’s, and get the porter cable 15 inch floor model. It’s the best press for under $300. Had I not caught the ridgid on sale for $211 I would have went for the PC.

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

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RibsBrisket4me

1376 posts in 1090 days


#7 posted 706 days ago

I have the Ridgid Orange DP…..got it when it was $225 and I love it.

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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dhazelton

1152 posts in 882 days


#8 posted 706 days ago

Gotta be a short in the motor housing or switch. I’d take it apart, nothing to lose. But it sounds like you want a new toy. I paid $60 for a big old 1940s Delta DP220. BUT I wish I had a unit with a crank up table. I’d make sure to get that feature at least.

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Tedstor

1369 posts in 1218 days


#9 posted 706 days ago

”BUT I wish I had a unit with a crank up table. I’d make sure to get that feature at least.”

Tru-dat’!!
I have a 60 yo Craftsman DP that won’t die. It works too well to replace, but it doesn’t have a crank-up table…....which sucks.

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Howie

2656 posts in 1508 days


#10 posted 706 days ago

I have a ridgid. Been very happy with it.

-- Life is good.

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NiteWalker

2640 posts in 1162 days


#11 posted 705 days ago

I mentioned the PC over the ridgid because home depot raised the price of the ridgid to $499.

It’s a nice dp, but not $500 nice. In that range I’d be looking towards the jet JDP17DX.

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

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knotscott

5354 posts in 1960 days


#12 posted 705 days ago

I’d start by checking for a suitable used motor, or possibly a new replacement motor from HF.

If that doesn’t pan out, I’ve actually been quite happy with the HF Central Machinery 38142 13” benchtop DP. I don’t often recommend HF tools, but this one has definitely exceeded expectations for a DP in this price range.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Matt Przybylski

431 posts in 963 days


#13 posted 705 days ago

I’m in the same boat except I’m upgrading over the HF 5 speed bench model because it’s just too underpowered for me. As Scott mentioned (and I contacted him about it, actually) I’m looking at the HF heavy duty benchtop DP and have since yesterday started to consider the floor model (which seems to be the exactly same thing just taller). You can get it for around $180 with the 20% coupon and from what I’ve read so far they’ve gotten good reviews.

I also looked at the PC from lowes and the ridgid from HD. The ridgid is a nice machine but as others mentioned not $500 nice.mthe PC would probably be what I’d get otherwise but even with 10% movers coupon it’s $270. The manager at HF is letting me return my drill press for store credit which will be used for the new one and I have some jointer knives to return there as well so ill be getting the new press for around $120. I know thats not your situation but even at just the 20% coupon it’s worth it.

Apologies for any spelling errors, typing on the iPad.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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NiteWalker

2640 posts in 1162 days


#14 posted 705 days ago

The HF 38142 is one of their gems, a great press.
If it’s capabilities suit your needs, go for it.

I know they catch a lot of flak, but HF has excellent customer service.

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

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TheDane

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#15 posted 705 days ago

I have been reallly happy with the MasterForce 12” drill press I bought at Menards last year.

Everything in the review I posted 8 months ago ( http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2509 ) still stands.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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