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Forum topic by Rayman24 posted 08-07-2012 05:56 AM 1259 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2012 05:56 AM

I’m looking to purchase a Floor drill press…and have a budget of about $400.00. What Models would you suggest i look at, keeping in mind im more of a weekend hobbiest than a professional. All advice is welcome, and appreciated.

-- Rayman24

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 10:27 AM

The only tool I ever bought from Harbor Freight that was any good was a very inexpensive 16-speed 1hp floor drill press that can be wired for either 120 or 240v. I have had one for 15 years or so, I still use it daily, and it has been very satisfactory. If I were making the purchase over again and cost were no object, I would get a better one with a longer stroke variable speed, but that would be far outside your budget. An alternative wold be to seek a good used one.

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 10:54 AM

Lowes sells a Porter Cable DP for $299. Most reviews are favorable. I’ve looked at it a time or two and it seems pretty solid. Go to your local post office and get a “New Neighbor” envelope which typically has a 10% off Lowes coupon.
Otherwise, I think craigslist would be the best place to find a good DP within your price range.

General guidelines I’d follow if I were buying a DP:
- Quill travel: Make sure its at least 3”. More would be better.
- Table: Bigger is better.
- Table Lift: A rack/pinion table lift system is crucial. I have an ancient Craftsman DP w/o this feature. Raising/lowering a table by hand sucks…... a lot.
- Variable Speed: Having the ability to acheive very low speeds (ie 300-400 rpms) is beneficial when using large hole saws.

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 11:01 AM

I bought a HF 12 speed, one year old, on Craig list for $100.00 and it works very well for me.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 11:14 AM

+1 on the porter cable.
I looked long and hard at that and the ridgid, and only ended up with the ridgid because I got it for $211.

The PC has 4” of quill travel, a small table but if you have a drill press you should have an auxiliary table. There’s plenty on LJ for ideas; it need not be complicated. Usually the most complicated part is figuring out how to mount it to the table. I’m 99% sure most, if not all drill presses made nowadays have a crank operated rack and pinion height adjustment. The PC has 12 speeds, 300-3100.
I think it’s the best press out there for under $300.

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

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 12:13 PM

Craigslist/Kijiji………..not much can go wrong on a drill press and the technology hasn’t changed much in 40 years.

Save a bundle, buy used, use the balance to buy drill bits / fostners / etc

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 12:42 PM

i have to floor models….if i had to buy would b a radial drill press with the tilting head..a friend has one an i use it sometimes…still plan on getting one …saving up… shop fox..

norther tool an equipment…$329 radial press…picture to with the money left buy u a good set of forsner bits..the hole set! good ones not the lcheepOs


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#7 posted 08-07-2012 08:50 PM

If you buy floor models or a used one the most important thing is to check the run out with a dial indicator. YOu want to check it at several different points of extension. Push on it, pull on it and so on..

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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