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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 12-20-2012 09:31 AM 3188 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2012 09:31 AM

As with most glittery and twinkling tool gizmos which catch my eye from time to time and I seriously considering purchasing this one.

Despite my interest I have some reservations on several aspects of the machine.

I am therefore hoping someone with intimate or a working knowledge of the machine can assist with a couple of queries please.

Firstly, the automatic speed change operations troubles me a little. Up until now most DP’s require a manual changing of the belts on the pulley gears to alter quill RPM’s This model however satisfies the operation by twiddling a buttton. This is all very nice and labour saving but does anyone know how the system operates? Is it some kind of expanding clutch? Is there access to the gear change pulleys or is it a sealed head unit. I have been asking myself, what is the cause for the escaltion in price compared to other DP’s. My fear is the RPM speed is controlled by some kind of circuit board and should it fail, which it invariably will do one day, does this then render the drill useless until a replacement control unit is installed, no doubt at great expense. Is the control unit the cause of the high price??

Also, has anyone an input on keyless chucks on a DP? I find them useful on a hand drill but how is it operated on such a large powerful drill without wrenching your wrist out of socket.

Any info on this machine and it’s value for money will be highly valued.

Thanks you.


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#1 posted 12-20-2012 03:02 PM

Well, I have no experience with this machine, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
I personally think that DP looks brilliant on paper. That huge table with extension wings is pretty cool. The variable speed function probably works fine. It works well on the larger delta machines that have the feature.
Im sure the keyless chuck works fine in most cases. But I can’t help but predict slippage issues when using large hole saws or forsteners. Of course, a chuck can always be swapped.
Bottom line is that’s a badass looking machine. If I was in the market for a large DP, that would definitely be a contender.

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 03:40 PM

Thanks Teds for your valued thoughts, much appreciated.

I hope an owner can provide me with some feedback.


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#3 posted 12-20-2012 03:40 PM

I have a smaller jet dp for several years. It performs well with the exception of horizontal play in the rack-and-pinion gears to raise and lower the table. If I have to change the height of the table and have a fence / stop block set I will end up having to reset the distance to drill bit.

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 03:42 PM

Thanks Jesse, that I could live with, my concern is the automatic speed changer, I’m hoping someone will put my concerns to bed.

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 04:49 PM

Looks like the Powermatic PM2800 VS drill, only with the Jet name on it.

I’m sure the VS is done similarly to how a VS lathe works. VS is nothing new nor magical. Here is typically the type of motor they would use in such a tool:

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 06:28 PM

David, If you haven’t already checked these two reviews, you might want to even though they are for the PM version:


Also, you might want to go online and download the owner’s manual for the Jet. I’ve done this on tools I’m interested in and have found it of value.

Other than the foregoing, I can’t be of much help. My DP is a Delta I acquired new back in the mid 80s and was made in Canada if I remember correctly.

Best for the holidays, John

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 03:23 AM

David- Can’t comment on that DP but I do have a keyless chuck on my DP and would never go back to a keyed chuck. Mine was salvaged from an old Makita cordless that died. I just chucked it into my keyed chuck. Easy to remove when I need capacity greater than 3/8”

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#8 posted 12-22-2012 12:32 PM

David ..don,t have any advise on this drill press….But..the one i have been looking at is a radial drillpress…the head tilts an telescopes..perfect for drilling a angle hole if needed…just my thoughts…


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#9 posted 12-22-2012 12:48 PM

For what it is worth I have had no problems with the electronic speed control on their 1642 EVS lathe. I would imagine they use the same or similar technology.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 01:32 PM

Can’t comment on the variable speed, but I have a keyless chuck on my radial drill press, no issues with slippage on that at all. I like the keyless chuck because I am so scattered I would have wasted many hours looking for the chuck key.

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#11 posted 12-31-2012 09:54 AM

Thanks for all your input fellahs, much apprciated, apoloigies for the delayed response, it’s just that I have been away for the holidays.

I’m still considering this DP so I will be visiting a tool store in the very near future, so hopefully theu will have one in stock I can play with for a while.

Thanks again all


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