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Forum topic by JSB posted 02-21-2013 11:41 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2013 11:41 PM

I have $200 of profit allocated for a drill press. Not a penny more. I keep my shop money separate from household money. I’m not looking for a monster press for metal. Just a few things im looking for in the order of importance

1 SPINS TRUE
2 enough power for a decent size forestner bit
3 decent amount of throat depth

Everything else doesn’t matter. I dont care if it’s a benchtop or floor mount. I have heard a lot of good about the HF presses but they offer so many to chose from. If I really need to add a little bit more money to get a decent drill press than I can possibly wait for some more paying projects. In the mean time I am without a drill press.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com


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#1 posted 02-21-2013 11:46 PM

I would shop for a used one if that’s your budget, plenty of lightly used drill presses out there and you will probably get twice as much for your money.

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 11:51 PM

I may hold out and keep an eye open for a used one. I did however search my local craigslist for a drill press and the only one posted in the last 45 days (or however long they keep them up) is a $1200 metal working press.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 11:55 PM

This is from my local craigslist for 175. For 200 bucks you’ll probably have to rehab one.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 11:56 PM

Bummer, just searched my local craigslist (Portland, OR) and there’s 55 of them. If you can find a bench top that spins true and the chuck doesn’t feel like its full of metal shavings cram a block of wood between the table and the base it should be rock solid. Those tables will flex on you.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 12:01 AM

17” for $135 in my local CL

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 12:06 AM

I’m jealous. Here is the results from searching “drill press” in my local craigslist

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/search/tla?zoomToPosting=&altView=&query=drill+press&srchType=A&minAsk=&maxAsk=

I sent emails for the $140 press a couple times since it was posted and no response

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 01:07 PM

From the picture, mine looks like the one DKV posted. I bought it for $50. Owner said it hadn’t worked in years. Belt was broke. Works like a champ.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-22-2013 02:14 PM

That’s unfortunate about Craigslist in your area. I guess all I can say is be vigilant because a nice used drill press is the way to go. I owned one of the cheaper HF models and it worked okay for really basic jobs, but just didn’t have enough in it. For $85 I got a really nice floor model off of Craigslist and sold my HF drill press at a garage sale.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 02-22-2013 02:23 PM

I bought a 1940s Delta floor model for $60. They are out there. But I did just search North Mississippi and pickens seem pretty slim for you. Grizzly has a benchtop Shopfox for $159 plus whatever shipping is. Is there a Sears or Home Depot near you? I’d look to what they offer and check reviews on models you can afford.

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#10 posted 02-22-2013 05:38 PM

I think an older used model is your best bet. It will be almost impossible to but a brand new DP that fits your criteria. I’d let you have my retired 80’s model Craftsman that I replaced with A PMfor less than your budget, but there was too much quill runout for me, and there will be too much for you too. Good luck, and maybe wait and save a little more money towards this invaluable too.

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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#11 posted 02-22-2013 08:24 PM

You mentioned possibly waiting to buy a better model. I recommend the PC from Lowes. It’s $299 and you can get a 10% coupon from the post office to bring it down. I bought two HF presses and returned both before going with this one. The difference is night and day plus this one has 4” of travel whereas the HF had something just a shade over 2” if I’m not mistaken. The fit and finish is superb and the reviews for it are great all over the net.

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

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 03:18 AM

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 04:23 PM

Must have gone up recently, looks like its $329 here as well now. Either way $30 more minus coupon is still very fair for that press.

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

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 04:44 PM

If you’re looking at used , or any drill press for that matter , lower the quill and check for side to side movement.
You don’t want any. Also , fire it up and Check for run out. A lot of run out is caused by the cheap chucks that come with the drill presses , but they can be upgraded : )

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 06:33 PM

Do you have Kijiji in your area? If you do have a look for drill presses on that site.

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