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I have an opportunity to buy a used 16.5” DELTA floor standing drill press for $150 (OBO) ,If it all checks out the the chuck and quill is in good shape and the shaft is straight,would it be a good deal?
I only saw the ad a week ago and the seller wanted $250,but Today it got reduced to $150 probably because it looks so rusty which I don’t mind,I just offer him $100 .
Your opinions are appreciated.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#1 posted 549 days ago

Check the standard things like runout of the chuck (I put a rod in the chuck and attach a dial indicator to the table and then manually rotate the pulleys), ease of movement of the quill. Another LJer had a problem in that the motor failed the day after he bought one, so you might ask to start / stop it several times. Also try drilling wood with a sharp bit the drill press should not bog down.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 549 days ago

kinda hard to evaluate, sight unseen.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#3 posted 549 days ago

Toolie, I basically would like to know if a Delta 16.5” drill press is a good choice ,if it prematurely breaks down ,if it has a weak part that commonly breaks,and your experience using it if you own one.

Jesse,You made some good suggestions,I was going to use a drill bit to check the run out,stat/stopping it I never thought of ,also a good idea to actually drill some thing with it.
Thank you both.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#4 posted 549 days ago

Assuming its in good shape, $150 would be a swell deal.
A similar, new machine would cost twice that.
As long as it powers up, spins freely, and doesn’t have noticable run-out…...I’d buy it. Re-selling it shouldn’t be hard if you decide you don’t want it.

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#5 posted 549 days ago

+1 to Tedstor.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#6 posted 549 days ago

Yes, that’s a good deal. In addition to all the rest of the advice here, check the pulleys to make sure they’re not chipped or anything. That’s a big machine, too, so make sure you’ve got a way to get it home. It won’t fit into the back of a sedan.

I’d figure on at least replacing the belt, since old belts tend to stretch and cause vibration, but that’s maybe another $20.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 549 days ago

Wow Great advice from all of you,I just spoke to the owner ,he accepted my offer of $100 and is willing to bring it to me,I know I’m taking a chance here but he tells me he’s going to a welding school and got the old drill press from his shop supervisor who had just replaced all the DPs with new ones.
Sounded honest ,and for $100 as mentioned it’s not a big gamble and can be sold for at least the same price.
I’ll let you all know once I try it out.

Update: The owner just called and said he just tested the DP for run out and unfortunately he says “it does have a bit of a wobble” so the deal is off,I have no reason not to believe the guy,in fact I’m glad he tried it before driving to my place just to find out it’s a useless tool.
, it just wasn’t meant to be. Thank you all for your inputs

-- Ken from Ontario

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