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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 415 days ago 905 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tool_junkie

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415 days ago

All,

I need some help here. I have been wanting to buy a drill press for quite some time now. Last weekend I went to harbor freight and bought the following, but it is going back because it lacks power:

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed-bench-drill-press-60238.html

Today, the following showed up on the local Craigslist.

http://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/tls/3648716160.html

I want you guys’ opinion on it. What all should I check for before buying and how much to offer?

Thanks!

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!


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darthford

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#1 posted 415 days ago

Hard to go wrong at $125, you could upgrade to a precision keyless Albrecht chuck and buy a new Baldor motor and your still only in to it $700.

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David Dean

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#2 posted 415 days ago

I would go with the craftsmen that 5 speed only has a 1/3 hp and they dont play well with oak and other hardwoods. I got one and it sucks.

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bbasiaga

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#3 posted 415 days ago

I had one of those HF models forever. If you get used to it, it can do quite a bit. I used mine for years and finally wore it out on my telescope project when drilling stainless steel.

I upgraded to a Craftsman model not unlike that one. It is a different class of tool and should sever pretty well.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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joein10asee

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#4 posted 415 days ago

125 bucks for a Craftsman floor model? How come you arent posting that you’re on your way to pick it up? :-)

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 415 days ago

With a good sharp bit and slow feed rate you would probably be okay with a bench top. But why bother? Get the floor model!!

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distrbd

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#6 posted 415 days ago

I have one f those small drill presses similar to HF ,there’s no way to work around it’s limitations like narrow swing(distance from the chuck to the columnx2),short quill travel,low powered motor,and most of all ,limited speed range.
These limitations did not bother me at first(10 years ago) but as I needed wider pieces to drill or when I tried to use forstner bits which require lower speed, drilling stainless steel ,I realized I needed a bigger drill with larger capacity,but now I have to find a spot to store the old one in my very limited spaced garage or give it away .
So I think you save yourself now buy buying a HF drill press now but will regret not buying the bigger one from CL in the future.Buy the Craftsman.

-- Ken from Ontario

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tool_junkie

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#7 posted 414 days ago

I missed out… I was the 2nd person in line, but the first person bought it :(

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!

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b2rtch

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#8 posted 414 days ago

I bought a HF floor drill press., 21 speed I believe but not sure, with 1/2HP motor for $100.00.
I am very happy with it.
HF has good drill presses.

-- Bert

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Rick M.

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#9 posted 414 days ago

I missed out… I was the 2nd person in line, but the first person bought it :(

Was the story of my life for months while searching for a drill press. I broke down and decided to buy a HF press and they were out of stock both times I went. Finally found a Jet/Orbit big benchtop model (3/4 the size of a free standing press) for $75 and couldn’t be happier. Dang thing weighs about 125 lbs. Moral is, good things come to those who wait. I found it by posting a wanted on a local woodworking website and even then it was about a month before one became available. Seems like there is a serious drill press shortage in my area.

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