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Forum topic by darthford posted 531 days ago 877 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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531 days ago

Been waiting on this beast for 2 weeks and it finally arrived today! I struggled with this purchase, quite a few decent drill presses out there for a few hundred less but I liked the Delta’s features on paper. Would be interested in hearing any feedback good or bad from anyone who owns one of these.

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#1 posted 531 days ago

I have one works great. Once you dial in the lasers it is easy to drill where you want. If you have not assembled it yet you will need help putting the main unit on the column.

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#2 posted 531 days ago

Thanks, been looking for a reason to buy a HF hoist.

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#3 posted 531 days ago

I have the Delta drill press and for the money it is a very good drill press. It is a good idea to get the chain hoist as it will come in real handy. I have one and have used it many times for lifting heavy tools and other stuff.

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#4 posted 531 days ago

You don’t necessarily need a lift I assembled mine buy myself with no lift.(I have a lift and I am 5’8’’) but I did have a work table I put the head on and stood on top of that and lifted up on the column. Good luck you will love the press.


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#5 posted 530 days ago

That’s my dream press.
If I can get things to align properly this year I’ll have one too. :-)

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

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#6 posted 530 days ago

I can lift it but if my back goes out while I’m lifting it it won’t be a happy ending. My brother is here visiting maybe the two of us can heft it up on the column.

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#7 posted 530 days ago

I bought one two weeks ago…

Very happy!

I compared this DP to the PM2800B, the Delta won with simplicity. I prefer a simple belt drive over the vari-drive on the PM, the Delta’s lower slow speed, and the Delta was $500 less.

Get help to assemble.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#8 posted 530 days ago

~2 years still love it.

Never used the lasers so can’t comment on that (I’m still of the old fashioned centerpunch and manually align school.. the lasers just don’t have the resolution I like).

The main things I really like about it are: – 6” spindle travel – so nice – speed changes, trivial. Yeah variable speed might be slightly nicer but marginal for a hobbiest anyway (and a production shop would likely just have a couple at set speeds anyway). – Beefy. The head has lots of meat to it.

I assembled mine by w/o a lift by myself as well. It was an action of questionable wisdom. If you did it like Richard probably not so bad (I used a ladder – yeah not smart don’t do that, once I had it up there was kinda easier to move forward than back out).

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#9 posted 530 days ago

I was disappointed in the quality of my most recent Delta purchases, drill press handles will not stay tightened. I have seen the same floppy handles in many shops. Love my classic UniSaw but not sure of the current products

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