Drill press runout

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Forum topic by ZiggyZ posted 05-25-2013 02:51 AM 1310 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2013 02:51 AM


I scored a Delta 16 1/2” model 17-900 drill press in like new condition today off craigslist for $75.00. I put my dial indicator on it and got runout of about .004 to .005. Is this acceptable for a press? I have my table saw within .001 and thought this might be a bit much?

Thanks for any input.

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 03:04 AM

where did you take the reading? did you put it on the shaft, drill chuck, or did you put a drill in and idicate that?
did you also put the indicator in the chuck and indicat ethe table. depending on where you took the reading, this is not to bad.

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 03:08 AM

I took two measurements, one each from the chuck and one from the shank of a Forstner bit just below the jaws of the chuck. They were both at about .004.

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 03:41 AM

for drilling holes you should be just fine. if you realy want to get wild take a reading off the forstner shank just above the flutes. mark the high reading. losen the chuck and give it a 90 degree turn and see if the wobble tracks.combined with your other readings this will also tell you if the chuck is out of paralell or off center.

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#4 posted 05-25-2013 06:22 AM

Did you run the shaft (quill) all the way down and check for side to side play there as well ?

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#5 posted 05-25-2013 05:06 PM

That reading is fine.
I never even checked runout on my drill press. It drills holes straight and the correct size. That’s all the confirmation I need.

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#6 posted 05-25-2013 06:14 PM

I keep a little stub of TPG shaft for making these type of runout measurements. Your Forstner bit might be the source of some of that.

Even so, I think it’s acceptable.

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#7 posted 05-25-2013 06:16 PM

If you have the taper key, you could try popping the taper open, cleaning it up and reseating it.

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#8 posted 05-25-2013 06:32 PM

I’d say you lucked out. Mine (bought new) had runout of about .015”, and I only recently fixed it (new chuck). I now have .003” and am quite happy with for woodworking.

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