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empty5853

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06-25-2013 10:55 PM

Hello All,

I’m looking to get some recommendations on a Bench top Drill Press. I’m looking to spend between $200 – $500.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

vr
Mark T.


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 11:30 PM

$500 buys a good floor drill press. Do you have space for one of those?

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RonInOhio

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 11:43 PM

Menards has a decent 12” 3/4 hp benchtop that has had favorable reviews. 229.00

masterforce drill press

Also, the Harbor Freight 16 speed heavy-duty bench top has had favorable reviews. 249.00

harborfreight drillpress.

That would cover two possibilities for your low ball budget. I will let someone else suggest the more expensive
ones.

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crank49

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 12:23 AM

I have the HF 16 speed, 3/4 hp drill press.
I like mine just fine. Been using it for about 2 years.

From the printed specs I noticed they both have about the same quill stroke, 3 1/4”.

The HF has 2X bigger motor, lower slow speed of 230 RPM vs. 520 RPM for the Masterforce.

The Masterforce has mechanical variable speed and a digital speed indicator and LED light.

The Masterforce seems to be very much similar to a 12” Ryobi in terms of features.

For my use, needing to drill large holes occasionally, I need the lower speed of the HF.
But, the variable speed of Masterforce would be nice if it had more power and could be slowed down.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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empty5853

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 01:19 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. All good ones.

dhazelton – unfortunately I don’t have the floor space. I was going to bolt the drill press to my workbench. It’s very heavy duty. Weighs about 300 lbs. with a 3” thick top.

RonInOhio & crank49 – I was looking at the Masterforce but the closest Menards to me is over 300 miles away which is to bad. The HF looks good.

What about these? Any thoughts on them?

• General 14” Bench Top Drill Press Model 75-030 – $349 , ½ hp, 280 -3000 rpm, laser, work light, pretty good reviews
• RIKON 30-120 13” Drill Press, $432, 1/2 hp, 200-3630 rpm, well known RIKON quality is a +
• Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Bench-Top Drill Press – $374, 3/4 hp, 140 – 3050 rpm, a beast at 154 lbs.

I know there’s other.

Thanks for all your input.

Mark T.

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 02:33 AM

This is a nice one. Powerful and better capacity than the others you listed.

However; the porter cable floor press is cheaper than all 4 listed, and has a full 4” of spindle travel. It takes up the space of a 5 gallon bucket. I’d not get a benchtop drill press in hopes of saving space, because it really doesn’t.

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

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crank49

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#6 posted 06-26-2013 04:26 AM

NiteWalker, I read that whole link and I can’t see anywhere it lists the stroke of that Jet drill press. But, all the other features appear to be about the same as the HF I have. Of course, the Jet does have a 5 year warranty that the HF certainly does not have. And I’m sure the fit and finish of the Jet is better as it should be for twice the $.

But, the 4” stroke of the Porter Cable, 1 hp motor and ~$330 are all attractive points for the floor model.

I agree completely that the floor model takes no more room than the benchtop. It really takes less room because the benchtop has to sit on something. And that something is going to be larger than the post and base of a floor model.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 10:02 AM

I just noticed that too…
Way to go amazon. :-/
It’s 3 1/8”
The swing is 15” at least.

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

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Tedstor

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#8 posted 06-27-2013 01:25 PM

I have the floor standing version of the grizzly you mentioned. It’s solid. I posted a review of it. It should be the last drill press you’ll ever have to buy.

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NiteWalker

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#9 posted 06-27-2013 06:16 PM

I had that grizzly for a while; it’s a very good press. Very heavy duty with a big motor.
The quill travel I did find limiting a few times, along with the reach. It is a good one though.

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

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Steve Peterson

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#10 posted 06-27-2013 08:16 PM

Why not buy a floorstanding drill press and cut the stem down? This allows you to have a lot more choices.

-- Steve

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 06-27-2013 09:31 PM

Steve, that’s definitely a possibility.
The PC would make a nice benchtop press.

In fact, that’s the only difference between a lot of bench a floor models; both the jet jdp15mf and the grizzly G7943 have floor models where the column length is the only real difference.

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

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redSLED

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#12 posted 06-28-2013 02:27 AM

Same subject, recent threads:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/50132
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/22944

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Jim

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#13 posted 06-30-2013 01:25 AM

I have a Jet JDP12 and I think it is a better deal than the PC at lowes

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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NiteWalker

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#14 posted 06-30-2013 01:40 AM

The jdp-12 costs more, has less swing, less quill travel, less power, higher slow speed…
I’m trying to figure out how it’s a better deal…

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

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Jim

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#15 posted 06-30-2013 02:04 PM

He was looking for a bench top drill press and everyone here is trying to talk him into a floor model. I paid $20 more for mine for than a PC. I looked at both and the Jet was better built, better warranty, no belt to change speed and I had room in my shop for it.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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