Sears Craftsman 8" benchtop drill press 3-speed..... Is it worth it?

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 07-05-2013 04:54 PM 17716 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2013 04:54 PM

Lately I have gotten some nice new tools. And I’ve hit my limit for how much I can/will spend on anything for a while. One thing I do need though is a drill press. Need??? Maybe WANT is a better term.

But I found this little drill press. I know it’s not what I want, because I want a big one that can do more. But I could still use this guy and it would definitely come in handy. Would have been nice for the project I just completed even.

Here it is.

It has a little diagram on changing the speeds. But all I did was turn it on to see if it worked.

They want $46. A friend of mine says that’s a decent price. But I don’t know. I did sell my old table saw so I have the cash to reinvest in tools or wood. I just don’t know if it’s worth it. I need to hear some input if you guys don’t mind.

Also… I don’t even know what I would need to go with it. What kind of bits it would take. What I can and cant use on it… etc.

Thanks guys. Hope you are having a great July 4th weekend!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 04:59 PM

If it works good buy it . It’s a tool that comes in incredibly handy. Not that much to pay for it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 05:01 PM

I used to have one of these and it worked well. I sold mine for $25 many years ago.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 05:05 PM

$20 more gets you this, new and guaranteed:

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

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 05:10 PM

Well… see… that’s all I really need to know. $20 more is worth getting it new and have all the manuals and such with it. Plus… it has a swivel light. LOL. How can i pass that up.

Seriously though… I can’t see pay $46 for something used and rusted when I can go $20 more for new.
Thanks for your thoughts guys.

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 05:11 PM

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 05:21 PM

The decision is yours, but believe me you don’t want a DP you need it. It’s one of those downgraded power tools that is a must have for every workshop.
But 46 is allot for that, offer him 25 ;)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 06:17 PM

Current issue of popular wood working has a coupon to bring that harbor freight press down to $49.99. So, really more like 4 dollars :)

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#8 posted 07-05-2013 06:18 PM

I went without a drill press for many years and after having one for a few months I can’t imagine how I did it. They are worth spending a tad more and getting a good one.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 07:16 PM

That is a good price for that press. One thing to look at beyond whether it works, is how the table is raised or lowered. Believe me that is something that you have to do nearly every time you use it. If the table doesn’t raise or lower conveniently, I’d wait for one that does. You definitely “need” a drill press, once you get one you will not know how you got by w/o one.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 07-05-2013 07:39 PM

To expound on what Bondo is saying…. the table in the one you pictured is adjusted by loosening the clamp and manually sliding it up and down. Usually you have to swivel it back and forth to get it to move either up or down. It can be a pain at times.
If you can find one with a crank where the table moves up and down by simply turning he crank, it’s MUCH easier to adjust.

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 08:59 PM

yep. I had an old 1950’s craftsman. GREAT drill press…...until the table needed to be moved up/down. I upgraded to a 14”, floor standing Grizzly with a hand-cranked table elevator. I’ll never go back.

In the DC area, I commonly see good quality drill presses on craigslist for $50-100. I paid $100 for my Grizzly and it was indistinguishable from new. That said, I’d avoid small/cheap drill presses and hold out for something a little bigger, with better features.

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#12 posted 07-05-2013 09:47 PM

I just bought a little drill press for $30. Never used one before, but now I use it all of the time. You need one.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 07-05-2013 09:58 PM

Now that I have one, I can’t imagine not having a drill press, even a small one is a big plus. They can do a lot more than just drill holes. Like any tool or machine, getting the best one you can afford will pay off. And I agree, how the table moves up and down is important as you will move it a great deal. Also how much work is it to attach a flat piece of wood and a fence, or a milling table for that matter. A stable base is a good think to have too. Because drill presses are used in so many trades the opportunities for many different ones are almost endless.

-- Fredj

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#14 posted 07-05-2013 11:19 PM

Angie, I think $46 is too much for that rusty drill press. It was about $99 new.

Spend a little more and get a floor model with at least a 6” throat- even an good old one is better than some of these new smaller ones with much less capacity!! Just buy one that you want!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 07-06-2013 02:28 AM

Well…. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one. The table dies move up and down… But I see the point in wanting one that moves easier.

But…. My miter saw died today. So I’ll need to be replacing it :’(
Very sad

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