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Blackie_

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370 days ago

OK it was time to say good by to the baby 8” and move up to a 15” the little 8” just wasn’t cutting errr I mean drilling it anymore :) time to start running with the big boys. The little 8” went to a new home to be with my 80 year old dad at his house :)

The baby was still working like a charm only it wasn’t giving me the clearance I needed.

After viewing and reading all the reviews and youtube videos, I found this to be the best all around for the money. I made my to Lowes this morning and picked this baby up.

“PORTER-CABLE 8-Amp 12-Speed 15 Drill Press=

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 370 days ago

Randy,

May your new Drill Press be as good to you as your old one. Nice bench on the left. :>)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 370 days ago

You did good; that’s a great press. :-)

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 370 days ago

Congratulations! Hope this works as well for you as you expect—it certainly looks like it should.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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moke

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#4 posted 370 days ago

Randy,
I was thinking of getting one of these for my brother for Christmas….keep us posted what you think of it as you use it. I have an older 70’s craftsman myself, I have put many upgrades on it and am completely satisfied…although the Powermatic screams my name at the tool store….I try not to look at it.

My concern is from the older DP’s this really looks “short”, but so do most all of the DP’s now…what are your thoughts? Does it make a difference or am I being paranoid?
Mike

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Blackie_

3289 posts in 1110 days


#5 posted 370 days ago

Mike I did a pretty good search when I was shopping, I would had rather stayed with a bench top but after weighing the fact that what I was looking for along with clearance from the chuck to the table they all were in the same price range be it bench or floor model, I looked at woodcraft, Sears, Harbor Freight, Home Depot, Texas Tool Traders and Lowes and this one at Lowes from the size and buck along with the high reviews felt this was the best one for the money and I feel safe with Porter Cable.

Most all of the Harbor Freight had mixed along with bad reviews but still in the $200 and up range. I also feel as though Harbor Freight is loosing it’s touch in best deals, if you look hard enough you can sometimes find name brand purchased for around the same price as HF

If you do a search for this model in the reviews section here on LJ there’s a video on it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 370 days ago

Wow, that is good looking drill press and with a light , too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks to be about an 8” throat on it and lots of Z axis!!

It looks to have a depth stop screw, too- with about 4” of quill travel. If it does not have a quick nut on it ( one with a button on the side that you can slip quickly to a position) get one from Grizzly. You will greatly appreciate it over spinning a nut round and round to change positions.

One last addition that gives you both hands free is a foot switch.

That’s my 2 cents worth.

Enjoy the new machine. It will give you much more capacity than the old one!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 370 days ago

Congratulations on the new drill press Randy. Nice upgrade. You will really love it. I have had the same Porter Cable drill press (with a little bit different table) for right over 5 years and it has worked flawlessly and it is a workhorse…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 370 days ago

Two more sources? You can check the reviews out on Amazon? Grizzly drill presses, and Northern Tool. I have a tradesman floor model. Which is not on their information site anymore. But the same model appears in Northern Tool with a different name.

Randy, How did you get it assembled. LOL! I used a 5 ton come a long from my ceiling joists ( reinforced) as I didn’t have assistance.

Another thought is who and how ships it?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Randy_ATX

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#9 posted 370 days ago

Nice Randy. A welcome addition to your shop. Funny, I just came into a 17” Delta floor model for free which I will use to replace a bench top Ryobi! We’ve made similar upgrades.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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CudaDude

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#10 posted 370 days ago

congrats. I bought the same drill press last weekend, just haven’t had time to get it setup yet. read nothing but good reviews on it.

-- Gary

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Blackie_

3289 posts in 1110 days


#11 posted 370 days ago

Thanks all, Jim I forgot about looking into Grizzly.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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kdc68

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#12 posted 370 days ago

+1 Greg The Cajun

I have had mine awhile also, and it still performs great. I added a mobile base and made a top that’s more suitable for my needs. At first I didn’t think too much about having the laser, but now I have a whole different opinion. It really helps with precision and glad it was a feature on this.
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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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toolie

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#13 posted 369 days ago

KDC68…...the T-wye fitting on your 2 1/2” DC set up appears to be installed backwards. the wye should point towards the unit creating the suction.

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

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Blackie_

3289 posts in 1110 days


#14 posted 369 days ago

Thanks KDC, actually after looking at the Griz, I still think this Porter Cable is the better deal, that freight charge on the Griz kills the price and the Griz don’t have the nice features along with a 1 HP motor that the Porter Cable does.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

3289 posts in 1110 days


#15 posted 369 days ago

I agree with Toolie, I never noticed it until you pointed it out.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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