Would you buy either of these drill presses?

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Forum topic by danofpaco posted 07-21-2013 01:57 AM 662 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2013 01:57 AM

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I’ve been waiting for a decent deal on a drill press. It would be my first one so I don’t have a ton of experience with them. I know to check that the spindle turns smoothly. Anything else a guy should check for?

Are either of these decent models? Would you buy one? They seem like decent deals. I’ve never heard of the older one, but its cheap and seems pretty heavy duty…

Thanks for any input.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 02:12 AM

”Anything else a guy should check for?”
I would check the stroke. You want at least 3” if possible.
But for $50 , if it runs, it’s probably worth it.
The radial arm Delta would be nice as well, for $100, but my preference would be the floor model.

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 02:27 AM

Hard to go wrong with the 50.00 floor model. I would be concerned about the radial arm drill press. I believe for the most part drill presses don’t need to be the most accurate thing in your shop for most drilling tasks. So for the most part a drill press will work out no matter which one. But I would tend to lean towards the floor model myself.

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 02:35 AM

I would go the frist one down here in missouri you cant touch floor model for $ 100.00 and that is the rough looking one’ too.

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 02:38 AM

the radial drill is very versatile, the floor model is heavy, either or both are good

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