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I found a Jet and a Hitachi drill press on CL at reasonable prices and I’m hoping to make one of them mine. Anything that I should be leery of on either of these? The Jet is an older one, blue Shopline series, and the Hitachi looks to me to be almost new.

Jet JSL-14DP

Hitachi B16RM

-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#1 posted 329 days ago

pics would go a long way in helping to provide reasoned replies to this request for opinions.

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

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#2 posted 329 days ago

And how much are those 2 drill presses going for?

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#3 posted 329 days ago

I would look at the depth stop feature. I like a depth stop that is quick and easy to set.
I have the Ridgid DP, and it has a unique depth stop that is easy to set.
Most DP’s were not made for woodworking, and will require an aftermarket / shop made table with fence.

I have more confidence in Jet tools than the Hitachi brand.

Good luck with your search!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 329 days ago

Sorry about that guys, had to run out real quick. Here’s the listings. got a reply form the guy selling the hatachi and seen some pics (not very good ones), but it looks to be in great condition.

Hitachi B16RM listing $150

Jet JSL-14DP listing $125

-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#5 posted 329 days ago

I’m hoping that the Jet is still available, plus he has a few other tools from this line that he had listed at very good prices, including a dust collector that I will get if it’s still available.

-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 329 days ago

Prices seem fair. If you’re going to move on one, inspect it in person and make sure everything runs smooth. I bought a drill press on Craigslist a while back. It’s a 12” bench top machine, and the seller lived an hour away, so he met me halfway from my place.

Turns out, the DP runs, but the power switch was really finicky, something the seller declined to mention. For a while, I’d have to jiggle the switch to find the right spot that would not only make the motor run, but stay running. And other times the vibration from starting to drill into a piece would knock the switch out of the sweet spot and the DP would shut down.

Now, the switch is totally busted and it actually can’t be turned off. So I just plug it in whenever I need it. I’ll bet that replacing a switch is relatively easy, but I’m rubbish with electronics so I haven’t bothered.

Anyway, the moral of the story is to inspect it while it’s actually running. Mine works, but in hindsight I obviously should’ve been more careful.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#7 posted 329 days ago

BT, “move on one” is very, very similar to “pull the trigger”. You get a pass though…no boo, hiss.

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#8 posted 329 days ago

Is “get a pass” the same as a mulligan?

-- β€œThat it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#9 posted 329 days ago

well the good thing with the Jet is that the guy selling it is selling everything in his shop, jointer, planer, dust collector, 2 table saws, band saw, etc. all Jet too. So I’m sure this a retired gentleman that is no longer able to use them any more or a maybe widower/relative selling off a loved ones things, so it’s probably all been taken care of.

-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#10 posted 329 days ago

I agree with go jet, especially if you have the means to start “packaging” stuff together. I have had good luck with that in the past.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#11 posted 328 days ago

I can’t see where either one is bad. The Hitachi has a laser, which is cool. It is a pain to set up all the time, but if you are doing repetition, it is cool….I recently did a couple of very large cribbage boards and I added an after market laser and it was a huge help. I have an older Craftman with a bunch of modifications and it works great. So while the Hatichi is pretty, I bet you get a long time out of either one…

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#12 posted 328 days ago

The Hitachi is probably made in China while the Jet is made in Taiwan. If that’s the case, I would go with the Jet. Jet tools are regarded as top of the line for Asian tools.

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#13 posted 327 days ago

Missed out on both. The seller finally responded to me last evening regarding the Jet to tell me it was sold, so I contacted the other seller and he had sold it yesterday morning.

...I hate Craigslist

-- Rob - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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