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01-23-2014 09:37 PM

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Looking for a drill press…really thinking about the Grizzly G7946 Radial drill press. Comments, concerns, recommendations, voices of reason, etc…...GO!!

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 10:05 PM

I think almost any drill press would work for me. They all need some sort of an auxiliary table for woodworking. I have the Ridgid, but would have been satisfied with the Jet, Porter Cable, Grizzly etc.

To me it’s a pretty basic tool, but essential in the woodshop.

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 12:25 AM

What do you build? What size holes might you be drilling? That would help us imagine horsepower, throat, chuck size and all that.

I’ve always like my drill press to be true to the table. I don’t know how easy it is to get a radial DP back to exactly vertical.

If I need an angled hole, I’ll tilt the material.

This purchase is easily overthought. Avoid the gizmos, that’s for sure, especially the silly laser doodad.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 12:38 AM

I have the delta 18” drill press works great and has a large table.

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 08:51 AM

I have the ridgid and it works well, but it’s not a good deal any more at $500.

The 15” porter cable is a very good press for the money.
I don’t like radials.

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 11:32 AM

I don’t see the advantage of a radial, especially for woodworking, but thats JMHO.
I have the Grizzly 7944 Floor Standing DP and like it quite a bit.
However, if I were buying a new DP today, I’d be hard pressed to choose anything over the Porter Cable that Nitewalker mentioned. Lowes sells it for ~$300. Given the quality and features, I think its the best DP on the market under $600. I’d go that route if I were you. The 4” stroke is the best in its class.

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 01:14 PM

I am also in the hunt for a press to replace my benchtop. I looked into the Grizzly thinking it was perfect and reasonably priced, reviews were horrible mostly accuracy. Also only 5 speeds

Jet makes one (17DX) that is more woodworker oriented and I just missed getting a practically new one on craigslist. I was holding out for $300, sold it for $350.

Porter Cable as mentioned is worth a look

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 04:44 PM

The Grizzly is identical to what used to be a radial drill press that Harbor Freight sold. They discontinued it years ago, but Grizzly picked it up. I know because I bought one in 2000 for $125. It is exact save I have a square table and mine is painted black with the usual Central Machinery labels on it.

Here’s the good news, if you need to make a reasonably angled hole, and put a decent table on the silly round table it will shine. It is a wonder to have multiple angles available to you.

The bad news is it flexes ever so slightly. You really have to watch if you have the arm out, at maybe a 30’ angle, trying to drill maple or oak. Last time I used it was to drill 15’ angles in a jewelry box top to insert ring holders at a Jetson-like angle. Worked like a charm.
It is a useful item in my shop, and it sits right next to my Porter Cable that I bought from Lowes and use MUCH more often.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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