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Forum topic by scribble posted 01-31-2014 09:48 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 09:48 PM

I am looking to see if anyone has any experience with the Tool Shop floor stand Drill press from Menard’s. I am looking for a floor stand unit that is not going to break the bank but also one that isn’t junk and I will not be able to use for most general usage.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 10:15 PM

try harbor freight for better prices.

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 10:25 PM

Check Craigslist, if you are in the U.S.. I found a great buy there for a 15” Rockwell that came out of a school. I had to replace a few missing parts – you know how kids will take anything that isn’t bolted and glued down – but the end result is simply great :-)

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 12:44 AM

The quill is the most critical portion of a drill press. Go to the store and test the fit and feel of the up/down stroke and check for play in the quill. If it wobbles side-to-side that is no good at all. Also check for the amount of backlash in the up/down motion. Excessive backlash can make it tough to use a depth stop.

The depth stop should be a solid object firmly attached to the body of the drill press. Plastic or sheet metal with flex is bad.

Older drill presses are usually nicer than the new ones once refurbished. We’ve got a fancy, newer Delta model in the shop which is supposedly industrial but we had to weld an angle bracket to the depth stop. It was made from a bent piece of 1/8” sheet metal and was flexible enough to permit variation from one hole to the next.

We purchased a couple Harbor Freight benchtop drill presses for use with branding irons. I’m glad we didn’t intend to do actual drilling with them because the quills were so loose they wiggle around as they travel up and down. The cheap drill presses at Menards had better quality.

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