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Forum topic by irishcolleen posted 01-16-2009 03:52 AM 6592 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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irishcolleen

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01-16-2009 03:52 AM

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I am going to purchase a drill press to use occasionally. I am looking at the craftsman 12” model 21914. It is about $200. Does anyone own this drill press, and if so, how do you like it? I would like to know the pros and cons. If there is another moderately priced brand that someone would suggest, I would be interested in that also. I mainly need something that will make consiistant depths, with laser for accuracy. Thank you!


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motthunter

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#1 posted 01-16-2009 04:07 AM

I wouldn’t buy it. Craftsman drill presses are no better in my opinion than a harbor freight one that is a bit cheaper. You also can spend a few bucks more and get a jut or delta. Steel City makes a nice one too.

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#2 posted 01-16-2009 04:30 AM

Mott, actually I believe the Craftsman 15” and 17” drill presses are built by Orion, which is who makes Steel City tools. I have the 17” Craftsman, and I have the 10” Craftsman benchtop, both have been pretty good machines. In a benchtop I doubt that the Delta or JET would be much better.

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irishcolleen

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#3 posted 01-16-2009 05:15 AM

This is a dumb question, but if I get a 12” model, does that mean I can drill up to 12” material, or does the length of the bit have to be accounted for, so you only really get say, 8” of area to drill?

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lew

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#4 posted 01-16-2009 05:32 AM

If I’m not mistaken, the size (12”) refers to the distance from the center of the bit to the back column.

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#5 posted 01-16-2009 06:06 AM

Actually a 12” drill press means you can drill the center of a 12” wide board, the distance from the center of the bit to the back column would be 6”.

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irishcolleen

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#6 posted 01-16-2009 06:22 AM

Ok, that makes sense. Thanks! Looks like I need to go check out the Delta and Steel City before I make a decision. Any special models?

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#7 posted 01-16-2009 06:52 AM

I have the Craftsman 17” drill press and I have been really happy with it.

For some different opinions on drill presses you could check out the reviews here.

-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com

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irishcolleen

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#8 posted 01-16-2009 07:07 AM

Thanks, everyone. I’ll do a little browsing before hitting the stores, so I know my must have’s vs my wants…..need to keep the budget, so can get a planer or jointer next….

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#9 posted 01-16-2009 06:03 PM

If you can, check out the drill press with the largest bit installed while it is running. Look for any wabble.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#10 posted 01-16-2009 08:29 PM

Yep, that dreaded wabble, I hate that when it happens. lol

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