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Forum topic by Micahm posted 07-07-2014 06:38 PM 353 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micahm

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07-07-2014 06:38 PM

I am in the market for a Drill Press and Planer. Drill press i want Floor model not a bench top. The planer Could be either bench or a standalone type. Any suggestions? I would say my budget is 0-1200 for each tool. I will be making furniture and cabinets and other projects. Looking for quality for the price that will last me a long time.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff


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#1 posted 07-07-2014 07:45 PM

For a drill press, I’ve had my eye on the delta 18-900L, but at your price range you’d be able to afford a nice powermatic variable speed model. For a planer, whichever you decide on, I’d get stationary and a spiral head cutter.

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

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 07:52 PM

A big floor mounted planer will offer more power, but take up more floor space than a bench top model. When on sale or used, you should be able to get a decent one for $1200 or less. If you’re after new only, Grizzly is tough to beat on price. $1200 is a substantial budget for a drill press. You can just about take your pick from several different new 17” – 20” floor standing drill presses. Check the reviews section of LJ and you can look at several different opinions on several different machines to help you decide what’s right for you.

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Micahm

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 08:41 PM

On Drill presses I am looking at the Porter Cable, or if I want to max out my budget the Powermatic. They both have good reviews the powermatic has some added features and a little bit bigger. I am not sure what to do on the planer.

What would I missing out on if I got the Portercable over the Powermatic? They are both rated 5 stars, the Powermatic is a little bit bigger, motor is same size. How much does the fancy “Powermatic” name raise the cost of the machine?

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 08:44 PM

Why not at least consider, better quality used equipment and save a lot of poppy over the new price of the better stuff? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 11:10 PM

If I had the money I’d definitely get the powermatic over the pc. Everything on the powermatic is bigger and better; throat depth, quill stroke, power, speed changing mechanism, etc.

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

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