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Forum topic by JackBauer posted 09-17-2014 02:29 AM 2432 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2014 02:29 AM

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I picked up this drill press today for $100.00 do you think this was a great deal, it runs so nice and smooth.its better than my cheap Canadian Tire piece of crap that’s for sure.

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#1 posted 06-08-2017 09:48 PM

You’re extremely lucky. I bought mine in an auction while in Vancouver BC 4 years ago for $300!! I’ve seen them go anywhere from $200-450… but the $450 was all original, and looks like it sat in the shop with only being used maybe half a dozen times. The average price is $300 for these that I’ve seen, and I cant locate a write-up I read before getting mine about how unique they are. Hand made during the war, and then stopped because they needed all metal fabrications to be used to build war and military items. It was super cool, and if I can find the write-up I’ll post it here.

One difference you’ll notice between your CDTire one (or anyone from Home Depot, Lowes, Rona, etc) is that this is sold cast iron. You get zero vibration (my experience anyway), and the motors are more reliable than anything built nowadays. I’ve replaced the belt only a couple times in the 4 years, but I used it on average 2-3 times a week. So that tells you about buying a good belt. The 1/2HP and 8.2Amps will give enough power to help get through the most difficult of items.

Bottom line… if you picked up for less than $250 you got a steal of a deal!

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#2 posted 06-09-2017 01:20 AM

Made in Japan, well made, runs smooth.
What else can you ask for, a steal of a deal.
Treat it nice and it will out live you.
You cant buy a good drill chuck for $100.00
I have a Jet (Made in Japan) looks similar and I wouldnt part with it.

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#3 posted 06-09-2017 01:24 AM

I think you got a decent press at a very good price. I just hope it doesn’t glow in the dark. :)

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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