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11-12-2014 11:55 AM

can anyone tell which bench top drill press they have had good luck with or they consider the best for not having much runout,,that you can make chuck changes easily,,or speed changes,,thank you

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 02:36 PM

My first drill press was a Delta 12” bench top…..This was several years ago, and I had 0 problems with it….I built a roll-around cabinet for it, with storage, and it servred me well…But….I wanted a floor model, so I sold it and some other tools to my father-in-law…I purchased a 16 1/2” Delta….If you have the room, a floor model is the way to go, but if not, get the largest bench top you can afford…..All kinds of brands out there….pick one…

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 03:04 PM

I have been researching the same thing 3285jeff. After reading a ton of advice on this forum and reviews online, this is what I have come up with:

5 Speed Skil Drill Press:
HF 13 inch 16 Speed Benchtop:
HF 13 inch 16 speed Floor Model:

HF also has a 10 inch model, but considering what you can get for a little bit more I am leaning towards one of the 13 inchers I listed above. There are a number of threads on LJs about each of these models and picking a drill press .. most lead towards the idea of having a floor model if you can afford it. I think the HF benchtop I listed is a beast that can do a lot more than most other benchtops but it costs the same as their floor model. There are great reviews on LJs of the HF benchtop. Good luck!

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 03:29 PM

I asked the same question a week ago. Most everyone said FLOOR model. One guy pointed out MAKE SURE you find one with at LEAST 4 inches of Spindle Depth…....I never thought of that but YES how would one drill through a 4 by 4 with a DP that only goes 3.5 or less. If you llok at a lot of the Bench tops and cheaper floor models none of them go past 3.5 and some even less.

Also a few have pointed to , of all places, LOWES has a 12 sped floor model for $319 that drills t 4 inches. I am gunna pick one up this week

-- Rich

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 03:30 PM

If you decide you might want a floor drill press, Lowes has a Porter Cable DP for $319, and with a 10% coupon it is $287. I’ve had mine for 2 or 3 years and like it. I use it mainly for clearing out the bulk of mortises.

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 09:32 PM

First of all I’m a “Hobby Woodworker”, but the Drill Press and the Band Saw do get a lot of work.

They’re shown on a 2’x4’ Bench that was an easy 2 Day Build including Finishing.

The reason for that was to get them off of my Main Bench and some Storage for other Larger Tools.

They are Both Bolted to a 1/2” Plywood base with some old Sanding Pads Epoxied to the underside that allows Quick & Easy Movement. I also use MY Portable AC Motor Speed Control (Dead Stop To Max RPM) primarily for the Drill Press or any other piece of electrical equipment that I choose to use it with.

The DP Table is My Own Design and is one of my Past Projects. If I have to use a Spade bit or a Long Bit I remove the DP table in about 5 Minutes. It also has Lasers, but I never use them.

I modified the BS slightly by Cutting the light cord plug off and running it into the “Power In” side of the Main On/Off Switch. So they both operate with one “In Plug.”. The light has it’s own On/Off Switch so it can used, or not. I didn’t see the need for 2 Wall Plugs. The DP has separate switches built in for The Main Light and The Lasers. Therefore only One Wall Plug in is necessary to operate everything.

I’m quite happy with both of them and the Details of Purchase are shown on the Below Photos.

Band Saw at Home Depot $149.00 in 2004 and the DP at Lowes $148.00 in 2010. So they have withstood the test of time.






Hope it’s of some Help Jeff.


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#6 posted 11-12-2014 10:05 PM

I have a delta 13 inch model, no problems with it all.

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 02:17 AM

I have a Jet JDP12 and it has worked great for me.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 03:14 AM

I think as long you spend some decent money on one it should be ok. The old saying “you only get what you pay for”

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