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Forum topic by Medickep posted 01-03-2015 02:23 AM 1910 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 02:23 AM

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I got the green light from the wife to buy a new tool! and was considering upgrading my weak bench top drill press with a nice 15’ floor model. As a hobbyist, I find the Rigid brand is pretty good for me, but I’ve never seen the Rigid drill press in person as most stores do not have them in stock.

I was wondering if anyone had anything good or bad to say about them, as they are not cheap! I can’t seem to find a lot of used ones in my area and I felt driving six hours to save 150 dollars was not smart, especially considering I would not get the lifetime warranty!

As always, Thank you!

-- Keith

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 02:56 AM

Hey Keith, I have a Rigid 15” DP and have owned it for about 6 years I believe and it has given me very little problems. Infact really the only problem was a breakage issue caused by misuse and the part was sent to me free of charge thru Ridgids warenty program! I am not going to tell you that it compares to higher cost models but for the money i think it should serve You well if you plan on using it for basic drilling ops. I built a new DP table to add to its usefulnesss in the wood shop and it has worked fine for my needs. Good luck on your search and if you have specific questions, feel free to ask…........Rob

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 03:20 AM


Thanks, that’s good to here. I never use to think I needed a drill press, but the more I use even the small one I have, The more I realize how superior it is than the hand drill. Especially for making plugs, or any nice clean hole!

-- Keith

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 03:28 AM

For the same money, you can have this 17” Craftsman model. Shipping adds $65 (to my zipcode), but you can pick it up at a local Sears for free. Just something to consider.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 03:38 AM

That looks very similar, minus the orange. I’ve never been a fan of the newer Craftsman tools, but I’m sure it’s nice. I am planning on talking them down on the Rigid one, if I go that rote!I do like the lifetime warranty. I ordered some parts recently from Craftsman for a RAS and I hung up on the lady saying I can’t believe you guys are still in business. Terrible experience!

-- Keith

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