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Forum topic by abldr posted 01-06-2015 04:18 AM 1272 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2015 04:18 AM

I’ve narrowed my search to the Delta 80-900L or the PM2800B. They’re both about the same cost (which is high). Leaning towards the PM but the complexity of the VS and belt cost (I believe someone said they were in the $!40/set range) although I have to admit the VS would be a whole lot better than the normal belt swapping routine. Anyone have an opinion?


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#1 posted 02-07-2015 06:01 PM

Which one did you go with?

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#2 posted 02-07-2015 07:20 PM

I would stay away from delta as parts are hard to get especially for new machines. I used to do warranty work for Delta and could get parts for very old machines but now you can’t gets parts for machines 5 years old.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 07:23 PM

Buy a Jet , you won’t regret it.

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#4 posted 02-07-2015 11:11 PM

I am thinking about the Powermatic PM2800B.

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#5 posted 02-07-2015 11:16 PM

I want my drillpress purchase to be the one and only one that I ever make.

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 12:20 AM

If you want to buy only 1 dp in your life buy Grizzle model # G7948 12 speed 20” swing drilling capacity in steel 1 1/4” once leveled and attached to the floor you will want for nothing more.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 12:27 AM

I have the delta and have had no problems in three years. Belts if you need them at some point can be purchased from anyone selling that type of belt. I still have two years left on my warranty at this point does not look like I will have to use it.

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 08:35 PM

Sorry for hi jacking abldr’s post, but this is what I learned and decided to go with:

I wanted to buy local and already worrying about parts supply for my New Uni Saw I bought a few years ago, I decided against the Delta. That brought it to 3 choices I could obtain locally. The Jet 17DX and JDP17 plus the Powermatic PM2800B. Not taking cost into account, the Powermatic is of course the most innovative and nicest looking. But it is far from the smoothest of the 3 machines. Side by side, the Powermatic had an obvious vibration/shaking of the head. Both JET units were smooth, quiet and almost vibration free. The 17DX is basically the older sibling of the JDP17. Both are similar with the JDP17 just an updated version. Both are smoother running than the Powermatic, have a broader speed range and are a little more bullet proof because of their simplistic design.

Now putting cost into the picture. As much as I like the Powermatic unit, it just did not seem to me to be twice the DP, as it should be, because it cost twice the price of the JET DP’s.

I went with the JET JDP17. I liked the new belt tension system, depth stop system, LED lighting vs 60w bulb and the laser is separate from the quill assembly. Woodcraft has a 15% off sale on JET/Powermatic tools right now. The JDP17 at $628 vs the PM2800B at $1180 with the sale, made it a no brainier for me and with what I want to do with the DP at this time.

Will it be the one and only DP I buy for life? I can’t honestly answer that. If Powermatic can improve upon their unit with a broader speed range on both sides of the spectrum plus get rid of the vibration in the head I have read so much about and experienced first hand. Maybe not.

As for my newer Delta Uni-Saw, I forsee a SawStop ICS in my shop/garage in the near future.

-- Eugene Dickson

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#9 posted 02-25-2015 05:41 AM

Well, finally decided on a DP, I really wanted to go with the PM2800B but after a lot of research I just couldn’t do it. The final nail in the coffin was when the guy on the PM payroll advised against it! So anyway, there’s now a shiny new 18-900L standing in my shop. Was going to make one of those fancy tables that relocates the table lock and lowering controls out front until I realized it would negate the nifty table tilt options so going to use it bare for now and see how it goes. Thanks for all the input

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