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Forum topic by walksonwater posted 04-17-2009 05:20 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2009 05:20 PM

hello all, i am new at woodworking. well let’s say it’s been since hight school, any way’s i am looking for a drill press and was wondering what size would work well for basic woodworking projects. like furniture making ridge has a drill press that is 16 or 17 inches for 299.00 and there are others that are in sizes 10 to 17inches WHAT DO MOST OF YOU USE WOULS A DRILL PRESS 12 INCHES BE OK THANKS./

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 05:40 PM

please help need to purchase a drill press today what’s a good all around size garage shop drill press.

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 05:45 PM

I use my 15 1/2” bench top and find it good. Sometimes it comes up a little short though.

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 06:00 PM

I had a 12 in bench top and recently upgraded to a 17in floor and WOW what a difference!!!!!

-- Hrolfr

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 07:42 PM

A 12” is better than none, a 17” is better than a 12”, and a floor model is better than a tabletop, yada, yada, yada. This is true, because I’ve had all of them. Buy what you can afford, you can always upgrade, or downgrade for that manner. The biggest difference is the length of travel, most are about 4.5”, the Steel City and maybe a few others are 6”, buy what what you need.

Good Luck.

-- -JimmyC...Clayton,NC- "Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave"

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#5 posted 04-17-2009 08:19 PM

If you can afford it, and have the space for it – get a floor model. I have a 16.5” delta, never was limited by it’s reach, it’s more stable than a benchtop model, and has a longer capacity under the bit, and also a deeper reach to the column. try to see if you can find a used on on craigslist or something like that, there haven’t been any major extreme improvements in drill presses in the last 20 years… so you might be able to find a good large used one for a good price, and with a few shop made props ,make it even better than any newer models.

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#6 posted 04-17-2009 08:33 PM

i built projects for a decade with just a hand drill.. i have a large floor model without any fancy features, but it drills a hole..

a high end drill press would not be on my short list for a new woodworker

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#7 posted 04-17-2009 09:04 PM

My cousin has the RIGID and it works real well. I have a Jet floor model and I have never had any problems with it, they both do a great job. For the price I would recomend the Rigid for you.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#8 posted 04-17-2009 09:44 PM

I have two floor model presses, which I like due to the fact they don’t take up bench space. One of them has a one horse motor, which is set up as a dedicated mortiser, and the other a half horse, which I use for general drilling. Currently I’m looking for a motor to upgrade the smaller one. It works ok for drilling small holes, but if you put in a forstner bit over 1 1/2”, it will drag the motor to a stop. My 2 cents is to make sure you get one with enough power for everything you plan to do with it.

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