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Forum topic by Rob Drown posted 06-04-2009 08:54 PM 4567 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob Drown

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06-04-2009 08:54 PM

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I am seriously considering this Drill Press.

17” Laser Drill Press. Features Fully adjustable laser pod projects a crosshair on the work piece to indicate the location of bit contact Large redesigned base helps promote greater tool stability Woodworker’s table has a removable insert for through drilling with large bits and accommodates sanding drums as well Unique table is designed to eliminate auxiliary fixtures by tilting left right and forward. It also has a thin flat profile that makes it easier to clamp on fences jigs stops even the work piece itself Large quill stroke capacity allows users to drill a variety of demanding operations Heavy-duty 3/4 HP motor provides ample power for demanding applications Largest in class cast-iron head provides smooth drilling with minimal vibrations Integrated task light provides improved visibility in the drilling area For repeatable hole depths The 17-959L uses a fast single-nut system you push a button to disable the threads and slide the nut over the threaded stop rod. Releasing the button engages the threads for fine tuning the adjustment Manually adjustable belt and pulley system with 16 speeds from 215 to 2720 rpm. Includes 17” Laser Drill Press – 17-959L 3/4 HP Induction Motor 5/8” Chuck Laser Pod 12mm Allen Wrench 5mm Allen Wrench 4mm Allen Wrench 3mm Allen Wrench Drift Key.

What do you think? What about a table that tilts every which way?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真


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#1 posted 06-04-2009 09:33 PM

That’s a really pro drill Rob.
What are you going to do with it?

Bob

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#2 posted 06-05-2009 01:33 AM

just the normal stuff. I dabble in a little metal working also. I love tools and really really love to build tools. I am just learning but that’s the dream.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 06-05-2009 01:39 AM

That machine should keep you very happy in your shop for some time to come Rob.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 06-05-2009 02:11 AM

I own this drill press and am impressed with it so far… But I have really not used the tilting table. But great machine…. I would say at least a couple of people to help you put it together…..................

-- Hrolfr

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 04:00 PM

It looks to me like a tilting table could be a big + if your a chair maker (good for driling out angled mortises) and for angled holes in windser chair seats!
Does it have a fence?
You could add one with a channel on top for hold downs, stop blocks, and the like!
Chaim

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 04:36 PM

you know what the lasers dont work as good as you think once you pull the bit down father then the 2 lines becomce closer which isnt lined up from where you had it before.

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 05:06 PM

The good thing about the lasers on the Delta is that they are mounted to the column not the spindle so the laser does not move. The laser is also really easy to a line.

-- Hrolfr

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#8 posted 06-12-2009 05:51 AM

Thank you guys. Good advice, very cool. Now where is that ship???

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 09:25 AM

Hi Rob, The bearings in my old Atlas DP needed replacement so instead replaced the my 35 year old beast. I choose the 17-959L and enjoy it for wood working. The laser for me is dead on once set up however any accidental bump will throw it off. It is all plastic so it will not stand any kind of impact. The thin table that has no skirt and is bigger surface, is great for clamping over my old Atlas which had an enormous lip. The biggest delight is the table tilting allowing compound axis drilling as mentioned for chair leg flairs.

I use it primarily for wood working and light metal working. I don’t find it quite beefy enough though when drilling 1/4” or heavier steel with large bits. For that I roll out the old Atlas as I found a little deflection in the table on the Delta. I would recommend it if you plan on using it as lightly for metal working and give it 5 stars for wood working. I hope this helps with you decision.

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