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Forum topic by JeffP posted 03-09-2015 11:15 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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03-09-2015 11:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press

Can somebody please explain to me what it is that manufacturers are measuring when they call a drill press a “15 inch” drill press?

It does NOT appear to be:
1) distance between post and bit
2) distance between chuck and lowest table position
3) max quill travel
4) masculine length of the designer

what the heck are they measuring?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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#1 posted 03-09-2015 11:22 PM

A quick google would have answered your question with the first result:

http://www.homedepot.com/c/drill_presses_HT_BG_TH

Courtesy of the BORG of all places ;)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 11:23 PM

Per the drill wikipedia

...”The size of a drill press is typically measured in terms of swing. Swing is defined as twice the throat distance, which is the distance from the center of the spindle to the closest edge of the pillar. For example, a 16-inch (410 mm) drill press has an 8-inch (200 mm) throat distance.”

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 12:38 AM

Those darn marketing people again. Why double? Simply because it is a bigger number I suppose.

I continue to believe that the only people worse than lawyers are marketing people. May god bless and keep marketing people…FAR AWAY FROM ME!

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 01:32 AM

That makes total sense, actually. A 15” drill press can drill in the center of a 15” piece of lumber,circle, whatever is up to 15” from the throat. I learned something new today. :)

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 06:48 PM

DP’s follow the same nomenclature as lathes. “Swing” is the diameter of work that can be handled on a lathe. A DP is much like a lathe turned on it’s side. As far as I know, DP’s have always been measured by swing, long before marketing people.

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 07:05 PM

“long before marketing people.”
Never in the history of humans was there such a glorious time on this planet.

It is the world’s second oldest profession…and similarly short on ethics.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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