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Forum topic by ernieb posted 09-10-2007 03:39 AM 2229 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2007 03:39 AM

hello to all, i am new to this site but really enjoy reading the blogs, forums and seeing the projects you’ve made. i’ve been a carpenter since 1983 but began to be interested in furniture making and cabinetry in 2000. i really enjoy woodworking and being that i do this for a living, i’m always looking to pick up any info no matter how trivial it might seem to be.

i’d like some input from you woodjocks. what drillpress would you recommend? the one i’m thinking of is the grizzly hd tabletop 3/4 horse model. any comments or advice?

thanks for any help

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 04:05 AM

I’m not much help here. I’ve used the same old ShopSmith for the last 17 years and another one before that. They are a great drill press and I lay it down for a big disc sander and occasionaly use the lathe. I keep thinking about a new drill press but what the heck…..

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 05:03 AM

I have a Rigid drill press with Rockler table on it. Works great. I also just got a used Rockwell Radial Drill press, but have not had much time to play with it. Been working too much.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 05:06 AM

I have a bunch of Grizzly tools. No complaints. Good product, Good price and good service.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 05:20 AM

thanks thos., waynec and brunob for your advice. i think i’m going to try ridgid for the spindle sander. as far as the drill press, i’m still leaning towards the grizzly. ihave the 3 hp grizzly cabinetsaw. i’ve had that 4 years now. it’s a beast-with a freud ripping blade on it it treats 8/4 walnut like 1/4’’ plywood. also have a grizzly 6’’ jointer. works excellent!! why do they make 6’’ joiners?!! at the time i had the $$ to get a 12’’ but i was ignorant and thought of a joiner as only an edge preparing machine. if i only knew then what i know now!

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 08:45 AM

I got the new variable speed powermatic… I love it… the one thing I thought I might wait on the Delta for was the table but I have not yet run into a situation where having a 2 way tilting table would have saved the day… Someday maybe….


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 08:49 PM

You’re in luck. Fine Woodworking just did a benchtop DP review. Check their site for the full article or I can send it to you by email if you’d like. Not sure that it’s appropriate to post it here. The results had the General Intl 75-100 and the Jet JDP-15M as overall winners. The Grizzly G7942 got top value. There prices liste are $450, $350, & $200 (Gen, Jet, Griz.) and have motors that are 3/4, 3/4, and 1/2HP (same). The two factors they said that really matters are power and plunge depth. I have a Delta 200 (1/2HP approx $120) that has no frills, but I have never had it not do what I need it to with a couple jigs and shop built table. My only complaint is the cheasy depth stop. The above models all have much easier depth control and easier belt changes. If it died today, I’d go with the Grizzly. My 2 Grizzly machines have met my needs.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 09-11-2007 03:50 AM

drew and jeff

thanks for the input. i would like to have a powermatic but i’m pretty sure that it’s out of the budget. i’m 80% sure that i’ll go with grizzly although jeff has me thinking about checking out delta. i’m primarily looking for woodworking capability (mortises, countersinking, drumsanding) i don’t need a lot of speeds just something that won’t bog down when things get tough and drills straight and dead on. as long as i’ve got sharp bits there’s half the battle won.

is there much involved in setting up a drillpress? much assembly required?

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#8 posted 09-11-2007 05:06 AM

Usually mounting the post in the base and the head on the post. And maybe the motor on the upper head.

Putting together give you the experience in adjusting them if necessary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 10-02-2007 05:09 AM

Ernie: To see the setup instructions, you can usually download the manual in .pdf form from the web site.

Anyone have any experience with the Steel City Tool Works drill press?

-- Rakudrama

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