I would like to buy a drill press. It will be used occasionally, but
definitely needs to handle 1/2" drill bits. I would prefer to buy some
model sold at Home Depot or Lowes or Menards. I could spend up to,
say, $150. A table model would be better, as I do not have much
space. Any specific models that are at least half decent?
Most imports are basically the same now. For $150 you're going to get a smaller
one. I'd prefer Delta's quality control, but I think HD is pushing Ryobi now.
Too bad you're not near here, I have a vintage restored Rockwell benchtop I'd
sell for less than that.
Actually, the Chicom drill presses are not bad for the genre. Most
come with a "3/4" hp motor (who knows what they really are?) and
either a 1/2" chuck or a 5/8" chuck.
For light duty they are decent enough. They all look the same, but
all have different name plates on the front. I bought one in 1982 off
the back of a pickup for $75 and its given me good service since then.
Chuckle..too bad you dont live close...Ive got about 6 of the bench
top models from my recent score and Im getting $45 each for them. I
already sold about 4..I aquired a big lot of them.
This is the standard generic version from harbor freight. I think
they are all made in the same factory..the Red Dragon Noodle and
Machine Tool Collective.
Btw...if you have a HF close by..ask the manager for a better price.
You can get these for around $75 =125 at times, and often the manager
will work with you.
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Home Depot sells a small Ryobi with a crank operated table (just like a
floor standing model). Most other table top drills use a very cumbersome
I would be surprised if you find a current model drill press of any size
that isn't made in China.
In my opinion, Delta quality control is currently a joke.
Hit any Lowe's stores in your area (if you have any?) as soon as you can.
They've been clearing out some Delta tools and have had this drill press on
You're probably too late but you may get lucky and find one. If I remember
correctly the price was either $129 or $139 which is not that far off from
the eBayer's price but his is reconditioned and his shipping ups it quite a
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll
get run over if you just sit there."
- Will Rogers (1879-1935).
So you are selling the wood working tools to make room for the metal
working. I had a hard time selling my wife on this one but one can only give
so much crap. Just tested my stump grinder attachment I made for an old
You're new here, so you probably don't appreciate what a pleasant bunch
of correspondents operate here. We are generally too civil to respond
to an honest and _on topic_ question with "Ignoramus". Thank you, Bob
On 02 Oct 2004 03:55:02 GMT, email@example.com (GTO69RA4) calmly
Why the HELL do you have to live on the wrong coast? :(
Got a list? I won't be flat broke forever.
P.S: You offer free overnight shipping with those, right?
Not really, the only thing in that catagory is I'm unloaded my cheap wood lathe
I never use to make way for the Atlas 10x24. Just finished the stand. Most of
this stuff is getting replaced by bigger WW machines.
My guess would be around 1/4 hp at the most, if they are still using
the type of garbage motors they had back in the 80's. The motor on my
1984 vintage Harbor Freight benchtop model would get so hot you
couldn't touch it after about 15 minutes use, even on light duty work.
Finally the smoke came out one day and the rotor locked up solid, due
to the plastic fan melting and jamming it. I replaced it with an
industrial rated GE 3/4 hp ball bearing motor and have had no further
trouble with it.
Not much difference in the cheap drill presses. I have an
el-cheapo that has had the crap beat out if it. It's been
stalled a million times and fell off the bench at least once
and it still works ok. Nothing great and not a lot of power
but still drills.