Looking for a drill press

I didn't think this would turn out to take so much effort.
I'm looking for a drill press--nothing fancy, 16 or 17" diameter swing.
One firm requirement is a T slotted table. I don't need variable speed. I don't mind buying new or used in good shape. I was thinking I could buy new for maybe $300 (import).
I've seen these various places, but they don't seem to exist any more. Enco has great pics of them with T slotted tables; these models are all discontinued (I called and spent about 20 minutes on the phone with them). Their suppliers now only sell the simple six slotted round tables. Other sellers don't seem to have anything different.
Any suggestions where I can get one? I've been shopping the used market (persistently) for about six months with no luck.
Thanks much, Steve Smith Maine
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snipped-for-privacy@alum.mit.edu says...

There's a 2-spindle job with t-slotted table for auction tomorrow morning in Waterville. I'll be there doing a little bottom fishing.
About halfway down the right side of this page.
http://www.keenanauction.com/images.cgi?a -51
Ned Simmons
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Thanks Ned. Looks like a pretty interesting auction.
Steve
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snipped-for-privacy@alum.mit.edu says...

If you go, introduce yourself. I'll be wearing black jeans and carrying a fluorescent green clipboard. Sorry, no carnation.
Ned Simmons
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Ned Simmons wrote:

The two sweetest words from an auctioneer- "no interest?" answered with a reluctant $5 offer

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walter snipped-for-privacy@unforgiven.com says...

Ah yes, music to my ears. Unfortunately not much of that today except on stuff that was bigger than I was prepared to deal with. But the drill press in question did sell for $175. It was a relatively rugged machine as multi-spindles go, 150 RPM lowest speed and power feeds on both heads.
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One firm requirement is a T slotted table. I don't need variable speed. I don't mind buying new or used in good shape. I was thinking I could buy new for maybe $300 (import).<<
That price may be unrealistic unless you luck up and find a great deal at an auction. Even the two that Harbor Freight sells with t-slotted tables are $460 and $530.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber9955 http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber9
Best Regards, Keith Marshall snipped-for-privacy@progressivelogic.com
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The 17" models go for that price. The HF ones aren't out of the question, just that I'm a little leary of not being able to check them out in person (no HF nearby). I'd seen the 9 speed, somehow missed the 12 speed. Thanks!
Steve
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On Thu, 19 Feb 2004 00:52:22 GMT, "Keith Marshall"

I purchased this one...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber9955
...on sale for $300 a year ago and am very pleased with it. The large chuck won't close down on smaller drill sizes, so I got a couple of smaller chucks for it. Spindle runout is negligible.
Our local H-F store had it on sale, again, for the same price up until the 20th of this month. It appears as if H-F's sale on this item is a yearly event.
Orrin
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Thanks everyone.
Steve
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Unfortunately used drill presses are really tough to come by. I think the fact that they cross over into woodworking has something to do with it, but in any tag sale or garage sale, those are the first things to go ("we had one here but uncle harry wanted it," or "that was the first thing we sold") and many of the used ones are pretty clapped out.
I finally purchased a walker turner from Dave Sobel.
Jim
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The 20" models are so much better than the 16" ones, for some reason. I bought a 20" Delta a few years ago, and I'm very happy with it. The difference seems to be in the smoothness of the rotation, but the doubling of mass helps a lot too.
Brian
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Steve - I believe some of the older 17" Rockwell-Delta drill presses came with a T-slotted table. I have one with the smaller table, without T-slots, and like it much better than the 1HP Harbor Freight model I had bought new for $250. I sold the HF a few years ago for $150 and paid that for the used Rockwell model. Much better drill press IMHO. Good luck, John
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