Has anyone here used Micro-Mark's #82959 drill press?
(Note there is also a link to the owners manual, which has an exploded
It appears to be made by Sieg industries of Shanghai, the same company
that makes the mini-lathe and mini-mill sold by Micro-Mark, Harbor
Freight, and others.
The price is a bit high but maybe not too bad if the quality is
reasonable. Obviously the capacity is limited, but I don't plan to drill
anything much larger than 5/16" in wood or 3/16 in metal.
For me the attraction of this drillpress is that it only weighs 27 lbs,
which makes it semi-portable. I've seen smaller home-built drillpresses,
but all the commercially made ones seem to weigh at least 50 lbs, which
is fine if you're going to bolt it down and never move it. I've used
portable "drill stands" but I've never found one that can really hold a
drill securely (they're better than hand-holding the drill, but that's
not saying much).
I've looked at a bunch of "home shop" web pages, and have not found
anyone who will admit to owning this drill press-- but it's been in
Micro-Mark's catalog for a long time, I wonder if they've sold any?
According to Ron Bean :
Hmm ... beware that you will need a reduced shank drill to get
to your 5/16", as that is larger than the maximum capacity of the
supplied chuck. And since the spindle is a JT-1 (Jacobs Taper 1), I'm
not at all sure that you can get any larger chuck to fit it.
That is what would make me steer away from it -- but I need to
drill larger holes and in tougher materials. I do have a smaller drill
press (A Cameron Precision sensitive drill press -- 0-1/8" capacity, but
even that one is bolted down to the workbench so it does not shift as
I'm using it.
However -- *if* the fit of the quill to the headstock casting is
good, and if there is little to no side play relative to the column, it
might make a fairly nice and inexpensive substitute for a sensitive
drill press, if you're not going down below a #80 bit. In that case, I
would replace the drill chuck with a 0-1/8" Albrecht with a JT-1 socket.
Also -- since it does not mention a Morse taper, the spindle is
one piece, so you can't replace the arbor with a new one if the existing
one gets bent from using it for something too large for the machine.
The drill stands also allow the drill's center to move far too
much from side to side -- at least those which I have used many years
I'm sure that they have, or you would see it in their
"Closeouts" section. It is just that the people who purchase one of
this size probably don't put up such web pages.
Looking at it, I like the speed control, including the fact that
they realize that they can't maintain sufficient torque through the
whole needed speed range without a belt change. I particularly like the
digital depth readout.
I would like the feed to have three levers equally spaced,
instead of just a single lever. That would make certain operations
easier to control with precision.
I would like it to have a MT-1 spindle, so I could change
I would probably prefer more torque than it has available.
(Note that I have never had a chance to try one, so it might surprise
me, but I somehow doubt it.)
Personally, I would rather (and did) go for a floor-standing
drill press which has plenty of speeds (16 in my case), a Morse Taper
spindle (MT-2), and enough mass so it won't move all over the place
while I'm trying to work. A bench press as the *only* drill press is