Well, f'sure Wilton is no longer Wilton....
But 9 years ago I spent $405 on mebbe a 10" import, and sears was about the
same. You don't seem to be able to find the drill-press equivalent of the
4x6 horz'l saw.
So mebbe $500 for a 15" is not so bad.
I would check HF first, tho. I spent $500 on a Dayton winch from goddamm
Grainger years ago, and just bought another one, better/quieter for $75 at
formerly Droll Troll
Oh yeah, actually a 17" dp--8.5" from chuck to column. So slightly bigger
than the enco deal.
Poor quality, actually, but, like the 4x6 saw, has been pretty
Plus, it gives me ample opportunity to complain. :)
Floor standing, 5/8" chuck (lousy chuck), swivel/tilting table, zillion
speeds (3 stepped pulley system). Pretty heavy.
Added a worklight, outlets, and fooled w/ the motor windings so's I can
reverse the 1 ph motor, as I was doing a lot of tapping at one time, and
needed to get the tap out some way.
But nothing, it seems, can be worse than the new spate of home shop tools
Sears is hustling. Ostensibly nice bandsaws, etc, but really just absolute
It seems to me the designers had to go out of their way to make stuff that
bad. Seems to me it would be *easier* to make half-decent stuff, by just
dumbing down (a little) the good stuff that already exists.
formerly Droll Troll
Wilton at one time used to make some pretty darn good stuff, however
now most of what they make mimicks the import crap..........I looked
at a Wilton metal cutting bandsaw a few years back, and it IMHO was
cheezy for the asking price.....Thats what prompted me to make my own
20" 3-wheel metal cutting bandsaw which is as good as any Wilton or
Jet IMHO. Other than a crapped out speed control which I had bought
used, its worked like a champ, has never had any problems and its used
hard all the time. I do not know what DoAll or others could offer in
the way of improvements or doing it any better but if it works it
works.......but I still hate paying for junk .
Years back when the local HF opened up here I was in the market for a
drill press myself. I went through 3 HF floor models that had such
excessive runout and slop, and left a lot to be desired. Then I
stumbled on an old Delta, which is a real champ. We had a Wiolton DP,
as well as 3 Deltas of various sizes at work, and the Wilton was a
much better drill press than those newer Deltas were, but the Wilton
was also an older model so that probably has a lot to do with it.
Wilton is now part of WMH group, which also includes Jet. It's
probably a pretty good-quality import. I have a Wilton vertical
bandsaw that I have been quite satisfied with. It's no Do-All, but
at 1/3 the price I didn't expect it to be.
I had this drill press. Way overpriced for the it's level of quality.
I sold mine and got 17" floor model ShopFox for $270.
Same level of quality bigger machine. Wish I could spend $1000 on drill press
and get a
decent machine not import crap :(
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