19 years ago
I am building up my workshop having got a lathe & its attendant bits. I am
making small steam models pro temp.
I currently am using an 1100w variable speed drill in a vertical stand of
the B & D type. I use a crab clamp to squeeze the trigger to increase the
speed as required and it works well. I have used shims to remove the side
play on the vertical slide to the extent that it does not "wobble" at the
point of the drill now. I had some problems initially with the drill
wandering off. might be something to do with proper clamping also.
It is OK up to 3/8" drills but I had a monumental Grab when opening out a
1/2" hole and everything started to fly about.
Better get the proper tool for the job, I thought.
Having looked at some drill presses at the lower to medium end of the market
with 6 & 12 speeds I was concerned to note / feel that the quills on many
of them had a lot of play which made the drill tip "wobble" -some were 1/16"
or so. There seems to be no adjustment on these things. I dont want to spend
"milling machine " money but am unsure whether this " wobble "is a problem
or not getting an accurate hole drilled in practice .
There seems a vast array of these cheaper to medium price machines but am I
wasting my money & better advised to stay with what I have?
Your thoughts ,gents please