Dunno if this'll be good for an argument or not, but here goes:
My drill press is a Northern Tools 16mm capacity / 16 speed job -
similar to the Sealy/Clarke type, I think. Half-way between bench-top
and floor standing. I got it cheep from an auction cos the cut-out
switch that kills it when the drive cover is opened was faulty.
Bypassed the switch with a blade-type fuse and away. (I'm not going to
stick my head/hand/etc in there when the thing is running, so no
Lately it's seeming a little under-powered and inaccurate. The table
is on a rack & pinion, and the rack is screwed to the shaft, but
there's still at least 20mm of side-to-side play when the table is
loosed. I'm using Jacobs chucks on a 2MT.
So I would like to ask y'all: what's a good, well sized, accurate DP?
Fobco? It doesn't need to be super-huge, mega-powerful or laboratory
accurate. Enough to make you think "yes, that's a good drill, not
giving me any concerns".
I've also been using one of them cheep x-y drill vices, with all the
wobbliness they come with. Is an X-Y table with t-slots a good
investment? Being able to line up a hole by just turning a couple of
handles makes life so very easy!
- posted 15 years ago