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I need a recommendation on a drill press. Should I get an 8 or 10 ". Has anyone heard anything about the when press?
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Yup, I have one, but it's the 12 inch model. It has variable speed you set with a lever and will drill through something pretty thick. https://www.amazon.com/WEN-4214-12-I...70_&dpSrc=srch

It was about $220 on sale. Given tight budgets, I'd go for a minimum of 10 inches, but it doesn't have the lever to set speed, it requires rerouting belts and switching pullys. Not hard, but not easy either. The 10 inch model also has a much shorter post, which can affect how deep it is possible to drill.

The machine, however, has been excellent. The 12 inch is identical to the Jet DP, down to casting marks, but sells for much less. Search to see if you can find the lowest price. I got mine through WallMart so there was no delivery charge.

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I would say it depends on what you are going to do with it. Around 1997 or so, got me a HF drill press, for around $50. Don't know how many inches it is, but it was just what I needed then, and still using it. It answers all my drilling needs. Similar is now around $68. It drills, it is accurate enough, I don't need anything else for what I do.

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Bigger the better. Check Craigslist stay away from an 8 inch machine (trust me)


If cash is tight, a https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milescra...yABEgJnE_D_BwE drill guide will serve you better than a tiny drill press
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Got a Delta benchtop DP. So far, so good.

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Joe, I have a Delta bench top unit that I've had for years. It's ok, but mine doesn't drill at a perfect right angle front to back. It's off by about a half degree, and can not be corrected without re machining the mounting faces. Other than that, the only complaint I have is the drilling depth is only about 2-1/2", Which presents problems sometimes when I drill a pilot hole, then switch to a larger bit and have to re adjust the table to provide the clearance for a longer bit. When I re adjust the table, it also swivels and must re align the holes. If I were looking for a new one I would want one that has a quill drilling depth of around 6", and a table that tracks vertically (guided) up and down, and can be swiveled (horizontally) when un guided.
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I have a General 10'' floor model that I really like. I didn't know that some models have a lever to adjust the speed, I like that, however how often do we really change the speed ??? only occasionally when a large diameter hole or a very thick dense hardwood, Remember these were originally intended for metals and you frequently need to change speeds for that.

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If you can find a used Shopsmith in your area, that drill press is exceptionally capable. Plus, you'd get all it's other capabilities. I've seen them go for $100 on Craig's list.

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Yup, I have one, but it's the 12 inch model. It has variable speed you set with a lever and will drill through something pretty thick. https://www.amazon.com/WEN-4214-12-I...70_&dpSrc=srch

It was about $220 on sale. Given tight budgets, I'd go for a minimum of 10 inches, but it doesn't have the lever to set speed, it requires rerouting belts and switching pullys. Not hard, but not easy either. The 10 inch model also has a much shorter post, which can affect how deep it is possible to drill.

The machine, however, has been excellent. The 12 inch is identical to the Jet DP, down to casting marks, but sells for much less. Search to see if you can find the lowest price. I got mine through WallMart so there was no delivery charge.

Have you found the woodworkers in your congregation yet? Look to the older guys.
Actually there’s two. Anytime I ask them they say they don’t know much when it comes to buying. The one is 93 he made horse and buggy trunks for a living. I think they both have floor models.

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