DP15501 15" Drill Press
I don't know who the manufacturer is but for the moment I'll call them "Mfr X."
This drill press is one of the feature rich versions of "Mfr X" offerings. This one has tool tray, idler pully providing 12 speeds from 300 - 3100 rpm. It provides the standard 3 3/4" spindle travel that is the same for all of Mfr X's machines.
Other common elements of Mfr X machines, the spindle head is common, the column socket is common and the motor mount is common. The base and bottom column socket as well as the table, adjustment handle, rack and column collar are all common. The only column collar with the tool tray that I've seen is this Ridgid.
This manual provides an interesting twist. According to this manual, the feed handles can be mounted on the left or the right of the drill press. Given that this head structure is common across most of the drill presses of this size, it is feasible to assume that all drill presses can be mounted for left or right handed use. Don't assume this to be correct but it might be worth a try. It certainly wouldn't be difficult.
Another feature of this model is the belt tension handle. Mine is not the Ridgid version but the BusyBee Craftex radial arm drill press. The belt adjustment is pretty poor and needs jury rigging to keep it solidly in place. Most versions of the fixed and radial drill presses suffer the same fate as mine. Even some of the expensive versions aren't as nicely fitted out as the Ridgid one is.
Other brands of the basic version with different options are Busy Bee CT020N, Central Machinery 44846, Delta DP350, a whole bunch of General and General International (on the 75-600e the head moves, not the table - this is the only version of Mfr X that has this option that I'm aware of.) Grizzly, King, ShopFox, SteelCity, WMH and so on. Note that 12" drill press can have the same head, column socket and motor mount as the 17" or even the radial arm drill press. Everything I've seen so far bears this out. I'm not sure how close to parts swapable these are though. Certainly my old MasterCraft Maximum and my new Craftex are identical.
As always, these are my observations and subject to revision by others.
Last edited by allthunbs; 03-07-2011 at 08:30 PM.