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Default 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.
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Originally Posted by nancybrown View Post
Does this drill press have a laser?
that depends on the brand and vendor and model. Why you would want a laser, I don't comprehend. A good jig is more accurate for repeatable operations and nothing beats following the tip of the bit for precision. I'd spend the money on a good set of bits --- depending on the material

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Can I drill an 18" dowel for a peace pipe?
the stroke of these machines is meant for flat wood or flat steel. for 18" stroke you'll probably want a horizontal borer similar to what gun smiths use. If you're into making wind instruments like recorders etc. you might want to find a lathe with a steady support or similar. Be careful when you select your chisel. too weak a steel and you'll get chatter part way down your barrel ruining your workpiece.

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Can you drill 1/4" steel plate with this drill press?
Depends on the steel. Mild steel with lots of coolant and a sharp bit --- certainly reasonable to expect any drill press to do it. the problem is supporting your stock. Most vertical drill presses have a tiny table with vertical adjustment. My radial I setup so the drillpress moves vertically and my table is fixed. That gives me lots of support for large and awkward pieces. It's a pain to adjust but it is do-able.

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can it work with 220v?
All drill presses except the huge industrial jobs for drilling steam engine wheels etc. can support a 220V motor but why? The amount you use a drill press is minor compared to other machines. I do agree it drills a nice vertical hole but you can do that with household current.

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I am waiting for your answer...
Please excuse my tardiness. I seldom read this forum any more. I studied routers and as an adjunct created comparative charts when I needed a tool. There are other essays on drill presses etc. on this forum. You might seek them out.
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You don't know who the manufacturer is, yet the PDF clearly says Ridgid, and you call it a Ridgid. Sounds like a sales pitch.

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