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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hello fellow woodworkers. I" am looking to buy my first drill press, and for many years i have wanted a Delta 900L, but after doing some researching it seems as though the belts are hard to find and the quality is not what it was several years ago. I would appreciate any insight from anyone who has bought one recently. If not the Delta then what? All opinions welcomed. Thanks mac1
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Quality of most stuff isn't what it used to be. I've got a HF drill press I bought in 1996-7. Still working just fine, and does just what I want it for. Cost new was around $50 or so. And quite possibly made in the same factory that similar, but high priced, drill presses were made.

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Be sure to look at the new Laguna's From what I have seen the are well made.
Here are some ideas: https://www.woodmagazine.com/review/...17-drill-press

https://www.grizzly.com/drill-presses
Not sure what size or what you are using it to make.
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Oh, I so don't like seeing this kind of thread because I'm in serious hate with my 30 year old Delta. But it sorta works ok even if it has massive runout. I really don't want to spring for a new one as my 2020 budget (and some of 2021, for that matter) is allocated for a big new shiny CNC router.

But, if I were, the Lagunas would get serious consideration though I'd probably go for a Griz. I do keep my eye on craigs list and Facebook marketplace hoping a little old widow is parting with a low mileage one.

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If you're looking for a benchtop, consider the WEN. They have a taller bench model that is really nice. It has a continuous speed control without changing belts. It has a laser crosshair that is accurate and helpful. They have a larger floor version as well. I'm very happy with mine. Don't have any room for a floor model. BTW, the casting marks on the WEN are identical to the Jet. Can't speak for the floor model, but the reviews are not bad. Depends on how much you want to spend.
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I have a 20yr old ShopCraft that works for me Grizzly and Harbor Freight will work fine for hobby woodworkers just fine. If you need machinist accuracy or have a large budget go for the best you can afford.

Good luck Also see my drill press table in the forum About $40 to build I used leftover Ply from another project.
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I found a nice Rockwell radial drill press during my tool search a few years ago for just $125 on CL. Cleaned it up, relubed the quill and wired up a light and paddle switch. Remounted it on a rolling cart and use a Chinese XY table for positioning. Super solid rig that can extend 16" out from the post for deeper drilling.

For accuracy, you do have to check runout on a used drill press but it is usually the chuck that has gotten old or was a cheap one and can be replaced.

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What kind of belt? I bought a HF lathe. Guy included an extra belt...from NAPA Auto!
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Look for a used one from the 70's. Most homeowners don't use them that much so there should be plenty of life left in it. I would go for a Craftsman form that era. I can't see paying anything near what the new ones are selling for.
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A shot of my Rockwell radial drill press - reaches 16" from the post and can be tilted up to 90 degrees for angled boring too.
You can also see shelving hardware to adjust overall height and the XY vise and one of the blocks for bringing the workpiece into range of the desired boring height.
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