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For people with reduced vision adding one of the aftermarket laser devices to their drill press may help. While the laser lines do not photograph well I can assure you that they are quite bright even with the work light focused on the tiny hole they are centered on. This could also save on set up time for everyone.

How many of you have/use the drill press laser devices?
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Mike I'd love to have a laser on my drill press . I didn't know they made aftermarket systems, and wonder if it will fit that beast of mine ?


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I've looked at them in the store but no experience.

Can you mention the manufacturer in your photo? Comments regarding difficulty to set them up, stability of the image over time etc will be appreciated.

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turned them or removed them all together...

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Have one (buit in), used it a couple times, don't trust it - it comes close but not totally accurate. it varies with the thickness of the wood, position of the table
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Thanks John . Looks like it will fit mine no problem , at least I believe so anyways now that I see how it works.
I always wondered how they project a laser when the chucks in the way , but now I understand how they pulled it off by using two lasers mounted off to the side

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Rick, the model I installed is from Peachtree and I am sure it would work on your drill press. It came with two different sized clamps so it could fit different machines.

Jon, it took about 30 minutes to get the lasers dialed in. There are two adjustments on each laser and it is easy for one adjustment to drift while adjusting the other.

Mark, I wonder if the beam direction and angle are fully adjustable on your drill press? Could you please post a photo of the laser housing? This is a learning experience for all of us. If the location varies at different table heights I suspect the beam angle is not perfectly vertical.

I will get a couple of close up photos of the right laser head showing how the adjustments are made and the alignment tool.
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Have one (buit in), used it a couple times, don't trust it - it comes close but not totally accurate. it varies with the thickness of the wood, position of the table
Ok I never thought it going out of alignment when you change the table height .
That would certainly be a deal breaker
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Rick, the model I installed is from Peachtree and I am sure it would work on your drill press. It came with two different sized clamps so it could fit different machines.

Jon, it took about 30 minutes to get the lasers dialed in. There are two adjustments on each laser and it is easy for one adjustment to drift while adjusting the other.

Mark, I wonder if the beam direction and angle are fully adjustable on your drill press? Could you please post a photo of the laser housing? This is a learning experience for all of us. If the location varies at different table heights I suspect the beam angle is not perfectly vertical.

I will get a couple of close up photos of the right laser head showing how the adjustments are made and the alignment tool.
According to the photo that you showed Mike they can't possibly be shining vertically. They are about 3 " to either side. Since there is parallax involved you would have to do as Mark said and refocus every time you moved the table up or down. If it takes 30 minutes every time you do that it would be a terrible PITA.
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