Need a good reasonable priced bench drill, the one I have has given up, the chuck and return spring refuse to operate. I also have loads of morse taper bits that I can only use on my Myford Lathe . Perhaps I maybe find one with a morse taper ?
Depends on how much you use it, really. I've had my Delta for years, and it's been great. And this thing was literally thrown from it's bench when I was driving Beastie (my mobile workshop) to his destination Before I got smart and had it bolted down lol
I just had this same discussion with my oldest son, whom is now into woodworking. Forget about the cheap-end drills as these are usually 2 bearing units with no way to align them types. Since you also have a metal lathe your bit spread is probably 1/32" to 5/8". The consumer mid-range drill will normally have a MT2 internal taper with 4 bearings in the head assembly and a MT2 TO JT3 OR 33 for the chuck. Some British models will have a MT2 to 5/8"x16 for the chuck. For a decent quality unit to be used on both metal and wood with a 3 to 4" stroke and 1hp motor expect to pay 600+ US dollars, used is a good possibility and I have even seen Clausings go for under 500.00 -used, at auction. Jet, Powermatic, Delta all have residential and Pro lines over here and I am assuming the same is true for you. I have a 17" Jet from the Pro-metal line and it was about 900.00$ new in 2008 - 1.5 hp and the motor got fried during the conversion to 220vac due to a bad schematic - Jet had a new motor in my hands in 48 hours. Whatever you do size your drill for the toughest application you will need, avoid a "split case" drill and make sure the bearings and spindle are aligned properly from the factory. If you decide to go with a true variable speed unit or gear head unit then the cost can double or triple.
Buying drill press is like getting a good woman. Be selective and choose wisely. After you have made the deal. Treat her with respect and dignity and she serve well for a lifetime. Mine is an old Chicago Machine. Not the best probably, but still runs well and as true as an arrow
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