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I went ahead and bought a 1550 new in box. Home Depot honors competitors coupons so I found a 20% Harbor Freight. Final cost including tax was $255.

I took my own sweet time assembling over 2 days. First day I waxed all the exposed metal including the column, table and cleaned off the packaging grease.

Everything went together well. The top is heavy, about 80 lbs., I did manage to lift it up and on the column myself, not too bad.

In operation it works smooth and relatively quiet. The belt changing and tensioning took some getting used to, but now it's a snap.

Very happy overall since I need this tool to make the holes on cribbage boards. Some fit and finish issues include unnecessary dings and paint smudges on the body and logos. No deal breaker. Directions are a bit vague at points, but it's a somewhat simple setup. I guess there are questions that go unanswered in the manual, like how to know if the chuck is secure and the belt tensioning, but nothing serious.

9 out of 10. I would recommend to a friend.
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Nice. Keeping it in the corner will limit the lenght of your workpiece. I put my drill press on wheels so I can pull it out when necessary.
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I bought one of the Ridgid drill presses at Home Depot and mine went together well and works good. I agree that cleaning up the preservative is not fun. Probably the worst part of assembling it.

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I've seen some home made bases that have wheels like a dolly, stationary, but tipped to one side and it works like a 2-wheeler. I will probably make some sort of mobile base soon.

Belt changing is pretty easy. I wasn't sure at first and before I bought it that I would want to change speeds like that. I've got to say, it's really not that bad or inconvienient. I guess that's the way it's done in the big leagues, so that's good enough for me!

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I found this review of the Ridgid Drill Press quite useful. It's usually a case of you get what you pay for, so you might as full buy the best you can afford, eh?

Good advise, RJM60
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Sweet! I'll tell ya, I own three power tools that are ridgid. First, a couple of years ago I bought a Ridgid miter saw, then about a year ago, my Ridgid router combo, and then recently a Ridgid shopvac. And I've been VERY pleased with all three purchases. And you can't beat the lifetime warranty. Don't know how good that warranty is yet, and hope I never have to find out!
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I have the same drill press mounted on a mobile base. I am amazed with how much I use the thing, couldn't do without it.

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Still loving the DP ! I had to put the woodworking down this season for other matters of the home, lawn and garden. But I did take this out of cold storage for couple passes. I forgot how quiet the machine is. Belt changing really is a snap once you get the hang of it. No regrets!

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