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Ok, time to reveal a big secret... When Rockwell split up the hand tool division became Porter Cable and the stationary tool division became Delta. Ok, so it's not exactly a secret but it answers a question. I own a 12" Delta bench top drill press. I am very happy with it, one exception... no depth stop. It turns 3" hole saws with no problem. I bought mine reconditioned at the nearby Porter Cable / Delta service center.(Full warranty, lower cost) If a 1/3 HP drill press will handle your needs you should consider the Craftsman 8" bench top "special purchase" package. It comes with a 3" vice, worklight, and is a rugged little machine. It has a nice adjustable depth stop and will set you back under $100. I have used my friends many times and it is a good value for the money.

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I was actually staying away from Craftsman but since you said that, it gives me something to think about. As a matter of fact, I am trying to sell some of my Craftsman power tools. Little by little I am replacing them with higher end models. I also have some other brand power tools that I would like to get rid of.

Oh yeah, I did see the names Porter-Cable and Delta together before and figured it was like Bosch and Skil. I'm thinking Bosch and Porter-Cable higher end models and Delta, Skil, lower end models.

Anyway back to the subject on the drill press... Mike do you like the Craftsman better your Delta? Hmm....

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The depth stop is the only item I like better on the Craftsman. Other than that I choose my Delta hands down. While we are on the subject of PC/Delta, they each have their own web sites where you can download parts lists, owners manuals, etc. If you want to see all the models available it's worth a look. In addition you can register and get an email once a month and a chance to win some nice items such as a Tiger saw or a 10" Razor variable tooth saw blade. Check to see if there is a service facility near you since this is the place to find great deals on reconditioned tools. I paid $179 for my 12" drill press w/worklight & tool tray. Next week I am getting an FC350A clipped head framing nailer. In the Detroit area HD & Lowes sell this item for $229; at the service center it is $180 with the same warranty. You might find it cheaper on Ebay or Amazon, but I prefer to buy where I can get instant service.

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Yeah, I'll be checking out and comparing what's out there. Thanks again Mike! Later...

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Hello Boricua,

I bought the Harbor Freight Central Machinery Drill Press 12 SPEED FLOOR Drill Press, when I bought mine it was on sale for $299.00. It may be bigger than what you want to use it for now. But after buying mine and using it for over a year. It has done eveything that I needed it to do and never slowed down. I looked at Sears, Home Depot and Lowe's at their drill presses and I liked the way this one was built but that is just me. Right now I have a wood table mounted on it for Sanding and boring large holes.


I also talked with my Brother who uses his large drill press in his Wood and welding business and he said if you want a Drill press he said to buy bigger than what you need now because if you buy a small one then you will need a large one later.
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Thanks for the advice. You know I keep thinking the same thing also. The only issue that I have is that I don't have enough shop space for a floor model. I'll see what I can do. Thanks again....

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Well Boricua I'm taking my own advice on Thursday I will either be a proud owner of the 8" or the baby drill press from Grizzly. I will be going there and play in there back room to see what else I can buy and beg. They have a room in the rear of the warehouse were you can try some of there products out makes me drool just thinking about it. I'll tell you all how I will make out.
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You lucky guy. I didn't know you was close to their warehouse. Or are you? I sure wish I was so I can go ahead and do the same. Well I'll be looking forward to what you find out... later...

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You lucky guy. I didn't know you was close to their warehouse. Or are you? I sure wish I was so I can go ahead and do the same. Well I'll be looking forward to what you find out... later...
It's about a hour and fifteen minutes from my house. I'll be sure to tell you how I make out. That's for the exitment of going there. Like a kid in a toy or candy store.
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