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Im no by means rich so I looked at few drill presss and came across these to.. I know they arnt stationary but those ones are more pricey.. Please tell me what you think of the two. thanks



DELTA DP350 Shopmaster 1/3HP 12-Inch Bench Drill Press

Amazon.com: DELTA DP350 Shopmaster 1/3HP 12-Inch Bench Drill Press: Home Improvement

DELTA DP300L 12-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press

Amazon.com: DELTA DP300L 12-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press: Home Improvement
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I own a DP350 and am very pleased with it.
I think lasers on tools are a waste.

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I think out of any tool the Drill press benefits from the laser most.

When I have to spin an inlay and drill 40 holes in an exact placement, with the laser I can do it free hand with no jig and just line up the center of the hole with the laser X in a second or two.

Out of three friends that thought they were useless on my drill press immediately changed their minds once actually trying mine for a day.

The biggest hassle is always lining up the bit dead center and the laser is the fastest, simplest most accurate way to do it. Everyone has proabably experienced just missing lining up a hole perfectly even after bringing down the bit 3 or 4 times. Once you are set up the laser eliminates any and all guess work and you can line up dead center without ever touching the quill and lowering the bit.

I was never much for lasers, but my only regret was not getting one for my drill press a long time ago.

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I second your opinion on the lasers, Nick. I do agree they aren't all that useful anywhere other than the drill press tho. When I bought my floor model, the first thing I did was transfer the laser to it off the table model.

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Thanks guys.. LAst night i went ahead and i did order the DELTA DP300L 12-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press

Guess i picked the right one.. hehe. cant wait til it gets here!!
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I'll add a third endorsement of lasers on DPs. It works pretty good on my 9MM, too. No, not the same one!

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I own a DP350 and am very pleased with it.
I think lasers on tools are a waste.
Possibly, but you've got to admit that they look cool!

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I have a Delta DP 300 and it has always handled any task. No lasers, and I bought mine from the service center reconditioned. Good chance this was the best $125 tool bargain I have found.

The laser assembly can be added to the DP300 model for about $40. DeWalt Service Centers are clueless about this so you need to know the following part numbers:

A14320 LASER ASSEMBLY $28.24
A14321 MOUNTING BRACKET $1.76
A14325 ROD-LASER CALIBRATION $6.35
You will also need two each of M5X40 SHCS, lock washers and nuts.

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While we are discussing shopping for drill presses I'll add my two cents.

I scoured craigslist for quite awhile. I was looking for a floor model and it had to have the depth gauge and a light.

What I found was a floor model Jet with a 15" swing for $225 and the seller threw in the mobile base!!

The downside of craigslist is the pictures are often too small and the sellers don't know what is important on a drill press. Many don't even know the model numbers.

To the original poster, it would be valuable if you post your comments on your purchase. We'd all benefit. Thanks!!
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