radial drill press experiences pls.
I'm having to replace my drill press of three years. The original vendor has offered a full refund so I'm going to take advantage of it.
Now, that leaves me with a replacement conundrum. I really like the idea of the versatility of the radial drill press. However, the model I'm looking at is a benchtop BusyBee model CT020N. It is price and performance comparable to what I've got now and other than the radial aspect is very similar to what I have now. However, other people's experience with BusyBee is less than stellar so I figured I'd better go asking before sticking my neck and my pocketbook out.
The two pictures below are of the BusyBee and Grizzly versions. They are parts replacement identical.
Now, I don't expect that I'll be pushing big forstner bits fast through 2" of maple in a hurry or drilling 1" thick steel. I also don't expect that I'll have a machinists quality drill press but then, I'm doing architectural detailing and making jigs and fixtures.
How do you compare a radial with a standard block style? Do you find an advantage with the extended reach of the radial? How about some of the other radial "features" i.e. tilt etc? Any other comments/experiences?
Thanks for the help.