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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?

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Ron I have the floor model radial drill press from Busy Bee. Once I got it set up properly it has worked great for me. There is a lot of advantages to the radial head and the extended reach. The first time you need one of these features you will be glad you bought it. I bought mine on sale so the price difference between the radial head and the standard floor model was insignifigant.

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Thanks Deb. Can you measure the diameter of the column for me please, right at the top, next to the top mounting collar. Mine is 2 9/16ths inches.

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I came up with 2.750.

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One thing I will add, I don't have mine bolted to the floor, I had to build an extra wide rolling base for it as I need everything in my small shop mobile. Even on the extra wide base it still feels a little like it wants to tip. Extending/rotating the head really shifts the center of gravity. If you get the bench model plan on bolting it down. It is recommended in the manual and I know why!

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One thing I will add, I don't have mine bolted to the floor, I had to build an extra wide rolling base for it as I need everything in my small shop mobile. Even on the extra wide base it still feels a little like it wants to tip. Extending/rotating the head really shifts the center of gravity. If you get the bench model plan on bolting it down. It is recommended in the manual and I know why!
Ok, I have a different situation. I prepared a 2'x4' x 36" tall module for mine. In it I put a car jack and a "race" to lift and drop the column in. Then I mounted the column to the top of the car jack so I could lift the head up and down without moving the table. That worked beautifully except that I had to resquare the head every time I moved it and that wasn't easy. It was at least 1/2 hour each time.

I'm thinking I might put on an hydraulic cylinder if I can find one cheap enough.

Ok, back to the drawing board. I thought (hoping) your column might be smaller.

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