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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking to get a drill press. As much as I'd like to fork up the money and get a really nice one, I can't afford it. I'm trying to find one for under $200. It seems like this budget leaves me with mostly generic brands. I originally planned on getting a Craftsman 21900, but they must be discontinuing it because there's only 1 in stock within a 300 mile radius of me (and I'm not willing to drive the distance to get it).

Any thoughts on what would be the best one for under $200?
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Floor standing or tabletop?

But I have found the Ryobi stuff to be "good enough" for occasional use. And it is usually the least expensive of the options. I have a router, corded drill, corded jigsaw and circular saw from them.

I do not have a Ryobi DP though; I was fortunate enough to grab an older (US made) Craftsman 15" DP at a garage sale a couple years back. Estate sales are good for tools too.

I am starting to lose faith in Craftsman. Some of it is made in China now and total crap. I got a 30 gal compressor from them last fall and it did not work even the first time I tried to use it (bad regulator).
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I wouldn't be opposed to getting a floor standing, but I don't think there any in my price range. So I was looking at benchtop models. In the past few years I started building up a nice collection of tools, and I always do a ton of research before buying anything. Craftsman hasn't made the cut yet for me. Reviews are generally poor for most of their tools, but surprisingly that drill press I mentioned had really good reviews. So I was willing to give it a shot.
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Check Home Depot and look at the Ridgid, I picked up one about 3 years ago for about $250 and have been very happy with it

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Check Home Depot and look at the Ridgid, I picked up one about 3 years ago for about $250 and have been very happy with it
I only see 1 Ridgid drill press on Home Depot's website and it's $500.
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Grizzly has 2 bench top models for under $200. I have the radial drill press from them and love it.

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I've bought a nunber of tools through online classifieds, and have been very happy with the results, as the stuff people are selling often haasn't been much used. I got my drill press for half price, virtually unused. Give the classifieds a look.

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When I'm looking over the specs of these drill presses, I'm confused by the definition of stroke. As I udnerstand it, it's the depth it can drill. Wouldn't that all depend on how deep you have your bit set? And wouldn't it also depend on the height that you set the surface table? It seems to me that I can drill a 4" hole on any drill press if my bit is long enough, no?
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Kevin, try looking for the Delta DP300 12" bench top model reconditioned. Seems like I paid about $150 for mine.
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I'm looking to get a drill press. As much as I'd like to fork up the money and get a really nice one, I can't afford it. I'm trying to find one for under $200. It seems like this budget leaves me with mostly generic brands. I originally planned on getting a Craftsman 21900, but they must be discontinuing it because there's only 1 in stock within a 300 mile radius of me (and I'm not willing to drive the distance to get it).

Any thoughts on what would be the best one for under $200?
Whatever you can get off craigslist. There are a couple of 13-15" floor standing drill presses currently listed in my area for that price range.

Given the vintage of some I'd expect them to work better than a current $400+ Delta (wood walked off the table on mine due to vibration until I upgraded to link belts).
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