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Well I am about to pull the trigger on a PC DP from Lowes. Anyone here have this? Use this?

ALL the reviews are great and its at a decent price so I thought I would snatchme one up this week/weekend.


Shop PORTER-CABLE 8-Amp 12-Speed Drill Press at Lowes.com

Is the 1 HP motor gonna give me all I need for wood?
12 speed 15" should be all I need
Plus had a 3 yr waranty.

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I got one to replace an old bench top. It is not as nice as the much more expensive ones but is a huge improvement for me. I don't regret buying it.
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1hp is more than enough. Before you buy it though check out Craigs list. You might find a better one for a lot less.
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I picked up the Ridgid at Home Depot 2 years or so ago for $249. and have no regrets at that time it felt more solid than the Porter Cable

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new to the forums, hi all. I bought the pc drill press in
December and am very happy with it.
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Thanks ALL

I did look on CL. Everyone here in Orlando are wants too much for there stuff.

Only one @ depot now is for 499

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I did look on CL. Everyone here in Orlando are wants too much for there stuff.
Only one @ depot now is for 499
Thanks again guys
I have done pretty good with power tools from pawn shops. One of my routers, the scroll saw and a 1/2" chucked hand drill come to mind. I popped 180 for the better of the two Ryobi Drill presses at my local Orange Box. I don't have huge regrets over it now, but would have ended up with more machine for less money had I thought of trying Craig's List out at the time.

Good luck on your quest for a press, those things are darn handy to have around!

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yeah Nothing in the Pawn shops so far. But I did buy a Rigid planer and a 12" dewalt compound miter (705) and got huge deals..

I am goin in the AM to sink my teeth into that PC DP. See what happens with it

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I like the rectangular table my Jet has.
For wood, most of the pieces to be drilled are rectangles.
Better for clamping.

For that matter, every drill press needs a bigger table.

From that Lowe's picture, I can't tell if it has the depth gauge.
The pictures on craigslist are no better -- there could be a depth gauge but the pic is at the wrong angle.
You expect a drill press has handles; why take a picture with that as the featured item?

Last edited by rwl7532; 05-04-2012 at 11:29 PM. Reason: depth gauge... can't see one.
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Yeah it has the dapth gauge. Its a full 4 inches as well. Which is another reason I like it. Plus the laser guide 16 speed, 1 hp etc..etc..

yeah Ill be making a table mod first thing!!!!!!

The handle pic was its good side lmao

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