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I am looking for a floor model variable speed drill press. Would appreciate any recommendations.

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I have a 20+ year old grizzly that I received a couple years ago. I cleaned it up, and it works great. Grizzly has a pretty good line of drill presses.

One thing I will point out, is most drill presses are designed around metal working, and the tables really aren't designed well for woodworking. This is why you see so many plans for DP tables out on the Internet. There are two companies that make drill presses that really are geared towards woodworking with really nice tables that I believe can accept inserts to help prevent tear-out when drilling. One comes from Delta, which I am sure is a decent machine. However, Delta was recently bought by a new company and has been experiencing significant growing pains, so you may want to factor that into a purchase decision. Powermatic also makes a very nice drill press, and the company is on a much more solid footing right now. Both the Delta and Powermatic drill presses are expensive when compared to Grizzly and other brand drill presses.

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Thanks Mike

I have a few Grizzly machines and have been pleased. When I checked Grizzly they only showed 5 and 12 speed presses(not variable).

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Al; mine's a JET and I like it well enough but as Mike (G316) suggested it's not perfect for woodworking. The two things that I would keep in mind is the depth of vertical movement (stroke), and the horizontal clearance to the column (swing). Those are both major limiting factors.
I might also add that although I certainly don't have a better design in mind, I really dislike the ergonomic limitation of the spoke type stroke handle (proper name?). I can't get a full downstroke without having to re-position my hand part way down. I think a steering wheel with a knob might be more user friendly; any thoughts?
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I got my Jet in 1960 and it's great drill press it's the older type painted Green but has given many years of service and I still use it all the time..

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Older (>40 years) Iron often simpler and better than the new cheap (<$1000) machines.
Rockwell, for example.
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I have a 15 or so year old Delta 16 1/2" and it works okay. I had to have it repaired from new. Dowels would fall out of the holes I drilled for them. I put a brad point bit in it and just touched the surface of a board and it scribed a circle that was 1/32" in diameter minimum. Out of 10 stars I would only give it about 5.

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Al; mine's a JET and I like it well enough but as Mike (G316) suggested it's not perfect for woodworking. The two things that I would keep in mind is the depth of vertical movement (stroke), and the horizontal clearance to the column (swing). Those are both major limiting factors.
I might also add that although I certainly don't have a better design in mind, I really dislike the ergonomic limitation of the spoke type stroke handle (proper name?). I can't get a full downstroke without having to re-position my hand part way down. I think a steering wheel with a knob might be more user friendly; any thoughts?
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I checked out Jet and they are a bit pricey for a variable speed ($1200 - $4000). My limit would be about $1000.00

You could always build yourself a hand crank. I recently built one for a router lift that I built for my nephews.

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I got my Jet in 1960 and it's great drill press it's the older type painted Green but has given many years of service and I still use it all the time..

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I have checked craig's list for older machines and I have not seen any in my area. I believe old iron was manufactured at a higher standard. Guess I will keep looking.

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I have a 15 or so year old Delta 16 1/2" and it works okay. I had to have it repaired from new. Dowels would fall out of the holes I drilled for them. I put a brad point bit in it and just touched the surface of a board and it scribed a circle that was 1/32" in diameter minimum. Out of 10 stars I would only give it about 5.
5 out of 10 does not seem to be what I'm in the market for. LOL

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Another place to look: Products in Floor,Machinery,Drill Presses on Wholesale Tool

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Al; mine's a JET and I like it well enough but as Mike (G316) suggested it's not perfect for woodworking. The two things that I would keep in mind is the depth of vertical movement (stroke), and the horizontal clearance to the column (swing). Those are both major limiting factors.
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I like that idea Dan. When I can get back out to the shop i'm going to look at mine (1980 Chicago Machinery 13") to see how tough it would be to retrofit. One initial thought is maybe a wooden disk with a centering hub and 3 u-bolts around the existing spokes. Handle attached to wheel with lock nut and nylon washer. Where to place the handle will depend on the beginning and end of a full stroke.

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