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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-13-2016, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Seriously, back to tools. I will soon have a large percentage of my basement to set up a climate controlled workshop, and not have to dodge unpleasant weather working in my garage. No more "It's too #^[email protected]%$ hot out there", or "It's too #^[email protected]%$ cold out there"!

With the type of work I like to do, I'm planning to buy smaller versions of some of the equipment I have in the garage. I'd like to get a decent benchtop drill press. I want that because that size will take care of anything I can imagine doing, and I will still have my 300+ pound 50's era floor model in the garage if I really need to use it for anything. Also, I don't have an outside entrance to the basement, so the lighter weight of a benchtop model will make it a lot easier to get down there by myself.

Does anyone have some advice on a medium duty, medium priced ($300 range) benchtop model with at least a 12 inch swing, and a decent sized (10 inches or more) table? I've done a small amount of research on ones in that price range, and just about all of them have pretty bad reviews. A lot of runout, and arriving with damaged parts. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.
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It's possible the models you have been looking at were manufactured on the same lines as the Harbor Freight model. A lot of years back, when I was looking for a benchtop saw, found out that was exactly the case. So, opted for a HF saw, and still use it. Got a HF bench drill press too. The switch did die after a couple of weeks, but a $4 Lowes switch fixed that. No runout I've been able to detect. Got a new one awhile back, because the price was right, so I can give the old one to my son as he can't afford one just now.

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I also have a HF drill press and it does what it's supposed to do "drill holes". The biggest draw back is the depth stop doesn't work well. If I want a depth stop I have to lower the table till I get the depth I want. I have had this drill press for several years.

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Don and Theo.......is it this one? I have a 20% off coupon for today only.
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Gee, Jim, Now you got me thinking.

I was going to build another garage out back and move my shop from the basement out to it. But now, I may just rearrange the basement. I got plenty of room (if I "organized a little better") and a constant 55-60 degrees.

Downside is carrying material thru the house and down the stairs and bring finished stuff up the stairs. Got to rethink this a little.

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out side access..
ramp...
stairs...
dumbwaiter...
lots cheaper...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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My previous shop was in my basement with no direct outside access. The top of the stairs door entered directly into the side of the garage. Hauling tools, wood, etc. in and out of the shop was difficult, but doable, and at least it didn't involve going through the house. My big problems in that shop were saw dust and noise. The bedrooms were directly above, and although I spent considerable money insulating and sound proofing the shop ceiling, I couldn't use my shop when the kids were sleeping. Warm air rises, so even the shop had a door, and there was a second door to enter the house, sawdust was constantly a problem in the house. It found cracks or some way to get up there. I began changing my shoes and blowing myself off before leaving the shop, but even then the sawdust was getting into the living area.

When I moved, I vowed to not ever have a shop in the basement again. It couldn't be there in my next house because I bought a house with no basement, but it had a two car attached garage, so I made that into my shop. After a few years there, and still with complaints of sawdust getting into the house, I built a separate building for my wood shop. This finally solved my problem of getting saw dust in the house. It also stopped my wife from interrupting me for her very minor little honeydo's and wanting to chat. because she would have to phone me or walk out to the shop to get me (a BIG +). Now, my only problems are 1. That I didn't build my shop big enough. 2. That I didn't include a toilet in the design. I never get complaints about saw dust in the house because I still blow myself off and change my shoes before going to the house. I installed a 2 ton window style heat pump, high and through the North wall of my shop, so my shop is both heated and cooled with no open flames to worry about and I added a pleated air filter to it so it now performs as a great whole shop air filter too.

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smoke seals on the doors and windows..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
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Nice post charley.
Mine is in the basement.
I sealed all openings in the hvac ductwork. I hang a cloth strip over the filter access opening on the filter opening. And for aircleaning I use Washable - Air Filters - *The Home Depot hung on a 20" box fans. One fan is hung to blow into a partially enclosed stairway which acts like an air curtain cutting down on dust migrating upstairs.
I use a walk off mat at the stairs and there is a deep pile carpet on the steps. Periodic stiff broom sweep of steps kepps the foot stuff off SWMBO's floors. Its effective. Momma yells for me to sweep the steps when shes it on her floor.

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stop using compressed air to clean off..
use a vacuum..
no sense in scattering the dust or injecting particles of who knows what toxins/heavy metals into your skin and perhaps into your blood stream or getting an extra dose by breathing the now airborne crap in...
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