B/T Drill Press reviews


hey wooders, I'm in the market for a bench-top drill press; nothing too huge, just ample enough for the weekend woodworker. I've been seeing some good things on the Fisch DP2000 12", but was also leaning towards the Shop Fox H0626 (reason being, it has an oscillating spindle for small piece sanding). Any thoughts on either of these two items, or if anyone else has another recommendation for a drill press in the $150-250 US range.
Thanks, Frank.
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I'd say that Shop Fox is the way to go seeing the lowest speed is 250rpm and the oscillating spindle (goes up and down), but it is a large machine of 38" high probably with the top lid shut. It's the one I hope to buy, up in the future.
Those really low speeds mean you can add a leather wheel strop to it for sharpening handplane blades and chisels without overheating, bluing the steel. I made my own but my DP is too small for it and it needs a lower bearing for spindle stability. I'll have to get the arbour shortened as well.
The Shop Fox is the all_in_one machine as far as DPs go. http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?itemnumber=H0626 has the .pdf manual right there. As you'll see in the manual the table has a special hole just for the oscillations. Pretty cool! Also in a recent mag I saw an awesome sanding station you could add to it to fit on the table but you have to build it. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/ April 2005 volume 29 No. 2 "drum sanding station" by Chris Marshall. Probably the current issue.
Good luck in your descision!
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I think there is no other drill besides the Grizzly G7943 that has speeds that low. But they are the same company. You can also use microplane shapers on the DP, http://www.microplane.com/ .
I replied to your email addy with pics of the wheel strop I made, I use horse butt hide from Brettuns Village, http://www.brettunsvillage.com/ , tough stuff.
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