Seems like most benchtop drill presses come from the same factory in China.
Go for features, not brand, IMO. Get one where the table can be adjusted
with a crank, not slide up and down by hand. I have a 12" Delta but I'd be
just as happy with the Craftsman.
You didn't indicate a size or price range.
I bought my son this 14" Grizzly unit
(http://www.grizzly.com/products/G7943) about 6 months ago. I was
impressed with it when I saw it in the show room and he hasn't reported
any problems with it. I'm jealous because it's much better than the
cheapy Rockwell 11" press I bought about 25 years ago. I see the price
went up a bit since last Novenber.
To everyone ... thanks so much for the advice. I stopped at Woodcrafters
and they had a Rikon. I was surprised to see that it had a pivoting head!
That was going for $159. Needless to say, I'm trying to find as much
information on this one too.
Look for a good used drill press. Drill presses are one of the most
common tools out there, and there are lots of good older ones looking
for new homes. You can easily find a nice Delta, Atlas, or Craftsman
that is much more tool than the ones being built in Taiwan today.
Check eBay or your local classifeds to start. You'll probably spend
less, and get a much better tool to boot.
Joe, if you're willing to spend $159 for a benchtop, could you swing
about $300 for a floor model one? It's a lot more versatile. Plus, if
you get a benchtop one, you're going to have to build a stand or it
will steal benchtop space (consider the $$ and time to build a stand).
If you have the option to get a floor model one, you should.
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