Hitachi 15" Drill Press

I'm in the market for an inexpensive floor model drill press and have narrowed my selection down to the Grizzly G7944 (ready some good things about it here in the Wreck) and the Ridgid DP1550 (good review in FWW). I was wondering if anyone has any comments on the Hitachi B16RM sold at Lowes?
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Anyone out there ever cut wood with one of these?
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Sure wood can be cut with a water jet. So can stone, stainless, etc.
The problem comes in when you need to buy the machine, it makes the scroll saw a lot more attractive.
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So, Jay, help me understand. After spending several years air-drying hardwood, why would you want to use a water jet cutter?
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Because you can make intricate cuts exactly where you want them with a kerf finer than any blade could produce without regard to gnarly grain or knots.
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I think you missed his point. Using water on dried wood tends to make it absorb water and swell. When it eventually dries out the cut will not be as nice looking.
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Maybe wood is somehow different, but all the waterjet cuts I've seen in thicker materials (over 3/4 or 1") start showing a wider, rougher kerf at the bottom.
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That is a function of how thick, how hard the material, how competent the operator and how much pressure your machine has.

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On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 17:19:38 GMT, Patriarch

I'm not sure I would, I'm just looking for information. Right now I haven't any plans or resources to purchase a water jet, but a couple of attributes make it sound appealing.
It's dust free, doesn't require sharpening and makes very narrow-kerfed cuts. Of course there are numerous disadvantages as well - like initial cost, quality of cut (maybe), cost of abrasive additives, filtration of water, etc....
Are they noisy? Can you straight line rip on them? Are they better than SawStop?!
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The shop I am working in now has a water jet. Any place I had been before, we sent that work out so I only know this one machine. Yes, it is LOUD. The operator wears earplugs. I am often on the lathe about ten feet away. I don't need earplugs but I can't hear my machine. Annoying.

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yes. http://www.precisionhydrojet.com/portfolio.html

they are VERY loud. yes you can rip on them. you cannot attach a sawstop(tm) to them as they have no physical connection to a blade so there would be nothing to sense.
and the starting price on them is around $250k.

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not sure if you would want too as the water and grit may screw up the wood or your finish. if it is thin it can be laser cut. I got my sign cut with a water jet it is pretty cool.
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