I just bought a new Grizzly G7944 14" floor drill press. I am in the
process of setting it up and tuning it and was wondering if current
owners could give me some feedback.
Being new to woodworking, I have no reference for how picky I should be
about play in the quill? I am trying to figure out whether I really
need to complain to Grizzly or not. I have an email into them for their
Fully retracted, the chuck is very stable but when fully extended, I
can move the chuck side to side by at least 0.016".
It seems to drill nice holes, but again, I have very little reference
for what is acceptable.
FYI, The way this DP is setup, the spindle is set inside a spindle
sleeve. There is no detectable play between the spindle and the spindle
sleeve so it is not the bearings. All the play seems to be between the
spindle sleeve and the cast-iron head body. There is a set-screw that
presses into a groove in the spindle sleeve that is supposed to adjust
this play. However, when the screw is set tight enough to prevent the
play, the spindle binds as it is lowered and raised.
A second question concerns the motor mount. The top of my motor is
inclined away from the head body by a visible amount. A quick and dirty
measurement gives somewhat over 1/6th" difference in distance between
the top of the motor mount and the bottom. This of course alters the
angle of the pulley too. What do others experience? Are all motors
inclined like this?