I am looking for a relatively basic drill press to enable me to drill
straight holes in wood and to use as a mortising machine. Nothing too fancy.
I saw the Ryobi DP101 at Home Depot for $99...anyone have any experience
I don't think the mortising attachment will fit that machine. Better check
it out for sure before you buy it.
If you spend a little more (about $199) the Delta is a better DP, IMO. To
adjust the table height on the cheaper models, you have to loosen the
clamping molt while holding the table, then slide the table up or down. The
better models have a crank making it more precise and a one handed
operation. Nice if you must make adjustments while your work is clamped to
I think that's the one we have, I'd have to double check the model
number. It vibrates like crazy, with so much noise that you'll want
ear protection. The clamp in the back to lock the table doesn't
actually lock the table, I have to put a C clamp on it to get it tight
enough. There is a plate in the back that gets in the way of sliding
the motor in to slacken the belts, making it a pain to change speeds.
Mortising, I doubt it.
But it does drill straight holes in wood.
I bought it about two weeks ago. It runs smooth enough that I haven't
bolted it to my table yet. It has a crank to run the dp surface up and
down and a lever in the back to lock it down.
It feels solidly built to me and the belt for change speeds is easily
accessible. It even has a handy place to keep the chuck if you'll
actually use it.
I've been very happy with it but only time will tell how durable it is.
With a proper fence I don't see why you couldn't use it to make
mortises, but I am very new at this.
I've had one for about two years now and am very happy with it. I
bought the floor model during a sale, so got it all assembled for
about $60, which seemed like a good deal. No problem with runout,
it's drilled through everything I've attemped to make a hole in. I
added a vice and a fence made from a chunk of aluminum and don't
think I need anything more.
I don't think the generic morising attachments will fit it either,
but I always cut mine with a router anyway.
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