I am seriously thinking about having a yard sale, Drill press, jointer, and
portable plainer, and a 556 PC Biscuit Cutter I wonder how long they will
If you are seriously interested I will send a picture of it and the boat.
The jointer is almost my oldest tool and least used. The 556 biscuit
jointer was my first and I used it to remodel our kitchen 20 years ago. I
still have the 557 but the Domino has pretty much replaced it.
I have the Delta and I'm not sure why the
need for the keyless chuck.
I would want to be able
to really crank down on larger bits and
a keyless chuck ain't up to that task.
The Delta I have is the laser model and even
that is pretty nice. The table is quite large
and has removable inserts.
250 - 3000 RPMs
Delta? The latest 17" version seems to have it all except
for the keyless chuck. IIRC it has regular V belts and the table that
left, right, and forward.
Typically I tighten the chuck so tight that I have difficulty loostening it
up, hense the comment about a user friendly key. Acutally I have been using
cordless and corded drills since the early 90's that all have keyless
chucks, my Pansaonic was the first. I have not had a problem with slippage
with any of the keyless chucks. I herard long ago that keyless more evenly
tightens down and provides a better grip. That comment may have been made
as a compairison to keyed chucks and not using all 3 holes to evenly tighten
the chuck, which I do. The problem is that I only use 1 hole to loosen,
maybe if I gave all 3.....
I think I am looking at the one a step above, newly introduced IIRC. It has
a longer quill travel and appears to have a larger base.
Thanks for the input.
Like a lot of things, it's a matter of size.
1/2" and smaller chucks usually found on hand held drills are great
for keyless chucks.
OTOH, a drill press, bench or floor, will typically have at least a
5/8", more likely 3/4" chuck.
A keyed chuck above 1/2" has a lot going for it., IMHO.
That's why pliers were invented.
My experience is it is a great depth gage if you use pliers for final
A 16-speed, 3/4 hp, floor drill press Is pretty basic "jelly bean"
Uses 3 sheaves and 2 belts to make speed changes.
Never had a problem with vibration on mine.
Make sure you have a gear and rack to lift/lower table.
Make sure quill is equipped with std morse taper (Joe AutoDrill time).
Equip with a removeable machinest vice to insure easy location of
drill bit on work piece.
(Drilling a hole 1/64 off sucks)
IMHO, a drill press is definitely a KISS product.
If you stop and think about it, the need for quill travel is a
function of the length of available bits.
Since most bits are in the 6"-8" max length, would expect quill travel
to be pretty much the same from model to model.
Obviously you need the longer drill bits for the extra quill travel to
do you any good... They aren't that tough to find.
I've got a Ridgid DP15000 that I bought about 15 years ago. It only has
a 3-1/4" quill travel and I've run into that limit WAY too many times;
I've been wishing for an upgrade ever since. I agree with Leon; my next
drill press will most certainly have at least 5" of travel, and that's
probably my #1 requirement. I've been casually looking at potential
replacements for probably more than five years now, and after seeing the
Delta 20-950 (20-inch, 1HP, variable speed (200-2500 RPM), 5/8" chuck,
6" of quill travel) I don't see how I could settle for anything less...
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
There you go, I am not the only one thinking this way. LOL
I just did notice that the 20-950 does have the 200 rpm as the slowest
speed, which is plenty slow enough for larger Forstner bits. And no
screwing around switching belts around to change speeds.
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