I was using my drill press tonight to drill out a mounting plate for a
new motor for my lathe. Metal work- chips all over- yech!
Don't forget, one of the two words here is "press". I had to press
very hard at times. I would not like a radial drill press for that
type of work.
Sooner or later, I bet you will use the tool for something that
requires some real "push".
I guess I could see a radial arm press as a second drill press for a
Either way, skip the mortice attachment. Not that hard to cut them by
hand with a sharp chisel.
I have a Ryobi benchtop that serves me well. I have it mounted on a rolling
stand that I built. I don't need a floor model 'cause the DP is fastened on
with lag screws. I can just remove them and turn the thing around with the
work on the floor.
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Since you used "life long purchase," consider the following.
If you live near one being auctioned on E-bay, a Clausing variable
speed (as in "continuously variable") would be the cat's meow. Don't
really want to pay for shipping on such a beast. Make certain you look
at the motor requirements before bidding. They came in 220/440 3
phase, as well as 110, single phase. A little lower down the food
chain, but still miles above most of the far east iron is
Walker-Turner. They came in various models/motor configurations too.
The Clausing might end up being a bit over your price range, but a
decent Walker-Turner might not.
I would post some e-bay links, but don't really want to give out too
much info as I'm in the market for one myself. Stay away from any
within 100 miles of Cincinnati and I will let you live. ;-)
I haven't used a JET, but I'd probably buy the JET. I'd definitely
recommend a full-sized unit if you have space and capital. You can do
everything a small press can do on a big one, but not the other way around.
After trading up from a benchtop to a 15" floor model, I rarely use more
column travel than I had before, but when I need it, it sure is handy.
It's also a much better machine overall. Bigger table, bigger chuck,
bigger motor, better belt tensioning mechanism, etc.
I don't have a mortising accessory. If I were going to do something with
some huge number of mortises, I'd probably buy a dedicated mortising
machine. For the number I do, boring out the waste with the drill press
and then cleaning up the holes with a chisel is a fine way to do things.
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I recently upgraded my drill press.
I was using a largish bench model taiwanese 15(or so) speed machine.
as far as I could tell, it was the same as the floor model, but with a
shorter column. I had it for a number of years and for the most part
it worked fine. there was a limited distance from the chuck to the
column that I occasionally wished to exceed. I did a few things to it
to improve useability- I separated the wiring for the motor from the
wiring for the light, so I could leave the light on and run the motor
from a foot switch. I trammed in the table to square and for the most
part left it there. I made a base for it with drawers in it. it wasn't
a great drill press but it was adequate. One function it wasn't able
to fulfill for me was milling. after a few attempts that ended in
dropping the chuck I gave up.
I started looking at mill drills. what I found is that although there
are a lot of them out there, and from what I gather there are quite a
few manufacturers (all SE Asia) there aren't all that many variations
on the design, and all were similar in price. I figured out what
features I really wanted and began looking. I was saving pennies, and
figured sooner or later I'd have enough to buy new, but meantime I
shopped the usual secondhand sources. I saw a few go by on ebay for
prices I was willing to pay, but all of them were too far away. the
local machinery junk guy said he never got them in. finally I found
one in the paper. went down and looked at it and ended up buying it.
it had a shop made mobile base that looks like you could stack a few
trucks on top of. it came with extra collets and a stout milling vise.
basically, it's a machine tool, meant for working metal, so I suppose
it's OT for this forum. however, it makes a great woodworking machine.
top speed is 2500 rpm, a bit slow but the feed is so controllable that
it hasn't been a problem. it has considerably more swing than the old
drill press. a radial drill press would have more, but at the cost of
lots of flex. it has a 2 hp motor that I doubt I'll ever slow down.
it uses R8 tooling, same as the bridgeport mills, so there's lots of
stuff for it. it's also heavy. I had to disassemble it to get into and
out of my truck. it took 2 guys to get the head back on.
all in all it's a worthwhile addition to a woodshop
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