I'm just to buy a drillpress, preferable my first and last - but which?
I am tempted to buy an Scheppach rab s16x
(www.scheppach.de/e_index.html) which is radial and floor standing.
Suggestions on other and comments regarding this drillpress much
Thanks in advance
You can see the press the OP is talking about in their catalog at
Its a radial DP similar to
http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?itemnumber=G7945 but in a floor
Anton - Good luck, I have no opinions on DPs. Obviously you are in Europe,
Nordic or Baltic region. I'm not sure if Grizzly will do business there but
they make a nice tool.
It may help if you told the regulars here what your intended use would be
and they may be able to give you better recommendations.
For what it is worth, I have a Craftsman bench mounted drill press that is
at least 80 years old. I find the floor models to be too tippy for safety.
Additionally, just last week I moved the bench drillpress to my new
workbench so I could drill 3/4 inch holes in the top. They came out
perfectly, square and tight. I don't think I have ever wished I had a floor
======================================I take just the opposite view.. but can see why someone with a very
small shop may wish to devote bench space to for a drill press rather
then give up floor space...
I have 3 drill presses in my woodshop...plus another one in my
garage.... even split 2 floor models 2 bench top units...
Give me the floor models.... Sorry but in 40 years I honestly have
never issues with either bing tipsy...
Not all that much difference betweent them...BUT I find myself using
the floor models 90 percent of the time..
Thanks for your answers. Seems that drillpresses are a well matured
product. However, my concerns are electrical motor, drill depth and
drill precision. As far as I have found 550 W and drill depth 80 mm (3
inch) is fairly standard. However, I have found a couple with 1100W and
drill depth 120 mm (4 inch) but weight twice as much. It might be a
problem for me to move the machine in place...
Finally, but for me important, is the precision of the chuck, that is
the tolerance of the holes - how much the drill moves sideways. Anyone
have any ideas?
Thanks in advance
A really cheap one might have a little runout in the chuck, but if
your holes slide sideways, it's often the bit's fault. Usually it's
that your feed rate is too fast, or the point of the drill is not
completely centered. If you have to drill quickly, for whatever
reason, you can spike the drill to about a 90 degree angle (as opposed
to the more standard 108) and it won't walk nearly as much. It will
get dull faster, though. Beyond that, just about every drill press
I've ever used worked just as well as any other. Clausing makes a
really nice one, if you're looking for something really heavy-duty.
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