I'm taking opinions on your favorite drill press.
I need tilting table, variable speed, bench top would be preferred
I was looking at the
JET 354165 and DP350 (3.5 " spindle travel)
Palmgren 80153 has a 5 " spindle travel
I have the DP350 and am satisfied with it. The speed changer is very easy to
use and wish my floor model had the same feature. I change the speed on this
drill press for every use, but frequently use the floor model at whatever
speed it was last set on because moving the belts is such a pain. I like the
depth stop too. It's easy to use, fast to set, and has never slipped. This
drill press is a little light in design compared to the other drill presses
that I've owned or used, but it does it's job quite well and is well worth
I did have a problem with the DP350 back when it was only about a month old.
The motor shaft has a steel splined insert in the center of the pulley that
was just pressed into the aluminum pulley sheeve and it came apart. Delta
quickly supplied a replacement (it was down for 3 days). The replacement was
the exact same design, only with a small modification. They had inserted a
roll pin through the aluminum into the steel insert to keep the insert from
working out. The drill press is now about 2 years old and I have had no
other problems with it. After seeing how they modified the replacement
pulley I decided to repair the broken one the same way, but went them one
better. I also epoxied the insert in and then drilled and inserted the roll
pin. If my drill press ever breaks that way again, I'll have a part for it
already in stock.
"Jerome Ranch" < email@example.com> wrote in message
I have a Delta, let's see here, DP350--a benchtop drill press with
about 12" of clearance and 3" of "press." The speed change is a dial
that is _extremely_ convenient. There's no changing of belts and
pulleys and whatnot. My first attempt at attaching the chuck left me
with lots of runout, but I took it off and reseated it; now it has
about a thou runout. Best part--got it on sale for $119 (beep, beep)!
I'm very happy with it, and would recommend it to anyone in the market
for a similar tool.
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