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    Looking to pick up a decent drill press without breaking the bank. Budget is
    4-600. Average use is 1" holes in 11ga tubing, and up to 3/4" holes in 1/2" steel. Would like to find something locally in the Dallas area. Any input is greatly appreciated. Floor mount would be my preference

    Thanks

    Scott
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  • #2
    i looked all around at the stores and on line
    the best deal was at home depot .com
    a jet jdp-15mf it was $429.00 and free shipping
    it works great

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    • #3
      Made in China?

      You could get one from harbor freight for less than half that. The Jet's I've seen lately look just like the harbor freight model. I think they are all made in China.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bodybagger View Post
        You could get one from harbor freight for less than half that. The Jet's I've seen lately look just like the harbor freight model. I think they are all made in China.
        True- but there are some Chinese tool brands better than others- Jet being one of them
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        • #5
          I have a 14" (I believe) Delta drill press that I bgt for woodworking. As long as I use metal bits it's fine for whatever it'll drill, right?
          Last edited by curly; 09-14-2008, 08:08 PM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
            True- but there are some Chinese tool brands better than others- Jet being one of them
            In that case, buy from Grizzly. I doubt you'll find a difference other than the paint and the price. Quality control is different from one importer to the next, but I believe Grizzly holds about the same or better standards than Jet. Otherwise, not much difference between any of the Asian drill presses. Taiwanese would be better than ChiCom, if you can find the country of origin.

            As far as Jet quality goes, as a Jet owner I've never noted their product as being one that strived for quality much past the flashy paint job. Forget white and go green and enjoy the extra cash and better customer support.

            Finally, drill presses are on the low end of product development and innovation. Not hard to find a decent model...even from Harbor Freight.
            Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
            Miller DialArc 250
            Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
            Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
            Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
            Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
            South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
            Logan 7" shaper
            Ellis 3000 band saw
            Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
            Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
            3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
            Lots of dust bunnies
            Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by curly View Post
              I have 1 14" (I believe) Delta drill press that I bgt for woodworking. As long as I use metal bits it's fine for whatever it'll drill, right?
              Curly,
              Sure it will be fine. Just realize that most of the cheaper drill presses...okay, ALL of the cheap drill presses...run at too high a speed for most metal drilling with larger bits. Keep the cutting oil running freely.
              Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
              Miller DialArc 250
              Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
              Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
              Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
              Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
              South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
              Logan 7" shaper
              Ellis 3000 band saw
              Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
              Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
              3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
              Lots of dust bunnies
              Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WyoRoy View Post
                Curly,
                Sure it will be fine. Just realize that most of the cheaper drill presses...okay, ALL of the cheap drill presses...run at too high a speed for most metal drilling with larger bits. Keep the cutting oil running freely.

                Thanks, now is cutting oil different than any other oil, or can I use anything?
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                • #9
                  Depending upon how much drilling you actually anticipate doing in the future, you can get by with regular oil, but it will be messier during clean-up and not provide as much benefit when doing the actual drilling. Better than burning a drill though, by any means. Try for some water-soluble cutting fluid/oil and your clean-up chores should be shorter.
                  Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                  Miller DialArc 250
                  Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                  Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                  Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                  Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                  South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                  Logan 7" shaper
                  Ellis 3000 band saw
                  Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                  Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                  3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                  Lots of dust bunnies
                  Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by WyoRoy View Post
                    In that case, buy from Grizzly.
                    Good to know- deciding between the Grizzly or Jet Swivel head bandsaw.
                    Ed Conley
                    http://www.screamingbroccoli.net/
                    MM252
                    MM211
                    Passport Plus w/Spool Gun
                    TA185
                    Miller 125c Plasma 120v
                    O/A set
                    SO 2020 Bender
                    You can call me Bacchus

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                    • #11
                      I agree about the speeds, way too fast for most metal work. I like to look at the pulley system to see if its common or some proprietary crap. Tubings I might use a carbide holesaw?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
                        Good to know- deciding between the Grizzly or Jet Swivel head bandsaw.
                        Eddie, there are insignificant differences between the Grizzly and Jet products. Usually they will be seperated by a bell or whistle or two. If you look into the products closely you'll usually find that they both offer jimcracks to each model that the other doesn't have. So, basically, it comes down to which set of bell and whistles and color scheme you prefer. With that said, the Grizzly model is usually significantly cheaper and they subsidize their shipping to a greater extent...though Jet will often offer free shipping on some of their product line.

                        Edit: Ed, after looking at Kevin's Ellis you can even consider a Jet or a Grizzly swivel head bandsaw? There ought to be a slew of L.A. Chopper wannabees out there going under and selling their equipment on Craigslist. Bought my Ellis 3000 for $1500 and you could almost put Kevin's Ellis on its cutting table. I've owned a higher end Grizzly bandsaw prior to the Ellis and let me say that they aren't built as well by a whole long stretch. To be fair, the Grizzly was a metal cutting demon, but not in the same league as an Ellis.
                        Last edited by WyoRoy; 09-15-2008, 09:26 AM.
                        Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                        Miller DialArc 250
                        Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                        Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                        Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                        Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                        South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                        Logan 7" shaper
                        Ellis 3000 band saw
                        Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                        Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                        3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                        Lots of dust bunnies
                        Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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                        • #13
                          I know Roy but space is limited.
                          Ed Conley
                          http://www.screamingbroccoli.net/
                          MM252
                          MM211
                          Passport Plus w/Spool Gun
                          TA185
                          Miller 125c Plasma 120v
                          O/A set
                          SO 2020 Bender
                          You can call me Bacchus

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
                            I know Roy but space is limited.
                            Eddie,
                            Its about time the boys at Screaming Broc had a machine shop for repairs...
                            Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                            Miller DialArc 250
                            Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                            Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                            Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                            Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                            South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                            Logan 7" shaper
                            Ellis 3000 band saw
                            Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                            Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                            3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                            Lots of dust bunnies
                            Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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                            • #15
                              I don't know what you guys think about RIGID tools, they seem to have a nice drill press that is reasonably priced.

                              Anyone have one and if so are they any good for $299?

                              The best part of the RIGID brand is that they are guaranteed for life. This includes the batteries on the cordless tools.

                              Nick

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