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    Default Drill press purchase.

    Going to make a purchase of a drill press for the shop.
    What features would you recommend looking for?
    What size?
    Would you stay away from 1/2hp models?

    here are two that have caught my eye so far.
    13"
    http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/pictu...&NTITEM=CT028N

    14"
    http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/pictu...&NTITEM=CT022N

    the only difference is 1" and 1/4hp. worth spending the extra $80 for the 3/4hp 14"? Its not for all day shop use, more so workshop usage.
    Last edited by Bryan L; 11-27-2008 at 07:15 PM.

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    I would buy what you can afford. I have 5 of them all different sizes for different jobs...Bob
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    Spindle travel needs to be at least 3 5/8" if you want to be able to drill through a 4 x 4 post in one motion without having to flip it over (or edge drilling a 2 x 4). And then the two ends never meet right. I have an old variable speed Power Kraft with 6" travel.
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    crank the table up
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    Ellis Manufacturing makes a great unit but but its pricey. I intend to get one as soon as that dream job comes along. Not looking good for the immediate future though. I think their site is ellisaw.com
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    I have a Craftsman about the size of the larger one. It's okay, but I wish it was bigger. I can drill up to about 5/8" in steel with mine. I have larger bits, but they need a press that runs slower than mine to keep from overheating them.
    Jim

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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by monte55 View Post
    crank the table up
    Nice one there
    Last edited by Rubiconmike; 11-28-2008 at 08:36 PM. Reason: becouse
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    I wonder what the differences are between the Busy Bee DP and a HF DP?

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