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Mike Nathal
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Feb 9th, 2018 at 9:04am
 
I use my drill press almost every day. But almost never for drilling! I use it to sand my turnings off the lathe, with 2 inch or 3 inch velcro sanding pads. Both dry and wet sanding. My current drill press is a 1975 Craftsman floor model with 15 inch swing. It uses a pivoting rod that pushes against the motor to tension the belt. The pivot mechanism just broke and the replacement part is discontinued. Right now I am shoving a block of wood into the gap to push on the motor and keep tension on the belt. So I am looking for a new drill press and would like at least a 17 inch swing to accommodate sanding of large pieces. Trouble is, larger swings tend to come with bigger motors etc, that I don't really need or want to pay for. I just stumbled on "Grizzly G7946 - 5 Speed Floor Radial Drill Press" that has a sliding head, allowing an adjustable swing up to 34 inches. And a very attractive price. Anyone have any experience with this type of drill press, or comments on buying from Grizzly?

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Re: Radial drill press
Reply #1 - Feb 9th, 2018 at 9:44am
 
All I can say is that if and or when I need a new DP, I will be getting one.
To me they appear to be straight forward. As long as the slide and locking mechanisms are robust enough to hold the head securely there shouldn't be any problems.
Take a look at the manual for the model your considering, it usually helps to get a better understanding of the tool you're considering.
I have a couple of Grizzly tools that have operated without any major issues for many years, though not a DP.
If you do purchase one, please consider posting a review
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Re: Radial drill press
Reply #2 - Feb 9th, 2018 at 12:50pm
 
I have had a Grizzly G 7946 drill press for over 20 years. It has worked flawlessly. I don’t use it for sanding my turnings as the slowest speed is 550rpm. I like to sand at around 300rpm on my EVS lathe.
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Re: Radial drill press
Reply #3 - Feb 10th, 2018 at 8:46am
 
I use a Shopsmith as my drill press and gave away the drill pres I had. I would use nothing else. You can find them used for a couple hundred bucks. Can be used vertically or horizontally and take all sorts of attachments. Easy to change speed with the dial and plenty of power. I now have four of them scattered around the shop. One I use mainly as a table saw, one as a sanding station and drill press. I do not usually use them as a lathe, but have on occasion.
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Delta 46-460: awesome
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Shopsmith Mark 7: Wonderful! (But I don't use it as a lathe yet)
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Reply #4 - Feb 12th, 2018 at 1:47pm
 
Grizz normally has very good service. I have lathe, table saw, band saw, dust collector. Replacement parts have been low cost and good response.

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Reply #5 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 9:16am
 
"Replacement parts have been low cost and god response."

Now that is what I call great service!
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Re: Radial drill press
Reply #6 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 10:54am
 
Apparently, Jesus is their sales rep!! Shocked Shocked
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Reply #7 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:30pm
 
Please note that a lower case "g"   Grin

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