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Steve MItchell
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Time to purchase new drill press
Apr 27th, 2021 at 7:02pm
 
So I need to purchase new drill press. Looking for ideas and of corse best value for the buck. Retiring in a few years.
I have an old Sun machine 12 speed.  Floor model 5/8 chuck
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Re: Time to purchase new drill press
Reply #1 - Apr 27th, 2021 at 10:28pm
 
What do you "need" in a drill press?
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Reply #2 - Apr 27th, 2021 at 10:46pm
 
I use it for lots of pen blanks and furniture building. Also drilling holes for cutting boards to hang.
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Re: Time to purchase new drill press
Reply #3 - Apr 28th, 2021 at 7:07am
 
Steve MItchell wrote on Apr 27th, 2021 at 7:02pm:
So I need to purchase new drill press. Looking for ideas and of corse best value for the buck. Retiring in a few years.
I have an old Sun machine 12 speed.  Floor model 5/8 chuck


With respects to your current drill press...have you ever noted things it can't do for you (longer throw, power, table size, etc)?  Subsequently...did anything from that first question create a 'wish list' for you in your 'forever' drill press?  Are you looking for a floor or table top machine?  Do you have a price range?
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Reply #4 - Apr 28th, 2021 at 10:34am
 
John Grace wrote on Apr 28th, 2021 at 7:07am:
have you ever noted things it can't do for you (longer throw, power, table size, etc)?


Thanks John, I knew you would pick up the ball.

Jon's question is really the key to getting what you want/need.

I have a small 1/3hp tabletop drill press, it's good for what it is but doesn't have the capacity for woodworking. Not enough quill travel, small table, limited throat capacity, low power.
I then bought a larger DP floor model, with a bit more power, larger table and more throat clearance and the same poor quill travel. It was an improvement but still not the "last" one I would need to be sure.
I then bought a radial DP with all the same specs as my floor model but the ability to tilt the head and the throat clearance went from 6.5" to 16.5".
All that to say, needs change/evolve over time. If you make pens, you may want increased quill travel. If you use large forstener bits often, more power may be in order and so on.
IMO the is no such thing as a woodworkers drill press. There have been attempts over the last few years but adding a laser and a couple of T-Tracks to the table doesn't quite cut it in my book. Electronic Variable Speed (EVS) is the next big thing but does come at a price.

Whatever you decide on, do yourself a favor and either build or buy a good quality table designed for woodworking. A table with more surface area, stop blocks and clamping ability will help any DP become more useful to just about any woodworking situation.

One last thing is budget. Today's DP's range from about $300 to $2300 roughly, which is a huge range. If you can't narrow down you features to a short list, you can start by using the price range you want to try and stay within.
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Re: Time to purchase new drill press
Reply #5 - Apr 28th, 2021 at 10:46am
 
I did look at that Nova DVR drill press, and while it looks nice, and is expensive, I don't want all that electronic stuff on it. I would like a 3 phase motor with converter, and variable speed without having to change the belts. Surprised there isn't a hobby level model out there yet.

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Reply #6 - Apr 28th, 2021 at 11:21am
 
robo_hippy wrote on Apr 28th, 2021 at 10:46am:
Surprised there isn't a hobby level model out there yet.


I honestly don't know what Hobby Level is anymore.  Undecided

There ts however, an EVS models available from Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #7 - Apr 28th, 2021 at 11:30am
 
I would look at Grizzly. they have a good range.

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Re: Time to purchase new drill press
Reply #8 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 11:03am
 
Ed Weber wrote on Apr 28th, 2021 at 11:21am:
There ts however, an EVS models available from Powermatic


I just took a quick peek at that machine...that's quite a machine.  The last comment on this thread before mine raises yet another question worth asking/answering.  The Powermatic looks like a phenomenal machine whereas Glenn Jacobs mentions that Grizzly has some fine offerings.  I do think that both your comment and Glenn's are accurate...hence the question, not to be dismissive...but we're talking about a drill press and for some machining as such doesn't have to mirror the accuracy of a machinist's tool.  Question back to Steve's original request...how 'precise' of a drill press do you require?
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Reply #9 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 11:36am
 
I've found that most DP work is done at one rpm setting so the need for EVS  does not make much sense. IMHO. A long travel and after-market table would be my main requirements. Throat depth could play into it also. And we're talking about a floor model.  Here is one Ed might like: Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

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Reply #10 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 12:11pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Apr 29th, 2021 at 11:36am:
Here is one Ed might like:


I have the bench version of that, shorter pole, same features.
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I have no doubt the Powermatic is a very nice machine looking at the info on their site BUT the price is a bit much to swallow. You would need to justify the cost by using it everyday.
The Powermatic is a gear driven machine which allows you to do much heavier work such as sanding and more demanding drilling.
As far as precision, this is a woodworking forum. that being said, I want my holes to be true and accurate but the tolerances for wood are much greater than metal. Wood moves, so we must acknowledge it and allow/compensate for it with our joinery, including drilling holes.
Just about any DP on the market will drill a straight hole. I'm sure there are those who like to test for run out and whine about a thousandth or two but with wood, more often than not, this is a waste of time.
Drilling in wood is not that demanding, a 1/2hp drill press will handle just about anything within reason it you use a sharp, quality bit.
Judging by the specs, I would say the Powermatic could be your last DP, depending on your needs.
Just don't forget to get the little shelf to hold your chuck key, it's only $50
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Re: Time to purchase new drill press
Reply #11 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 12:36pm
 
Hmm, that PM looks interesting. Need to see one in person. I generally keep my old Delta drill press at one speed, which works for using a 2 5/8 forstner bit to drill a recess on the top of my bowl blanks. I could, and should use other speeds for different sized bits, but don't because of the 'inconvenience' of it. Probably more important for drilling metals.... Hmm, now, more things to ponder. It doesn't look like it has all the programming of things that the Nova does, and to me, that is a good thing...

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Reply #12 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 1:06pm
 
robo_hippy wrote on Apr 29th, 2021 at 12:36pm:
It doesn't look like it has all the programming of things that the Nova does, and to me, that is a good thing...


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Reply #13 - Apr 29th, 2021 at 6:14pm
 
My Voyager is the first drill press I have owned and I think ever used with variable speed. Once you use EVS for a while you will wonder how you lived without it.

My old Craftsman floor model that I used for thirty some years drilled many holes for me over the years. Almost never took the time to change the belt on the pulleys. Too inconvenient. With my Nova it is just too easy to reach up an rotate the knob to the correct speed for the job being done. !/2" chuck and runout is what caused me to go looking for a new DP.
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Reply #14 - Apr 30th, 2021 at 10:19am
 
Robert, that sounds like how I feel about variable speed on lathes compared to changing the belt...

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