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    which drill press?

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    wsup,

    I remember reading about a good like $40 drill press that was a good match for DIY projects. I dont remember what or where it was. ??

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    You get what you pay for....I would not buy a 40.00 drill press, would probably break very soon. Check into higher end consumer models at your local Lowes or Home Depot.....just my .02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpw23 View Post
    You get what you pay for....I would not buy a 40.00 drill press, would probably break very soon. Check into higher end consumer models at your local Lowes or Home Depot.....just my .02.
    I would second that opinion, a drill that cheap won't be accurate for any length of time! Save for better quality..

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    alright. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FALKEN View Post
    I remember reading about a good like $40 drill press that was a good match for DIY projects. I dont remember what or where it was. ??
    I don't think you'll find one new for $40 that's worth taking home. You might get lucky on Craigslist. In this price range you're talking about a funky set-up that you strap you're drill motor (hand drill) into and unless it's designed specifically for your drill they don't really work. At best they're good for very simple "barnyard" projects.

    The cheapest drill press at Enco is on sale for $89. It's a bench press, not a floor standing model which if it has the capacity for what you want is fine.

    Enco 125-1072

    The next step up is $220. You might get by fine with the cheaper one. It all depends on how much you intend to use it and for what. Buying the drill press is only the start. You'll need at a minimum a good vise. Personally I'd put the money into this piece of equipment rather than the more expensive drill press. Of course if you can afford both then yes, you do get what you pay for.

    If you're planing on doing specifically small high precision work then look into a machine designed for model making. Micro-Mark is one place to start They make a couple of modes in the $150-$200 range that you can add on an X-Y table later to give you locational accuracy approaching a milling machine. If you have the room and can afford it you can get a small mill for a little over $500.

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    At this point, there if very little difference between models. Most machine tools are being made in just a couple of factories in Asia. The only real difference is that some manufactures do a better job of quality control (they send their own QC guys over there to oversee things). Delta usually does a good job of this, but so does Grizzly (for the most part). I've actually got a cheap benchtop Craftsman in my home shop which is better than you would expect, but I've had it for years so I can't really speak to their current production.


    You might also try looking for a used tool. You can sometimes find really good deals that way.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    Delta usually does a good job of this, but so does Grizzly (for the most part). I've actually got a cheap benchtop Craftsman in my home shop which is better than you would expect,
    Grizzly is pretty good. Craftsman power tools are rebadged versions of other major brands. Sometimes it's a Skill, sometimes Black & Decker, etc. The problem is it can be hard to know exactly who actually made the thing which makes service more difficult and expensive.

    Harbor Freight is hit an miss. If there's one near you you can go in a check it out and if it looks decent you'll save a fair deal on shipping. Ditto for the other places that have retail locations near by (Tool Town?). Check on the return/warranty service policy. Some places may handle it through the store and others may make you ship it back to the manufacturer or authorized service center. If the motor quits a month after you have it you don't want to be paying shipping on something this big and heavy. That is one area where Sears seems to be pretty good.

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    I tend to think that a DP is the one tool that you can get away with going a little cheaper. I got mine at Tractor Supply Co. I don't know the brand name off hand, nor what I paid for it, but it was cheaper than anything else out there (including HF at the time), and has served me well for a few years.

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    I bought my drill press for like $60 at Harbor Freight. There is a location by my house and it's awesome. I've bought what would have cost me thousands of dollars in tools for a few hundred bucks. Yes, it is cheaper quality, but it all has worked like a champ.

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    I bought 2 drill presses for 60 dollars new. I use them everyday. They are tradesman brand. They work great and have had no problems. I drill metal with them (horseshoes) and I find the bits to be much more of an issue.

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