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Old 09-19-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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i'm looking for a smaller benchtop drill press for a reasonable amount..i cant pay 100bux for one..so if anyone has any tips or links to a good place to purchase one please let me know..thanks guys
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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1/2 chuck is nice..
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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The only thing you'll get for $100 will be used. Try Craigslist.

The little tiny ones at Lowe's / Home Depot are crap. They don't go slow enough, don't bother trying to drill anything bigger than a 3/8" hole in steel.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
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I got a cheap little one a couple months ago. Little more than $100 but its quite solid. The only downside is that the spindle does have a bit more runout than I would like but hey for $120 its a good deal.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LSSS0W
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:11 AM   #5
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1/2 chuck is nice..
yeah i have one of those at work if i need a bigger hole drilled

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The only thing you'll get for $100 will be used. Try Craigslist.
i am kinda starting to see that..

The little tiny ones at Lowe's / Home Depot are crap. They don't go slow enough, don't bother trying to drill anything bigger than a 3/8" hole in steel.
i looked at those and i'm not really excited about them either..i'm not looking to drill and thing big..but a multi speed is for sure what ime looking for

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I got a cheap little one a couple months ago. Little more than $100 but its quite solid. The only downside is that the spindle does have a bit more runout than I would like but hey for $120 its a good deal.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LSSS0W
yeah thats not bad..i found a couple nice ones at micro mart..none under a franklin though..i guess im gonna have to bite the bullet and buy what i want and not worry about the cost..i'd rather get what i want for a little more than settle for something a tad cheaper and not be happy..thanks guys..
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You could go to something like
http://www.grizzly.com/products/cate...spx?key=380000
or
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5427_200365427

I don't have either of those, so I really can't give you a review. I do have a Grizzly bandsaw and I've been real happy with it. Thing is it's real hard to get a good cheap tool.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:21 AM   #7
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I got a cheap little one a couple months ago. Little more than $100 but its quite solid. The only downside is that the spindle does have a bit more runout than I would like but hey for $120 its a good deal.
That's my biggest concern when is comes to a drill press. If it's got any noticeable runout it can make things VERY difficult to drill accurately. If possible, power it up before buying. Hopefully it at least won't have any visible runout when running. And yes, adjustable speeds is important, too.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
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I have ryobi drillpress and love it. Here ya go. Under $100 bucks.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=6542

I also bought slide vise to help with alinement.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Cross-Slid...item35b5434de4
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Dont get me wrong, the one I bought is about as precise as you are going to get with a cheap drill press. The runout in the spindle is less of a problem then my horrible alignment. Hahaha.

The use of a centerpunch should eliminate the runout as a problem.
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I use the ryobi from home depot, and have no problem when using a center punch.
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I have ryobi drillpress and love it. Here ya go. Under $100 bucks.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=6542

I also bought slide vise to help with alinement.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Cross-Slid...item35b5434de4
I believe I may go with this ryobi that's looks like a nice little cheap drill press... Just what I was looking for thanks eric113...


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I have ryobi drillpress and love it. Here ya go. Under $100 bucks.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=6542

I also bought slide vise to help with alinement.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Cross-Slid...item35b5434de4

Damn I've been looking for a slide vice! Thanks eric!
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