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New Drill Press

Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by bobbybirds, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Man I love new tools!! I have been using this old benchtop Rockwell drill press I picked up at a garage sale for years. It is missing its chuck key, the height adjustment requires moving the entire drill head assembly up and down and other irritating stuff, but she worked for what I needed. I have been saving my pennies for a while now and finally popped on a new Porter Cable 1hp 12 speed floor model freeing up some much needed bench space. I think this will be the last drill press I will ever need! It will be nice to have something powerful and accurate for a change...

    I went from this....

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    To this!!!
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Like it! Floor model is much better. A few times I have been limited to what I can stick in the bench-top unit.

    Good purchase!

    Dan
     
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  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    nice drill press. i made mine from spare parts - a real frankenpress. I have sort of a soft spot for old tools though. It's strange i know that many of them become obsolete but i feel really nostalgic about some of the cool projects i've built with my old tools.
     
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  4. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I love the old tools too, but that old drill press was killing me! The adjust-ability was so inconvenient it was basically easier to stack wood blocks to get it to a workable height and then things would be out of square etc. Too bad because it drills well and all. I have someone in need of a basic drill press I am going to donate it to.

    Now if only I could get my shop 240 electrical finished so I can get my KMG up and running! My buddy doing the installation of my new panel etc has had a surge of business so I feel bad asking him to turn down good paying work in this economy so I haven't been beating him up about it...
     
  5. Prevenge

    Prevenge Member

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    Congratulations! That is one of the items on my growing need to get list ......I am using a hand drill :poop so even your old press would be an upgrade.
     
  6. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Niiiice!
     

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