View Full Version : Need a Drill Press, Opinions??

05-28-2013, 01:34 PM
Hey folks,

Instead of adding another thread about the same topic, I was curious in the experts' opinions on here between these two drill presses. My birthday is fast approaching and I was going to pick one up for myself. Which would you pick and why?



or Jet

Or are these complete overkill. I am looking for a drill press that will be stable drilling into mild carbon and stainless steels.

Thanks as always,


Marko Tsourkan
05-28-2013, 01:38 PM
check out your local Craigslist for an older Delta or even a Walker. Those are better built that new imports and won't cost much more than new entry level Jet or Grizzly. I have two and can't be happier. Buy American made equipment and you won't regret it.


05-28-2013, 02:18 PM
What Marko said - I have an old Rockwell with foot pedal feed and it's the schizzle.

That aside - of the two you linked I'd go with the Jet as it is listed as having a depth stop/quill lock - a feature I use a lot.

05-28-2013, 05:05 PM
Do not cheap out on this. There is no "over kill" on a drill press!

That said, I have my dads Walker Turner from the 40's.

05-28-2013, 06:16 PM
...check out your local Craigslist for an older Delta or even a Walker ...

When used improperly, every drill press can be a WALKER. :lol2:

05-28-2013, 06:22 PM
I have that 15" Jet and it's o.k. but still not as reliable or precise as I would want. As Spike said, you get what you paid for and a large one or a solid used one are the way to go.


05-28-2013, 06:23 PM
I had a beautiful Walker Turner lined up a while back, but it disappeared (guy changed his mind?). I'm sad I missed it, but my multi-speed regular old Mastercraft is doing nicely....

05-29-2013, 12:24 AM
Thanks for the heads up guys, I will look on Craigslist.