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    Need a Drill Press, Opinions??

    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,

    Twitter: @PeterDaEater

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    ...check out your local Craigslist for an older Delta or even a Walker ...
    When used improperly, every drill press can be a WALKER.

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    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.


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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    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....

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    Thanks for the heads up guys, I will look on Craigslist.
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