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Drill press oppinions

I have been looking for a drill press for awhile now and I think I am ready to buy. I have the option of getting a floor standing DELTA 16 speed 5/8 chuck 16" travel etc etc. for $250. I can also get a Craftsman 9" 1/2" chuck from Sears on sale for $100. My question is, how often do you guys run into a situation where you need a large drill press? Can most things be done on a smaller press? What do you guys have? Thanks.
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I have a small cheap benchtop one I bought new for $50 when the Cummin's Tools truck came around. I've had it for 3 or 4 years now and it's been great, I never use a hand drill anymore. I haven't had a need for one larger.
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get the big one.
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Re: Drill press oppinions

Get the big one.

If the Delta is anything like Delta used to be, it would be twice the machine as a Crafteman, even if it were half the size.
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1 more vote for the big one.
I'd give a left (insert body part here) to have one.
(.........one day........)
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Re: Drill press oppinions

I recently got a large floor standing Craftsman, and seldom do I use my bench top one anymore. I do have the Laser Trac on the drill press and a compound slide vise that makes things nice.
Mines likethis one, but I have one up that is 1 hp, 16" and the table can be angled up to 90*
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A drill press is a wonderful thing. I think I paid $130 (give or take) a couple years back for a small Delta that has like 6" or 8" or stroke. It's a bench top model with a small motor and three belt ranges. Big is great if you are going into production, making a bridge, reworking the iron work of a building.

Start with a small bit size and work your way up. There's time... you got a date or something?

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If you look at the Delta and see where it's made you'll find it probably was made in China. Instead of buying a drill press I bought a milling machine and use it mostly as a drill press.
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""If you look at the Delta and see where it's made you'll find it probably was made in China. Instead of buying a drill press I bought a milling machine and use it mostly as a drill press. ""

Where I come from all of that stuff is "Made in China". Where do you live? Milling Machines are made where?

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Milling machines are made all over the world. You missed the points, just because it says delta doesn't mean it's any better than one made in China because that's where it came from also. The other point is a milling machine will do alot more than a drill press.
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