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I have the G7947, it has worked VERY well for me...The only change I made was to replace the depth stop-it was junk. I detailed the mod in these two threads on a WW forum-but you probably can't see the pictures without registering? See iff you can please...

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthr...ess-Question&p=1092911&highlight=#post1092911

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?104792-Grizzly-drill-press-depth-stop-adjustment-nut


One of the main things you want in a drill press is Quill travel, and both those Grizzly models have very good amount
of travel. Not a fan of anything Craftsmen anymore unfortunatly.
 

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but you probably can't see the pictures without registering? See iff you can please...
You are correct Kenny, can't view without registering.
 

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Not a fan of anything Craftsmen anymore unfortunatly.
I agree Sears and there Craftsman lines just ain't what they use to be. I have become very selective on their stuff.
 

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I agree Sears and there Craftsman lines just ain't what they use to be. I have become very selective on their stuff.
Your DP is 18 years old? The it was made when they made by Emerson...good stuff. Now it's a crap shoot.
 

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I agree Sears and there Craftsman lines just ain't what they use to be. I have become very selective on their stuff.
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I will say this...The offshore ratchet that comes with the "Weird Drive" sockets they offer now is in IMO 50x Better then the USA Made "Raised Panel" type they offer....Just wish I could buy the ratchet seperately. When playing with it, the ratchet action was as smooth and silky as my SnapOn's...
 

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Thanks Randy, I will upload some later from home...
Aaron, I can't find the pictures on my PC, if you want I can take more and post them.
 

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I am interested in what the guys suggest here too. Right now I have a 1hp drill press made by Woodtek which is a line of cheap tools made for Woodworkers Supply of New Mexico. It is about 15 yrs old now and was one that my brother bought while building up his tools for woodworking.

It turns ok and has decent torque but doesn't slow down enough for me, lowest speed is 180rpm. It is a floor stand type with the round pipe column as Kenny pointed out if you loosen the table to adjust the height you loose your index.

I have no idea what this drill press cost but it isn't as good as the prior cheap General drill presses I had before. If I were looking to spend money on a drill press today I would look for an old one in good condition.

So far I haven't found anything available in my locale which is as non industrial as I have ever lived in. Maybe I need to consider machine shop equipment instead but I have little knowledge about this stuff. I would like some leads and suggestion about this as I think Aaron and myself could both benefit by it.
 

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That Grizzly looks pretty good. Jet's equivalent http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/product.html?node=4617&product=362025 is probably out of your price range.

I have a 17" Jet that I've had since the mid 90's that's served me well.

All drill presses with a round column suffer the losing index syndrome if you change the table elevation.

To KennyD: I can't view the pics at the forum site either without registering.
 

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I am interested in what the guys suggest here too. Right now I have a 1hp drill press made by Woodtek which is a line of cheap tools made for Woodworkers Supply of New Mexico. It is about 15 yrs old now and was one that my brother bought while building up his tools for woodworking.

It turns ok and has decent torque but doesn't slow down enough for me, lowest speed is 180rpm. It is a floor stand type with the round pipe column as Kenny pointed out if you loosen the table to adjust the height you loose your index.

I have no idea what this drill press cost but it isn't as good as the prior cheap General drill presses I had before. If I were looking to spend money on a drill press today I would look for an old one in good condition.

So far I haven't found anything available in my locale which is as non industrial as I have ever lived in. Maybe I need to consider machine shop equipment instead but I have little knowledge about this stuff. I would like some leads and suggestion about this as I think Aaron and myself could both benefit by it.
Steve, I have never seen a "drill press" without a round column, my comments about that were in reference to my small mill in the other thread.
 

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Kenny,
When I was working for a hydraulics shop years ago we had a large drill press with a motorized table. Didn't loose the index on it and we could drill and tap with it too. It was used primarily to drill and tap ports on pumps and motors in the pump shop.

I didn't use it myself as I ran the fabrication shop there but I do remember it as being a big boy.
 

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All, I added some pictures of my DP to my Picasa album, let me know if you want to see something else: http://picasaweb.google.com/kdeckster/DrillPress#
Thanks for posting the pictures Kenny, and I like your modifications.

Kenny,
When I was working for a hydraulics shop years ago we had a large drill press with a motorized table. Didn't loose the index on it and we could drill and tap with it too. It was used primarily to drill and tap ports on pumps and motors in the pump shop.

I didn't use it myself as I ran the fabrication shop there but I do remember it as being a big boy.
Steve:

Could it have some of these manly drill presses.

http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/product.html?node=4617&product=362035

http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/product.html?node=4617&product=362077

http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/product.html?node=4617&product=362101

http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/products.html?node=4617&category=7286
 

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From the pictures it wasn't a Jet but was more similar to the radial drill press, I do know they could move it in and out to line up. Way bigger than the ones in the pictures. My knowledge is pretty limited on these machines and it did have a wide table similar to the vertical mills on Jets site.

This was in the late 70's for me and it seems this piece of equipment was almost $20,000 at the time.

I did look through the Jet site and saw something useful for me, I would like something that will slow down to 60 rpm, would like to find a good used one if possible.


The Woodtek we have now is 1" with 1 hp 120v motor and I measured from the column to the center of the chuck is 11 inches so does this mean it is an 11" drill press?

I found the model # and it is a CH25 made in 1994.
 

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The Woodtek we have now is 1" with 1 hp 120v motor and I measured from the column to the center of the chuck is 11 inches so does this mean it is an 11" drill press?

I found the model # and it is a CH25 made in 1994.
That makes it a 22" drill press! Sounds like a darn good DP to me! It may be worth re-powering it with a 3-phase motor and a VFD to give it variable speed and reverse.
 

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Such as it is, it hasn't had much use yet as we haven't drilled over a hundred holes with it so far.

Repowering with a variable speed drive may be a good idea.
 

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Please post a pic of your DP Steve.
 
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