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Posted on looking for a drill press ,question about jet

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#1 posted 01-31-2018 10:01 AM

This is a good question and when it comes to drill presses I have been around many. There are two things I will say, first, to the floor or bench question…that depends on how big of work you might have to do with it. Nothing wrong with a bench type at all, except maybe that it will eat up some of your valuable bench space. Then again a floor press will take up floor space, so maybe it gets down to which one you have more of.
The one thing I personally look for in a drill press of any kind is the depth stop. You don’t use it all the time, but when you do it needs to be easy, accurate and repeatable. There are some depth stops that appear to be made with getting it out the door as fast and as cheap as possible. You do not want that type. I like the screw type with the double nuts. Arguably the worst ones have to be those stupid spring loaded vertical drum things that you spin….good example of just something to call a depth stop. Not sure how anyone is supposed to get that rig to repeat.

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