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Posted on looking for a drill press ,question about jet

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#1 posted 01-31-2018 08:53 PM

Variable speed is nice to have and that press has lots of other nice features. Biggest issue with that VS press is the lowest speed is only 600 rpm. For several woodworking tasks, such as using larger forstner bits, that is simply too fast. You really need something that can get down to the 250 rpm range.

Changing belts is an inconvenience, using a large bit far too fast can destroy tools, wood or you. The measure of safety is worth a lot of belt changing to me.

- JayT

thanks for that insight.
so how about this
it only has 4” of stroke but minimum rpm is slower and it still has 1.5 nominal hp.

- 1201

I’d much rather have the used JET. At $500 budget, you are not going to get everything in a drill press, so will have to decide what features you need and what you can live without.

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