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Posted on Drill Press Quill Travel - How much do you *really* need??

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#1 posted 02-20-2020 05:16 PM

I have to disagree with half of that statement. My benchtop Craftsman has 2 1/2 inches and it drives me crazy. I wanted over 4, but settled on a used Delta 16 1/2 inch floor with 3 1/8. I have a document listing about every current 15 and 17 incher out there and basic specs. Had I not bought the Delta, I was going to get the 17 inch Palmgren. Rikon VS was second. Jet JDP 17 sure was nice, but both stores floor model had the depth adjustment not working correctly. Powermatic and Nova were flat too expensive.

Look carefully. Some do not go slow enough for big woodworking bits ( 600 RPM slowest on some) some not fast enough for small metal bits ( 2200 on some) . 3 1/8 stroke seems common on “cheaper” drills, 4 and 5 on slightly better. Some drills have tiny round tables or small T-slot better suited for metalwork. I settled on the 3 1/8 stroke as the old Delta had almost everything I wanted and I could pay for it. It is a HUGE step up. Not perfect, but I don’t live in Perfectville.

I would have liked a larger table. I woudl have liked a full 90 degree to the side tilt for drilling ends of longer stock, I would have liked Reeves drive, I would have liked 1 HP. Oh well, I would have liked to win the lottery too.

The thing that gives me confidence, is with the quill fully extended, I can barely feel the slightest of play. Just purrs running and it needs new belts. Go test a Horrible Freight. You measure the slop in mm. Many mm. Look at the pulleys. Rougher than sandpaper.

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