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

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#1 posted 02-21-2020 12:54 AM

Simple math:
2 1/2 inch, $120 years ago. Drove me crazy but suffered with it for close to 30 years thankful I had a drill press at all.
3 1/8, $350 for a quality used tool. Far better. Not even an inch more, but makes a big difference.
6 inch for a super tool. Fine, want to spot me the other $1300 bucks? Buying a new band saw with it instead

I sent contact forms to several companies from whom I had asked for details and described some of the features they got wrong. Stroke is one. Another is table design. They could offer an option ( or second one for a small fortune) between a large open X slot and a fluid type T-slot. Many have lots of speeds, but the range is too small. 16 speeds they should be able to get from 150 to 3000 and production cost would not be any higher. If you need more precision that that, you should be using a mill. Not sure why so many are so short. 6 inches more post would be handy. Designed by five foot Chinese guys? I just set mine on a 4 inch platform so the work is high enough for me to see it. If more folks provided helpful feedback, it might help the future market. Longer stroke is not expensive either. Add an inch and a half to the spindle. Most would still fit inside the existing top covers! Fractions of a cent in production cost. Add 3 and it means a higher piece of molded plastic for the top. Once tooled, no real cost.

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