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I currently have a Delta 12" bench top drill press and for the most part it suits my shops needs. However there are times when I could really use more throat depth than what the Delta provides. I am looking at the Grizzly catalog and I see a 5 speed Bench Top 34" Radial Drill Press (G7945). From the picture it looks like this is exactly what I am looking for. However the write up says that it has a 34" adjustable swing. Based on what I see it looks to me that the whole motor assembly slides (in and out) so that you could have considerable (assuming 34") throat depth. My confusion comes in looking at the table as it looks like it falls way short of being able to support that depth. If building a larger table is all I have to do I am fine with that. I just want to make sure I understand how this tool works. I get that the head swivels to drill at different angles but I want to know if it also slides to give me the ability to drill wider material.

The floor model is only $20 more and it looks like that has a table that swings out farther. Space is more of a consideration than the extra $20 so that is why I am looking at the smaller unit.

Does anyone have one of these, and if so could you shed some light on its capabilities and functionality?
Does it work well?

I am not looking for pinpoint accuracy in the drilling process just the ability to drill reasonably straight holes in wide material.
 

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that is the drill i too hope to get sometime

the table itself is stationary from the post
although it does rise and tilt and swivel too
the whole head can be swiveled for further out-reach
but a separate shop built table needs to be made for it
one that can be raised or lowered independently
to set the work on
or even maybe placed on the floor
with just the drill head overhead

it is the only drill i know of that can do this
since most are set to the post distance

the base of the bench top model
would need to be bolted solid to a sturdy table at a corner
to be able to use it out-board to its full extent for the furthest and highest use

the regular table could have a ply one over it
with some out-board adjustable leg
to keep it from flexing at the further distance
for normal flat stock drilling
 

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That is exactly the answer I was looking for. Thanks kdc68. Looks like a Merry Christmas to me gift will be on order shortly.
 

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I have a similar drill press made by Delta.
For the most part I am satisfied with the drilling operations. I have never used anywhere near the full capacity, at most 16" or so and only on one project. At any extension over 14" there is to me, a noticeable flex in both the horizontal and vertical columns. The bits were sharp forstners - 3/4" and 1 1/2".
The table as you noted is small, I had to build an auxiliary table to support doors etc for drilling, especially at 12" or more extension.
I don't like that on mine it doesn't have the crank to raise and lower the table.
 

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I've had the floor mount radial from Laguna since ~2010. The table is small but it's on an arm that will extend with the head but I've been wanting to add a larger top to it for better accuracy.
I was happy with the radial since it was much lighter than their other models but I get the sensation that it lost some accuracy; if I give it too much pressure when it's extended, the collar that attaches to the center post will shift up and down slightly. I'll normally keep it cranked pretty far back unless I need the capacity.
It's definitely a versatile option. I'd get it again if I had the choice.
 

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Dez/WMD2006… Great info. I have seen reviews on radial drill presses that talk about the accuracy issues you have both mentioned. From the video referenced by kdc68 the host mentioned and I could see some flex and slop when they ran it to max extension. For what I am looking to do with it I can live with that.

When the unit is not extended do you still experience the flex/inaccuracy issue? I would assume that in the retracted position there should be far less flex.

I may actually look at getting the floor model instead of the bench top just for the stability issues of the bench top being so top heavy. Just trying to figure out where I am going to put it in my shop. It may end up on a portable base with locking wheels.
 

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Dez/WMD2006… Great info. I have seen reviews on radial drill presses that talk about the accuracy issues you have both mentioned. From the video referenced by kdc68 the host mentioned and I could see some flex and slop when they ran it to max extension. For what I am looking to do with it I can live with that.

When the unit is not extended do you still experience the flex/inaccuracy issue? I would assume that in the retracted position there should be far less flex.

I may actually look at getting the floor model instead of the bench top just for the stability issues of the bench top being so top heavy. Just trying to figure out where I am going to put it in my shop. It may end up on a portable base with locking wheels.

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I own the Porter Cable 15" on a mobile base. Well worth the time, effort, and expense. Very stable and wheels in and out of the corner of my small shop easily.
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