Can't Keep Both: 1951 Delta DP220 vs. 1988 Taiwanese Made Drill Press - Help!

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Forum topic by GrizzlyBagWorks posted 08-11-2015 07:29 PM 5008 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2015 07:29 PM

I feel like I’m having to make Sofie’s choice here. I was recently passed down a beautiful vintage Delta DP220 drill press. My Tawainese made drill press has many more features but lacks the character and history of the DP220.

Taiwanese Drill Press Pros:
- 3/4HP Motor
- 16-Speeds 195-3,630rpm
- Integrated Light
- Handcrank Raising/Lowering of Bed

Taiwanese Drill Press Cons:
- Not US Made
- Lacks ‘character’ of a Vintage Machine

Delta Pros:
- American Made
- Vintage Appeal
- Smooth / Accurate
- Jacobs Chuck

Delta Cons:
- 1/2HP Motor
- Only 3 Speeds (430, 765, 1275)
- Motor Pulley was Drilled Off Center, Needs new Motor Pulley

I do a bit of metal work as well as wood work so having a broader range of speed adjustment is a plus.

The Delta needs a new 4-step motor pulley (~$50) since the original was drilled off center.

I can only keep one. Which would you keep at why? I can’t do this on my own, lol :)

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#1 posted 08-11-2015 08:24 PM

For me its would be the Delta. I love the style of the older machines, it makes me happy when I use them. I dont change speeds on mine but maybe once a year, most of the time its set to a fairly low speed.


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#2 posted 08-11-2015 08:38 PM

The Delta on appearance and origin alone. How often do you use the higher speeds?

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#3 posted 08-11-2015 10:13 PM

Delta hands down. Sell the other and get a Delta benchtop, too.

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#4 posted 08-12-2015 06:32 PM

No brainer; keep the Delta. I have an earlier version of that DP (1938 vintage with round base). It just keeps on going and I expect it to outlast me. If you are up to the task, replace the motor with a DC or 3 phase motor and a VFD (one of my projects).

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#5 posted 08-12-2015 06:51 PM

Delta. Was that even a serious question? Maybe just because I love vintage (though not the green).

If it helps, I have heard that the older motors actually rank higher in hp than what is stated on the badge for one reason of another. This comes from the bullet motor on the unisaws being listed as 1.5 hp but actually runs higher.

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#6 posted 08-12-2015 07:08 PM

Unless the extra speeds are really important to you , I would keep the Delta . Way better quality I would think.

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#7 posted 08-12-2015 10:29 PM

Gotta agree with the others who said “Delta, keep it”

I also never change the speed on my drill press.

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#8 posted 08-12-2015 11:50 PM

I would go with the American made Delta, the older machines are way better than anything that comes out of Taiwan. As for the pulley, look for one through either yard sales or the flea market, usually run about $5.00 there, also other guys you may know would more than likely have a pulley laying around.

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#9 posted 08-13-2015 02:09 PM

Check the eBay, I found one there recently,$20.00, or so….

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 08-13-2015 02:28 PM

Delta! If for no other reason that it looks way cooler.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 08-13-2015 02:45 PM

Delta. Love old tools and they work!

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#13 posted 08-13-2015 02:53 PM


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#14 posted 08-13-2015 03:41 PM

Grizzly…just curious…if the Delta has a four-step pulley, why does it only have three speeds?


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#15 posted 08-13-2015 04:56 PM

You already have a pro and con list and a means of coming to a conclusion by yourself. It seems to me you already have enough to base a decision off.


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