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Forum topic by Rayman24 posted 01-09-2016 03:09 AM 1090 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2016 03:09 AM

I am in the market for my 1st drill press. I am no means a professional woodworker, but more of a hobbyist working out of 1/3 of my garage. I do have several years of experience, and am passionate about doing quality work. Most of my projects consist of cutting boards, picture frames, shadow boxes, nightstands, tables etc…(usually for other people). With that said here is where my research has led me:

For the last year I have had my mind made up on the Porter Cable 12 speed floor drill press (model# PCB660DP). This machine seems to get good reviews and on paper looks like it would accomplish most of my needs, not to mention a good value @ $319. However I prefer to only ever buy 1 DP if possible so I have expanded my search and have started to fall in love with the Jet JDP-17 DP which is clearly a very nice machine and also gets good ratings, not to mention the table size, and the 5” spindle travel. I have been watching craigslist and have not had the good fortune of coming across a nice older machine in my area.

I’m curious to hear from some more experienced wood workers along with some current owners of either of these machines to get some more insight to which might be the best way for me to go. Keep in mind i just want to be able to open the box assemble it…make a few minor adjustments and go to work with it.

Is the Jet model worth twice the price of the PC? Is there a DP under $700 i should be considering also? What am i missing?

Thanks in advance!

-- Rayman24

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#1 posted 01-09-2016 04:05 AM

I did a good bit of research on DP and will be purchasing the Jet unit you mention above tomorrow. Woodcraft has Jet at 15% off for a few days so I am taking advantage of that.

I don’t have any knowledge of the PC other than my bias towards buying a DP from a company that focuses on handheld tools. I’m like you, buy it once and be happy with it for a looooong time!

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#2 posted 01-09-2016 07:24 AM

Good to hear fireball…will you be purchasing online? Do you know if the 15% off is good online? Is there a code I must get in order get this 15% off or is it good for everyone? Thanks again

-- Rayman24

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#3 posted 01-09-2016 09:12 AM

happily i remember owning one
spent my money and bought one not knowing that the day would come when i didnt need one

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 01-09-2016 06:20 PM

I have the PC. Works fine, affordable.

I too like the Jet, but…
This Rikon is way more interesting…

- 6” spindle travel vs 5
- Variable speed from a lever

This video shows why using the right speed is important:

Changing the position of the belt is a hassle…. most people never do it…

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#5 posted 01-09-2016 06:28 PM

The porter cable is a solid machine.

I’d still like to have variable speed and more spindle travel but I’m not paying more for a press even if I had the extra 350$. Its worth it. Just not to me if that makes sense.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 07:53 PM

I owned the Delta 16xxx (still do I guess but the guy that stored it for me cries when I ask about getting it back). It had a “dial” type depth setting (touch the bit to the piece, dial in the desired depth and lock it in). I now have the Delta 17xxx that uses the threaded rod stop…from day one that has to be treated with kid gloves since it takes very little pressure for the threads to by-pass the stop. Something to keep in mind.

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#7 posted 01-09-2016 10:03 PM

For woodworking? A few years ago I felt that I’d outgrown my 9” benchtop Craftsman and settled on literally any of Jet’s floor-standing models. Height , travel, etc. all were in order, and for $600 or 700 they looked and felt qualitatively superior to the PC and other locally available options. In the end I didn’t buy because a buddy upgraded his 80s-era HF (built like a tank, not at all like what I see in their stores today) and gifted it to me.

Point is I like the Jet and was wiilling to spend my money on it. PC felt like run-out waiting to happen. This may be important if you ever end up using your DP for maching/metal work.

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#8 posted 01-09-2016 10:22 PM

I think PC is the most confusing brand going right now. Their once highly respected hand power tools (routers and sanders) all seem to have been migrated to Dewalt yellow. Guessing the split from Delta left a void in the stationary tool category and the PC brand might be their entry into that category?

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#9 posted 01-09-2016 10:25 PM

This board needs a “delete” button…looks like a duplicate post day.

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#10 posted 01-10-2016 05:22 PM

I have a Delta bench top which serves my purpose fine. Have had it for several years.

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