Ridgid DP1550 15" Drill Press

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Forum topic by JetJock posted 04-02-2008 03:07 AM 7661 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2008 03:07 AM

Hello everyone,

I’m in the market for a new drill press. The last drill press I purchased was a 12” Craftsman benchtop model and I was not happy with the wobble, it was really bad. I took the DP back to sears and told them about the wobble and the sales guy said “oh yeah, we’ve had a lot of similar complaints from other customers”. Would have been nice if he told me that before I bought the machine!!! Anyway, I need to drill precise holes. I really don’t want to spend any more than $300 on a new DP and I’ve been looking at the Ridgid floor model DP1550 at Home Depot. I’ve read several reviews and most are very positive.

Does anyone own one of these? Are you happy with the performance, fit and finish etc?

-- Todd C, Central Illinois

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 06:56 AM

Take a look in the reviews section on this site. There are 7 drill press reviewed there.
I like my Delta very much.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 11:14 AM

I have a craftsman that doesn’t even make a good boat anchor—no place to tie the rope. I’d echo Gary—the reviews are great and you will get honest opinions from fellow woodworkers.

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 12:19 PM

I like my delta also. I never thought I would need a laser site.. Now I love it too.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 04:37 AM

I have the Ridgid. It has been very good for me. It is the only drill press I have owned, but for my needs it works great. The fit and finish are excellent in my opinion. I have not really heard any complaints from anyone who owns one.

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 07:29 AM

I have the Rigid too. I would give the fit and finish a “good”, and the functionality an “excellent”.

Being an old machinist has its advantages. After assembly (get a friend to help!), I put an indicator on it and found:

<.0005” ‘slop’ in the quill
<.0015” runout in the spindle
<.002” runout on a chucked endmill

After a minor adjustment, I was able to ‘sweep’ a 9” circle on the table within .002”—that’s square within .0027”/ft. If I put a precise drill (don’t get me started…) in this machine, it will drill a precise hole.

Variable speed would be nice, but I can change speeds in a minute or less.

Here’s the table I recently built for it.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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