14"+ Drill Press Hunting. Specific Brand/Model to look for?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 12-19-2018 12:40 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2018 12:40 AM

I currently have a Delta 10” benchtop drill press which has served me well these last 5 years. Due to upgrading my shop and some machinery, I would not mind a stand alone drill press. The new ones such as Porter Cable and Wen are (at this time) beyond what my wallet can afford. So that leaves me looking at craigslist and estate/garage/moving sales more closely. Of course, majority of use will be primary woodworking high RPM speeds. Secondary would be lower RPM metal working speeds in case I have aluminum or metal to hit.
Now I know folks with say the older vintage pre 80’s brands such as Craftsman, Delta/Rockwell, Powermatic, Walker-Turner, and all. But when looking at something like craigslist postings, there is no brand/model # listed just “DRILL PRESS” on many of these. I also know to check for runout, 2 or 3 pulleys, 12 or 16 speed, swing, quill depth, etc.

I’m just having a hard time “identifying” a worthy wood working floor model drill press. Example: when the posting just says Rockwell/Delta Drill press without knowing how many speeds. This posting is over an hour away at less than $100.


I guess it comes down to drill press knowledge and experience. Which I do not have :)

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 12:54 AM

I like to have them give me the model number before I drive far this way I can google it for reviews and posts :<))

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 07:20 PM

Look at the Vintage Machinery web site and search their photo index. Here is the Rockwell listing. You can probably find the model and photos there.

You can filter the “All Machines” index to display only drill presses by selecting “drill press” in the window at the top, above the listings.

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