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Forum topic by Newbie17 posted 11-27-2020 05:26 PM 425 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2020 05:26 PM

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I’m looking to buy a drill press for the first time. I’ve never used one, ever. It seems the time has come to make the leap as I’ve delved further and further into woodworking. My project list includes kitchen cabinets, bunk beds, hidden bookcase door, dressers, bed frame with wall unit at the headboard, etc.

I’m currently looking at a floor stand model (Jet JDP-17) and a bench top model (Nova Viking). First question for the bench top drill press owners is do you find yourself in situations where you cannot drill the hole because of height limitations?

Other information: I do know about the Nova Voyager, but I went on a spending spree the last couple of days and I don’t want my wife to leave me. If I wait until next summer, she’ll let me buy it I’m sure, but is it worth the cost difference? If I buy it next summer, then it will put off buying the Jet 2244 oscillating drum sander….

Here is a comparison chart I made.


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#1 posted 11-27-2020 06:25 PM

I’m not familiar with those drill presses. But if cost is a factor I would shop for a used one; there are a lot of them out there. In most woodworking shops they do not get a lot of use like say a table saw so they last forever. I’m in the process of helping an old friend liquidate his shop tools (in Oregon) and he has a great used drill press that will be sold soon.

Floor mounts are great but I have seldom needed more than about 16” of space between the spindle and the table and on most bench models the power head can be rotated 180 degrees out past the bench and some sort of jig set up on the rare occasion it might be needed. Of course the bottom would need to be secured so it doesn’t tip over.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-27-2020 10:02 PM

I was wrong about the wife. She says I’m spending too much time researching drill presses and wants me to buy the Nova Voyager so I pay more attention to her and other things in life. I guess I should listen to her. : )

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#3 posted 11-27-2020 11:13 PM

Great choice…I have one and love it.

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#4 posted 11-28-2020 01:29 AM

Floor model takes up no more room in most instances and gets you a lot more versatility. IMHO

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 02:04 PM

I have the Nova Voyager and love it. My $0.02

Good wife also.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#6 posted 11-29-2020 03:57 PM

The main differences in drill presses are necessarily the height. I have both a floor model and bench model Jet. I have never had to drill into anything that the bench top model is too short for. The limitations are from the bit to the post holding the head, the “swing”. The Viking looks like “the one”.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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