Out of woodworking, and Thinking of selling my VS 17" Drill Press--but should I?

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Forum topic by NeophyteGrant posted 05-30-2021 06:27 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2021 06:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press diy

I have a really nice Rikon VS 17” Floor DP. Works well. I’ve gotten out of woodworking and in all honestly don’t do much DIY around the house either (no time, all around). I was considering selling but the other day I used a handheld power planer to trim-to-fit a pressure treated rail on a gate, and am now wondering whether I’d regret letting it go (for you know, when I need to poke a beautiful square hole in something). Do I really need a DP in civilian life?

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#1 posted 05-30-2021 06:33 PM

Probably not, but you will regret it either way you go. But right now with tool shortages and price hikes, you might get more out of it versus waiting to sell it later (which you will likely do anyway).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 05-31-2021 10:09 PM

Thanks Fred—good insight. Appreciate it.

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#3 posted 06-02-2021 05:06 AM

The only time to sell a tool is, if you need money to eat or pay bills, If it’s pure junk and doesn’t do its job the way it should. For stationary tools only in the case of upgrading to something better. Keep it. You want it back once it’s gone.

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#4 posted 06-02-2021 06:24 PM

You will still need tools to maintain your home (since you had to fix a fence).
Unless you really wanted to use the floor space for another hobby or storage, I would keep it.
Or if you really wanted to sell it and use the cash for something else.

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#5 posted 06-03-2021 05:29 PM

Do you need the space?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#6 posted 06-03-2021 05:57 PM

The funny thing is I have had a drill press for 20 years or more, and I rarely use it for woodworking. I use it far more to drill straight holes through metal. In fact last time I used it was to repair an EZ-Up canopy that the wind tore apart. I used the drill press to drill holes in the arms and through some 1/4 aluminum bar that I riveted inside the broken pieces. I guess it depends on you though.

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#7 posted 06-04-2021 04:42 PM

I sold some tools when I moved and wished now that I hadn’t of done that.

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#8 posted 06-04-2021 06:32 PM

SMP—thanks that was really helpful. Really, I’m trying to come up with in advance with scenarios and yours gave me one I hadn’t thought of.

To answer others: don’t have a space issue and don’t REALLY need the money, though everyone could use some extra bucks (I have a lot of home improvement projects to pay for—all contracted out).

I guess I’ll juts hold off and see how the mood strikes me in a month. someone had mentioned before making decisions oike this wait a couple months and at the start of each month revist and see if you feel the same way. if after a couple cycles you still feel the same way after 3 or so months, you’ll probably feel that way later.

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