Radial Drill Press thoughts/opinions?

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Forum topic by playeds posted 08-16-2012 01:26 AM 2914 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2012 01:26 AM

Any thoughts, opinions, and/or observations on this type… pros and cons compared to a standard drill press, etc would be greatly appreciated. Also, a reasonable value (range) estimate would be very helpful. The model in question is a Craftsman 2/3hp radial. Thank you.

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 01:42 AM

They are nice for woodworking, esp. chairs. There are some heavier ones
that are better suited to metal drilling as well.

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 02:31 AM

My needs would only be for wood. While it’s probably more drill than necessary, I am trying to decide if its worth the extra cost and weigh the pros/cons. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find any reviews and there is very little information available on this model.

Speaking of model, I forgot to add it to my original post. Its a Craftsman Model 137.219340

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 02:50 AM

I’ve considered one of these, off and on. I have a RIDGID DP1550, which is OK, but the small throat gets me every now and again, which prompts me to consider a radial. ShopFox has a radial for just a couple hundred dollars that would address my occasional needs. It comes in bench and floor models, but it just doesn’t seem as beefy as my RIDGID, which I know is far from a Rolls-Royce.

In an ideal world, I’d get a single phase Delta Unidrill, but they’re like rocking horse sh*t.

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 02:59 AM

I have often thought about one, but have always managed without too much effort on my part to do angle drilling. I have always fixtured up for it along with the ability to angle my drill press table. Come to think of it, Im sure i ll never buy one but I would use it if I had it.

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 07:18 PM

I have a Delta. Not sure of the model #, bought for $200 new 15 years ago.

Two problems. Under pressure you’re going to be flexing of the rear support -Giving In-accurate holes. Not suitable for making mortices.

Table doesn’t have a mechancal lift. Had to build a conterweight system to easy adj table. (Shop Notes)

Unless making chairs, the ability to drill angle holes doesn’t come up that often, for me.

-- Roger

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 08:18 PM

I can’t help but think they are a much better design for woodworking stuff, but every time I ask it’s seems I’m one of a few that think that. So, I still haven’t bought one…..but I keep thinking about it.

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

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