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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 06-13-2013 03:25 PM 3778 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2013 03:25 PM

I found this Dayton drill press on craigslist and don’t know much about it. It’s only a hundred bucks. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 03:33 PM

From my experience, a functional, floor standing drill press of any brand for $100 is a good deal.

just check everything out..

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 03:55 PM

Dayton is solid stuff. Observe there is no rack and pinion to
raise and lower the table. It’s a good deal on a no frills

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 04:34 PM

Nice, but two things would be a deal killer for me; the lack of a rack and pinion to raise and lower the table, and the lowest speed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 05:36 PM

I have a DP with no rack and pinion…it was a pain. All I thought about was replacing it. I thought long and hard about a fix and came up with a engine hoist hydrolic cylinder under the table. (HF long stroke 29.00) It works very well, better than the rack and pinions I have used, but does restrict how low it can go a little. If you are interested PM me and I will send photos….

-- Mike

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 07:20 PM

Dayton is the home brand sold by Grainger, so their clientale will be contractor types as opposed to DIYer’s. Floor models tend to be top heavy, so it needs to be bolted down or weighed down with sand bags.

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 07:32 PM

My DPs don’t have any mechanism to raise the tables other than ‘loosen it and hope it doesn’t drop too fast and wiggle it up close to where you need.’ So why doesn’t anyone offer a retrofit kit including the toothed part that clamps to the post and a new table? It could be made for various post sizes and come in different lengths for benchtop vs. floor model.

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 07:35 PM

Actually, just found this trailer tongue stand that looks simple and cheap. I say buy that DP!

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 07:44 PM

Hope you didn’t wait too long to buy it. anything like that around here for $100 is gone in 60 seconds. I’da been all over that one.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 08:19 PM

”OR best offer” ......Here’s your chance , don’t blow it : )

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 08:29 PM

I’d buy it. You might consider that it’s probably spec’d for
metal drilling and the table probably locks rock solid, square
in all directions. It may not tilt. You can make an auxiliary
table that tilts forward.

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