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Forum topic by plang posted 03-27-2014 05:02 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 05:02 PM

Ok. I don’t have the time to do any research, I’m just way to busy working on my house. My wife has informed me that she plans on purchasing me a benchtop drill press on her way home from work tonight so I need to know which one of these that is in the budget will serve me best. I know they are not high powered so I will be limited but will need to use some forstner bits if possible. So, out of these models which one would you suggest. The Ryobi model DP102L from Home Depot, the Craftsman model Z54113Z or the Skill sold by Lowes, don’t kmow model number, sorry. The Ryobi if at the top of the price range. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 05:10 PM

You’re not going to want to hear this, but my answer would be none of them.

Here’s the issue.

will need to use some forstner bits if possible

It’s not the power limitation as much as the speeds. Glanced at all three of those and the slowest any will go is 570 rpm. That is still too fast for any forstner bit over about 3/4in—for larger bits, you need to be able to get down to the 200-250 rpm range. I just sold my benchtop Delta for that exact reason and bought a used 16 speed floor model.

If you will never drill a hole larger than 3/4, then any of them will suffice.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 05:20 PM

Hmm. It really depends on what you do with it and how patient and flexible you are. I have this cheap Harbor Freight drill press.

It’s minimum speed is 780, but I have drilled with 2” forstner bits. Yes, I have stalled the motor, but easing up on feed rate will get you through.

Here’s a post showing some of the things i’ve done with it.


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

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 07:52 PM

The lack of slow speed will be a problem.
The lack of space between the table and the chuck will be a problem.
The short stroke capacity will be a problem.
The lack of power will be less of a problem, more like an annoyance.
I had a small 10” drill press and moved up to a 12” benchtop machine because of all the above reasons.
The largest benchtop machines out there all seem to have resolved those issues.
That class of machines usually stand about 40” to 42” tall and weigh about 80 to 100 lbs.

But, for mostly drilling holes in metal the smaller machines work okay. Woodworking is where you usually need the slower speeds, higher clearance, longer stroke, etc.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 01:00 AM

Harbor freight 38142.

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 01:31 AM

You might want to check out that Porter Cable Floor model drill press. I’m going to pick one up in June. It’s only $350 or so. It seems to be quite well reviewed. It’s got a decent travel length 4” and the lowest speed is 300RPM. Looks like a pretty decent tool. It’s pretty easy to check out at the Lowe’s website.

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 02:56 PM

Well, what did she come home with?
Inquiring minds want to know.

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#7 posted 03-28-2014 04:07 PM

Might be too late but in a recent review of benchtops the Craftsman came out on top in the smallest category and placed highly in all categories. Basically it was the same as most of the other presses but had a few extra touches like balanced wheels and I don’t remember what else.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 03-28-2014 04:31 PM

I think almost any drill press will do the job. Of all my shop tools, the DP is one I am least particular about. I have a Ridgid floor model and it is fine. Take a look at the PC floor model, it looked pretty good too.

I don’t think I would buy Ryobi based on experience with their smaller power tools.

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 03:42 AM

Crank49. No, due to the three responses I received before she got off work I was able to cut her off at the pass. I’m not sure what will happen at this point. I would like a floor model, (I use forstner bits up to 3 inches)l in the future but not in the budget right now. I was thinking about sending her roses (lol) to see if she would fork over another fifty dollars so I would be able to get the Craftsman 12 inch which might have a bit more power but the roses would cost more than what I need. “THAT’S ALL FOLKS”

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 03:47 AM

My baby Ryobi benchtop drill suits me fine. A custom table and fence $30 in materials does what I need it to do. I even rotary sand with it. Sanded some corners of ZC inserts (8 inserts) just a couple days ago.

Put your hands on the tool before you purchase.


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