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Forum topic by pearson1662 posted 07-06-2014 09:06 PM 1458 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2014 09:06 PM

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I decided I wanted (need is such a strong word) a drill press, so I went to my local Craigslist to see if I could find a bargain. What I found is probably not a bargain but but the price didn’t repel me so I sent the fellow an email and he said the quill needs to be replaced because it wobbles.

I’m not a mechanical guy and have never owned a drill press, so I don’t know what that might imply. He claims it’s about a $25 fix. Does that sound reasonable?

He also said he couldn’t find a model number on it. Would you have any idea what this bench top drill press model might be? It’s a 45 minute drive to go look at it, so I’d like to have some idea what I’m getting into before I commit to go look at it.

Any help/info is appreciated.


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#1 posted 07-06-2014 09:35 PM

I would pass on it unless it was an amazing deal. The cheapest possible quill, on Ebay, might be as low as $25 but, a good quill may very well cost over $100.

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 11:01 PM

That doesn’t sound right, to be honest. If the quill wobbles, it’s probably either the bearings for the shaft, or the shaft itself. Replacing the bearings isn’t too expensive ($25 is about right), but it is sort of involved. If you don’t have a bearing puller, that doubles the cost at least. If it’s the shaft, then you’re looking at a lot more of an ordeal: finding a replacement, pulling the old shaft, removing the pulley, removing the bearings, etc.

The one caveat I would make is if the quill was just loose, because reseating it is very simple. It’s a press fit, typically, and you just put a scrap piece of 2×4 underneath the quill on the table and push hard on the handle.

Benchtop drill presses aren’t rare tools, so I’d wait for one that’s ready to go, if I were you.

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 11:16 PM

I would wait and find one that isn’t broken. HF has a floor model that gets high reviews. Benchtops constantly come up on CL, floor models not as much. (at least in my area) Even a crummy drill press is better than buying something you need to repair immediately. (unless its a SUPER deal). IMHO
Happy hunting!

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 11:51 PM

Can’t tell for sure, but it looks like an older model 11-900 or 11-950. A replacement qulll might not be that easy to find as they are listed as obsolete and unavailable from Delta. However, I’m with shampeon in that it doesn’t quite seem right that the quill could be the problem and is most likely something else. Could be as easy as a loose collar, or something bigger like toasted bearings or a bent shaft. No telling without tearing it apart. Are you feeling lucky? :)

Unless you are getting it for free, I’d remain patient and keep looking.


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#5 posted 07-07-2014 02:46 AM

looks identical to my drilll press. benchtop 10”, tho mine says 10” right under the delta sticker. i think i paid $75 for mine and it works 100% flawlessly. anything over $100, i would rather consider 14” or floor model.

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 02:51 AM

I think I’d want to know exactly what is wrong with it so I could price parts and approximate my repair time vs. taking his word on what’s wrong. There is an adapter that is pressed into the chuck and again into the spindle of the drill press, if that’s what he’s referring to, then those are more common and typically interchangeable. Again, I’d want to be sure before needlessly wasting my time and fuel.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 10:07 AM

I’m with shampeon. I think it’s unlikely that a quill went bad and finding the root cause and fixing it could become quite involved. Unless it’s a real bargain on the price, I’d avoid a used bench top drill press with known issues because there are some good new drill presses available at a reasonable rate.

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#8 posted 07-07-2014 02:28 PM

I got a Powermatic from Menards for $100. Changed the hand drill sized chuck right away with a $30 chuck I got off of Ebay. It has worked great for going on a year now.

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#9 posted 07-07-2014 02:47 PM

That drill press is just like mine, I paid 200 and when setting? it up I could not get rid of the wobble. I went to a local industrial supply and got one for 35 and now my press will spin the smallest drill with no wobble at all. Not a bad machine just need to get a new quality quill.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#10 posted 07-07-2014 02:54 PM

Thanks fellas. Sage advice from all. I think I’ll be patient. I appreciate you sharing your experience.

I’ll be back…

-- Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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