View Full Version : Drill Press...considering buying

02-10-2008, 08:49 PM
Hi Everyone,

I asked a while back about a good drill press. You folks suggested I stay away from the cheap imports, and wait till a good older machine came along. So I have been looking.

Came across this earler today:

"Old floor model Delta drill press. works well. Keyless chuck doesn't tighten, should be replaced"

I am a hobbist, motorcycle building, and I own/work on a small race car. So it is a tool I would like around.

What do you think? Would this be a good machine for metal work?



02-10-2008, 08:54 PM
Should be fine but only for small drills. The bottom speed on these is too fast for a 1/2" drill in mild steel. If you are going to drill anything up to 3/4" you need one with a countershaft. Peter

J Tiers
02-10-2008, 08:58 PM
My two cents (valuation disputable).

It may be an OK machine.

I personally would prefer:

a table that has a crank adjustment, not a "loosen and lift" setup.

a "foot" that had a flat for placing tall items for drilling

Also, check the quill movement..

If you can get it, hold out for 6" of quill movement. Makes a huge difference with larger and longer drills. Can't tell what that has, could be 4 or 5 which is acceptable also.

See if the machine will accept and drive larger drills. It's good to be able to swing a 3/4" or even 1" drill, if you can get it.

All that said, the machine may be good, and if there isn't too much slop, it might be fine for you.

I wouldn't turn it down unless it is obviously not going to work for you or it has bad mechanical problems, or a stupid price. it's likely much better than no DP, and should be much cheaper than an inferior import or Sears DP of similar size.

I don't agree about the countershaft..... I have an Atlas 18" (same as clausing 1800) which will go to 1" + in cast iron and nearly that (15/16") in steel. No countershaft, just 1 HP and a big step pulley setup.

Bill Pace
02-10-2008, 09:14 PM
I dont know about your area of the country, but around here tooling is just about non existant... there might be an older craftsman DP crop up occasionally---maybe, ---then, what kind of condition is it in?

I needed/wanted a DP, so I figured with Harbor Frts liberal return policy, I'd try one of the better looking floor models and if it was crappy I'd just return it. So. I waited til it was on sale (most always is) at $200 (half price) and brought it home----Doggone, if I 'm not pretty impressed with the thing!--- Its tight, smooth, real nice fit & finish.... I got no complaint for $200.

I AM a HSM, and it hasnt seen any extended use, but still ....

I pretty quickly put a DC treadmill motor on it to gain the variable speed, with the added benefit of the slow speeds attainable with that, --- and, the high speeds also! Its gonna struggle with the larger bits, say over 1/2",---- but, I got a mill.....