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Unread 02-16-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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drill press

I've been looking around for a used drill press and came across this one. I was thinking about going to take a look at it but was looking for some feedback since I dont' know much about drill presses. my shop isn't very big and I don't have 3 phase power so it might not be a good fit.


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Unread 02-16-2011, 04:40 PM   #2
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Good deal, but you have to factor in the three phase converting.
I'm slowly learning that ponying up a bit more money up front to get what you really need/want is so much better than trying to adapt/compromise/upgrade/never-actually-getting-it-to-work.

I bet for another 50-100 bucks, there's one out there that's perfect for your needs and just has to be plugged into your wall.

There's 2 cents from me, a stranger on the internet. Do what you want with my advice.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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I wouldnt buy it
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Unread 02-16-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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dont buy
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Unread 02-16-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
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I'd probably pass on it too.. unless it was really well-made and I had a spare 1ph motor laying around that would swap out with the 3ph unit..

Heck, for about $300 (although I think the price is about $400ish now), I bought a brand new 1hp Drill Press with a 3/4" chuck from Northern. I've abused that drill press for about 8-9 years now and it still sees regular service in my shop.. It's not the "truest" running machine but it's drilled tens of thousands of holes..
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Unread 02-16-2011, 06:13 PM   #6
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Yeah, I bought the HF 1.5 hp drill press. I did try to get opinions and it was about 50/50 to buy/not buy. The drill press was on sale, and then I had one of the 20% off coupons, so I got it for under $400. I'm actually pretty impressed with it. I have only drilled a few hundred holes, but it runs "true" enough.

I think the HF version is practically the same as the Northern IIRC. Good luck.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Makes sense. Just needed talked out of it since it seemed like a decent deal.
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