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    Drill Press

    Does anyone have the delta 17-959 drill press? Looking at that, the steel city, and the new top end delta, but that's more than I really wanted to spend. Thought I'd see if anyone had any personal experience with one.

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    Dad and Bro have the 959. I have the 950 which is really just a giant "ShopMaster" ;-(. The 959 is a different class of machine, not just a bigger 950. The architecture is superior and the DP itself is one that more than one person purchased after returning their PM2800. I would hope the 18-900 is another step up in the woefully sparse "under $1000-decent drill press" market. I am not normally a Delta fan right off but, given the current selection and at the price, I would get the 959 and not feel uncertain about it at all.
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    Not sure what they cost, but I used a new Clausing the other day and it was very nice indeed. As a bonus it was made in Kalamazoo Michigan. Very nicely machined speed clutch.

    I have old Walker Turners. They can be found cheap and are as good as anything new. In fact my big one is reversible, has an oil pump/galley should I ever need it and has an auto feed threader drive, and I bought it for $250 on Fleabay. This thing weighs I would estimate close to a thousand pounds.

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    I still have a Delta and can't wait for the day I can replace it. At least that started the day I took it out of the box
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    Which delta did you buy Chuck?

    I've been looking for a good used drill press for months. Only run across one reasonable option, the 20" grizzly but it was gone before I could get in touch with the guy that had it listed.

    There's really not a lot I've seen new in that price range that caught my eye. I found the delta for $530 shipped this afternoon, most places want 550-600 + shipping.

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    That one. I'll go out and get the numbers off of it.
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    1987 14-040
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    That one. I'll go out and get the numbers off of it.
    So is that a big bending brake you have there chuck?

    And whats that alcove back there for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    So is that a big bending brake you have there chuck?

    And whats that alcove back there for?
    No it's a little one. A big one will bend 1/2" plate mine will only bend 24 gauge
    That is the wet work area. I have a water drill set up for the drill press and the tile saw, and a wet gem grinder that I still have not set up in there.
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    This is the drill press I want. It was love at first sight.

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