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Thread: Why Would The Delta 20" Drill Press NOT Be A Good Choice?

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    Why Would The Delta 20" Drill Press NOT Be A Good Choice?

    I am researching a new Drill Press. I have looked at the new Delta 20" introduced at the Atlanta show, but its availability keeps getting delayed - now sometime February or March '07. I like its 6"+ quill travel. The new Powermatic 2800 is out and available. However, the Delta 20" 70-200 has been out for a while and looks substantial. After reviewing its features below, what does it lack to be a solid addition to a woodworking shop?

    20" 1HP 120/240V Drill Press Model 70-200:

    Speed Range: 150-2200
    Chuck Taper: Jacobs 3
    Quill: Diameter - 2 7/16"
    Quill Stroke: 4 3/4"
    Capacities: Key chuck= 5/8"; chuck to table= 24 1/2"; chuck to base= 44"
    Overall Dimensions: 67" tall; 18 1/2" wide; 34" deep
    Weight: 345 lbs.
    Quill Travel: 4 3/4" step pulley or variable speed
    Motor: 1HP 120/240V, single phase; 60 Hz.; 1720RPM
    Spindle Speeds: 150, 260, 300, 440, 490, 540, 1150, 1550, 2200
    Table: Cast-iron, production type with clamping slots and coolant trough; 18 3/8" x 16 1/8"; tilt= 0 to 45 degs left and right
    Column Diameter: 3 5/8"
    Spindle Taper: #3 Morse Taper

    Thank you for your input.
    Jeff Wright
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    jeff, what are you wanting to do with a drill press? i`ve got by with the 17" tai/chi units for years in a woodshop......20" is nice! but do you need(or want) the extra deapth and associated costs? tod
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    jeff, what are you wanting to do with a drill press? i`ve got by with the 17" tai/chi units for years in a woodshop......20" is nice! but do you need(or want) the extra deapth and associated costs? tod
    Tod, I will be building cabinets and furniture (and maybe an occasional small boat). But I also suffer from the syndrome of wanting to buy my last piece of equipment first and not being frustrated with a tool inadequate to do the job. If spending a couple hundred extra will help insure satisfaction, I figure it's money well spent.
    Jeff Wright
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    jeff, if money is less of an issue than function...then go for the longest quill stroke available, 1 hp or greater motor, a large square table.......then throat depth.........then if you`ve not broke the bank and changing belts bothers you look at variable speed.............if ya` ain`t skeered yet , then look at the "gearhead " units.........some of these compare price wise to used bridgeports! which is the next step up.......and may be an option if you don`t mind used machines? older bridgeports that are worn for metal working have tighter tollerances than most new drill presses plus have x-y tables, deap throats and tons of power.........something to think about? tod
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    [quote=tod evans;5883]if ya` ain`t skeered yet , then look at the "gearhead " units.........some of these compare price wise to used bridgeports! which is the next step up.......

    Tod,

    1] What's a gearhead unit?
    2] Any hints about where I might find a used Bridgeport for sale?

    Thanks for your input . . . good info.
    Jeff Wright
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    jeff, here`s a link to the gearheaded units carried through amazon;
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_hi...ad+drill+press

    for a used bridgeport? look local `cause they`re heavy! maybe a machine shop upgrading, or one going out of business......used equipment dealers....
    bridgeports are really cool machines! if a person knows how to run one well he can build just about any tool in the shop with one.......but they`ll kick butt as a drill press .......tod
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    Jeff,
    While not a Bridgeport here's a lead on a Clausing in Tarpon Springs.
    http://tampa.craigslist.org/tls/232919649.html

    The older Clausing are very nice machines also and would do a bang up job as a precsion drill.
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    Jeff,
    If you've never seem one before here' is a picture.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Good thread. I think this thread really makes the point that links add value to the forum.

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    don, clausings are darn nice machines too! if the guy on craigs list is including some tooling?( it`s worded like he is) that`d be a potential steal.....
    more food for thought eh jeff
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