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Thread: Powermatic PM 2800 drill press

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    La Habra Hts. CA

    Powermatic PM 2800 drill press

    Has anyone purchased one of these or know anyone that has one? I would like to hear some input on the quality, precision etc. Delta is also coming out with their own version but it is taking forever. Then it will be a while before any reviews come out on it. Any help would be appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    doug, i have only heard one review from a guy on another forum and he was not impressed. can't remember why, but i am pretty sure he returned it.

    what about the steel city, i have heard nuthin but good about that one.

    hope someone has more info for you.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    The poor 2800 has taken a terrible beating in the reviews of buyers. I hope someone here can post who has actually tried the machine as second hand info is not good and that is all I have. Posts like:

    "I've owned a PM2800 18 variable speed drill press since Saturday. It's going back. It vibrates so bad you need ear plugs just to be around it."

    And another one:

    "I will most likely talk to my PM dealer tomorrow and see if I can return this unit. I keep finding more limitations with this drill press than I had expected."

    make me nervous though. I hope to hear some good about this machine as it looks so right on paper.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 12-04-2007 at 01:04 AM.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Reports like that reflect poorly on the company and it's entire product line. Have to wonder why/how they let something like that get off the assembly line. Where are their QC people?
    "Folks is funny critters."

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I'd buy a used one again in a heart beat, got a good deal and a GREAT drill press, the thing is 45 years old, and has NO run-out at all, NONE!

    I wonder how many "NEW" units can say the same?

    I too have heard great things about the Steel City tools, I think several guys have them, here, in the Family.
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Doug, get yourself a good used Bridgeport. Heck with the DP!
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    --Winston Churchill, in response

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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    I ordered the PM2800 back when. I read just to many kinks about it. One guy wrote up a full report of to many things cheaply made for a $1000 drill press. (By the time it got here)
    I canceled it and ordered the Steel City and I am sure glad I did. I can't see any drill press being much better than this one! Not to mention the price difference.

    I do wish however, that Steel City would make a wood working table similar to the Delta 17-959L If the Delta table would fit the SC and not cost as much as a complete drill press, I would get one in a heart beat.


  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Elgin, IL
    Here was a review from Frank Snyder at SMC. It didn't sound to favorable for the price.


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