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Old December 30th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #16
 
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Sign up on Harbor Freight Tools website and you will get coupons on a regular basis.

It's not a Craftsman, but if it is only going to be for a couple projects and not a family heirloom, I have found that most of their stuff is OK

I've checked these out, and they appear identical to my Craftsman...



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ChooseWisely - good Bridgeport advice! Lottsa friends have these olde guys....

GONRA sez if you can find an olde Clausing Vertical Mill, get it.
These can be easily disassembled into 3 (heavy) loads for moving. (Certainly MUCH easier than a Bridgeport!)
These are a REAL vertical mills, heavy quill, bed cranks up, etc.

Drill press guys must realize you CANNOT easily do much "drill press" milling
since thay are NOT designed for the heavy side loads - no heavy quill!!!

And if you ever tried to drill precise sight mounting holes in a hardened sheet metal UZI top plate,
you will appreciate a "crank up bed" REAL vertical milling machine for controlled displacement boring.
(Pulling down on a drill press handle just won't doit
and may wreck your expensive cemented tungsten carbide die drill!)

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Sign up on Harbor Freight Tools website and you will get coupons on a regular basis.

It's not a Craftsman, but if it is only going to be for a couple projects and not a family heirloom, I have found that most of their stuff is OK

I have one of those drill presses, sort of, by "Ohio Forge" which was (or maybe still is) the Home Depot brand. Right on it, it says, King Keng Fu, China. Mine is a late 1980s vintage.

Its not bad! Still gets regular use! There was a little bit of an issue with the table being out of kattywhompus, but a little file work on its mount fixed that. Changed out most of the fasteners to socket head cap screws, and... the plastic balls on the handle got brittle after a bit and flew off. I did grease up the shaft with some sort of red grease I had laying around. Can't remember what it was, but its still in there, and still going well. I oil the spindle from time to time, mostly to keep rust off. Still on the original belt, and the motor has never failed. I made a little quick adjust screw for the motor tensioner so speed changes are good and easy. Got very little runout, no vibration even at high speed. Mostly I'm boring wood with it for various little projects, but its done its share of sight mount work too.
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ChooseWisely - good Bridgeport advice! Lottsa friends have these olde guys....

GONRA sez if you can find an olde Clausing Vertical Mill, get it.
These can be easily disassembled into 3 (heavy) loads for moving. (Certainly MUCH easier than a Bridgeport!)
These are a REAL vertical mills, heavy quill, bed cranks up, etc.

Drill press guys must realize you CANNOT easily do much "drill press" milling
since thay are NOT designed for the heavy side loads - no heavy quill!!!

And if you ever tried to drill precise sight mounting holes in a hardened sheet metal UZI top plate,
you will appreciate a "crank up bed" REAL vertical milling machine for controlled displacement boring.
(Pulling down on a drill press handle just won't doit
and may wreck your expensive cemented tungsten carbide die drill!)
I got an Enco Mill / Drill which works pretty good for me.
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Sign up on Harbor Freight Tools website and you will get coupons on a regular basis.

It's not a Craftsman, but if it is only going to be for a couple projects and not a family heirloom, I have found that most of their stuff is OK

I have a Craftsman, and have examined this model at the local Harbor Freight store. I believe they are identical.
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I have Skil drill press from Lowe's, works well for me.



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A vise on the drill table is essential - and on the AR lower project, once you've got a line of holes drilled to depth you need to connect them ... this is where it can get iffy - but harbor also sells a crossfeed vise so you can crank in a little at a time and go down the line - making a smooth sides inside your cuts - sort of a redneck milling machine. The cheap route will work if you GO SLOW

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I would add my two cents to consider not buying the cheapest one you can find unless you don't care about precision or you check it out very carefully. I bought a cheap drill press years ago and it works fine for me but it has a slight wobble to it, so every hole I drill is slightly larger than the drill bit I use. No big deal when you're drilling holes in wood to make stuff for your kids but I couldn't use it for any type of precision work.
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I'll agree. That has been my experience. An inexpensive drill press can probably drill more accurately than I can with a hand drill but I have not seen any that have tolerances good enough for gunsmithing. Grab the bottom of the chuck and try to wobble it around....any movement isn't good enough for precision work in my opinion. Fortunately I have three neighbors who are machinists and have good equipment in their workshops. I missed out on a free Bridgeport.....guy though about me but didn't think I would use it so he gave it away....... M1911
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Sign up on Harbor Freight Tools website and you will get coupons on a regular basis.

It's not a Craftsman, but if it is only going to be for a couple projects and not a family heirloom, I have found that most of their stuff is OK

I have one just like this that I used for building guitars.

Not that I have a lot of experience in different brands but for the money this one is hard to beat.
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