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Old December 25th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #1
 
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drill press under $100?

Hi - I have a project coming up that may give me an excuse to get a drill press. If I also intend to complete my own 80% AR lower, what do I need to look for in a drill press? --as far as technical details.

Also, any recommendations would be appreciated.



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I would suggest at least a 5/8 or 3/4" capacity,as the larger capacity drill press will be stronger, and stay truer. A variable speed system is a must and an adjustable table height (most have these) . You are looking at a used press given your stated budget so make sure there is no play in the spindle.
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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

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Haunt pawn shops. You can usually find a Craftsman bench top in good order for $75 or less. If you bolt them down to a sold surface they work pretty good for home owner use. Craig's List is also pretty fruitful.

If you're not going that way and need something more serious then maybe a floor mount.

The biggest requirement that most people over look is the depth of the unit's reach. That's the distance from the drill's center to the PIPE the unit is built with. This will determine how WIDE the piece you're working on can be.
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If you are planning on doing precision work with a drill press do not get a cheap one. If a 100 is your budget I would recommend that you find a buddy that has a good one and ask if you can borrow it. YMMV
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When I purchased my bench tools I went with Grizzly for a drill press.

It's hard to beat the specs on this, especially at this price point ($99). They have a free shipping coupon right now too and if you live out of state, no tax!

Shop our G7942 - 5 Speed Baby Drill Press at Grizzly.com
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If you're just looking for a casual use drill press the Grizzly and HF ones are fine. I got a Wen off Amazon at Thanksgiving which is about the same as these and it's fine for what I need. If I find something it won't do I'll upgrade.

I'm not sure they don't all come out of the same Chinese factory...
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thanks for the great ideas - add more if you have them.

thanks for the great ideas - add more if you have them.
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If you get the NRA rifleman magazine, they normally have coupons for Harbor Freight including up to 20% off coupons. If you can't get that, check in the store for their flyers.
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I have the Harbor Freight cheapo drill press. It's not something I'd ever use for precision metalwork. It's serviceable for general home DIY work and hobby use, and it's held up well for over 10 years, but don't skimp on tools for gunsmithing.
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thanks for the great ideas - add more if you have them.
Since you live in Texas, the possibility exists for local outfits which sell used commercially-used machinery. That would be the FIRST place to look, especially for something 30-40 years old or more, made in the USA. As previously mentioned, take a close look at the quill runout.
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Don't be afraid of an old Delta bench top model. They were built like a tank and could handle almost anything. Best part is, you can get them for less than $50. That is the only tool I ever regret selling.
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What you need to look for in a drill press if you intend to manufacture firearms, is a Bridgeport milling machine.
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I have a Grizzly bench model with a 1/3 HP motor, it will finish an 80% lower if you have very sharp tools and feed very slowly.
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what kind of drive system it has, and if it can be replaced. some presses run off of a belt.

and the horse power. and how fast/rpms the chuck will turn.

and how far the bench will adjust up and down.

and if you want a table top or floor mounted model.

Harbor Freight has a lot of different things if you happen to go in. they have all types of metal and wood working tools. I was surprised the first time I went in.

I recently went to Harbor Freight looking for a chain hoist, searched Home Depot, and had a 20% off anything coupon that Harbor Freight had sent in the mail. I went back to Harbor Freight and got $11 off a $50 one ton chain hoist. it is made by Hitchmaster, the company that makes hitches for receivers.

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