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Old 10-02-2017, 10:37 AM
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As others mentioned, watch CL. I picked up a South Bend bench top to augment my other presses for small work. $50
It is probably a 1950 vintage. Perfect working order and will be for the next caretakers life time.
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:29 PM
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I will never buy another drill press. When I needed a drill press last time, I decided to replace it with a small milling machine. It does *everything* that a drill press could, and much more, and does it all much more accurately.

MicroMark sells this one but Grizzly and a couple other places sell the same machine under their own brand name.
If I bought one of these things I'd spend all my shop time making stuff instead of building an airplane! Very cool machine - I had no idea that they were that reasonably priced. I assume that the chuck is pretty straight and solid?
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:04 PM
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So, Ed . . . which taper is not holding? The morse or the jacobs? why not just clean them, lap if needed and reinstall. This is a repairable issue if the all the other performance of the DP is acceptable.

Or like SCARD says, get a Clausing. $1000-1500 used in good condition.
Yes, and clean them with a solvent like acetone, NOT OIL. NOT Fuel oil. Oil is too thick. You need to clean the very clean with no molecules of anything in there. So a solvent like acetone or MEK is best then don't touch the surface and put it back together.

PS, you need several drill presses.
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:12 PM
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Default Jet 13R

I've got a Jet 13R that I got second hand in 1977. It's been a very decent drill press. I use it regularly. Works well.

It lacks some features that would be nice: variable-speed drive (I have to manually move the belt from one set of pulleys to another), a way to lock the spindle vertically (useful in making positional adjustments), and a laser (which would be another way to do it).

It's just a basic bench drill press and I'm glad to have it.

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Old 10-08-2017, 07:12 PM
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I have one of each. 20 years ago I bought an el cheapo from Big Lots. To keep the drill chuck on the taper I spot welded it on. That fixed that but when you put pressure on it while drilling the table flexes down and makes it drill a curve. Oh well, it works pretty good on wood. Later I bought a Grizzly mill/drill. It was well worth the money. I have done some milling with it but it is a better drill press than mill. The great thing about it is that you can use the table mover screws to drill holes with precise placement etc.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:15 PM
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Got the 12" Wen yesterday. It's as nice as I hoped it would be, and bigger.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:21 PM
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Got the 12" Wen yesterday. It's as nice as I hoped it would be, and bigger.
Dale, you will enjoy the Wen, I have used mine for a few projects and really like it. I recently added this little Wen accessory, ordered it from Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-4-in-...press+vice+wen



Nice value for $12.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:50 PM
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Sam - I've had one of those for a few years now. I think I'll just be using it a lot more now.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:41 AM
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Default Chuck for Wen Drill Press

I too have the Wen bench model drill press noted above.

Three things I did to it to make it a bit more "user friendly" for my purposes.

I cut 6" off the column to lower the headstock to a more reasonable operating position when it is mounted to my work table (36" high), I replaced the honkin' 5/8" chuck with a more appropriate (I think) 3/8 chuck; and I put an On/Off switch on the power cord so I can turn off the LED readout when not using the machine. I didn't like the idea of leaving that light on for eternity.

Since the drill uses a No. 2 MT in the quill - it is a simple replacement. Small when you want it most of the time; and, changed out those few times when you need 1/2 or larger, makes its overall use more convenient.

I found the laser centering lights not to be very accurate - but probably will not be used for that purpose very often.

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Old 10-11-2017, 08:11 AM
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I recently added this little Wen accessory, ordered it from Home Depot:

Nice value for $12.
Gasp!

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I too have the Wen bench model drill press noted above.

Three things I did to it to make it a bit more "user friendly" for my purposes.

I cut 6" off the column to lower the headstock to a more reasonable operating position when it is mounted to my work table (36" high), I replaced the honkin' 5/8" chuck with a more appropriate (I think) 3/8 chuck; and I put an On/Off switch on the power cord so I can turn off the LED readout when not using the machine. I didn't like the idea of leaving that light on for eternity.

Since the drill uses a No. 2 MT in the quill - it is a simple replacement. Small when you want it most of the time; and, changed out those few times when you need 1/2 or larger, makes its overall use more convenient.

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