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Need Help Choosing A Benchtop Drill Press

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#21 RayburnGuy


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Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:39 PM

I still haven't made up my mind. I'm thinking I may try the Craftsman as we have a Sears store not far from me and it can be returned with no shipping costs if it turns out to be a piece of crap. If I come up with a good drill press that doesn't break me I'll let everyone know.


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:23 AM

Harbor freight sells a good bench top drill press but make sure you get the press with the keyed chuck. The cheaper model has a problem holding bits. Also Harbor freight has a 20% off coupon every so often that makes the price quite good. I have the keyed chuck press and am building a full scale airplane, I have drilled countless holes in aluminun as well as some in steel 3/8 inch thick and have had no problems. The key is to run the press at the proper speed and don't skimp on bits get the best you can buy and they will cut properly and last.
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