Drill press suggestions - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > General Tech
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

greatlakes4x4.com is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 9th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #1
Kodiak450r
Keep on truckin
 
Kodiak450r's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-14-07
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 5,911
iTrader: (19)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default Drill press suggestions

Looking to buy a drill press to add to my tool collection. Can i get away with a HF model, or should i stick to name brand models? price range is less then $300. This will mainly be used for drilling metal, i'm not sure if a 5 speed will work or should i look at more speeds?
Kodiak450r is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old March 9th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #2
rentalrider
Senior Member
 
rentalrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-13-07
Location: West Branch, Mi
Posts: 1,055
iTrader: (3)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I like the grizzly model.

Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
rentalrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #3
Haggar
Covered in mud...
 
Haggar's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Oxford, MI
Posts: 17,723
iTrader: (56)
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Default

Some of the better HF ones aren't too bad. # of speeds isn't as important as RPM. YOu want to be in the low 100's, like 120 or 140 rpm.

Honestly, the HF one I have almost never gets taken off that lowest speed. It has done fine for 7 or 8 years.

I will say this, though, I have a mill now, also, and that does my drilling these days. Haven't chucked a bit into the HF one for at least 2 years. The difference in runout and rigidity are night and day. The HF drill chatters a good bit. You never get nice spirals of metal when using the big twist bits. Same bits in the mill will make perfect spirals of razor thin steel. The chucks aren't very good on the HF one either, they like to loosen up.

But, that said, the HF works decent for a basic press.
Haggar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 9th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #4
Kodiak450r
Keep on truckin
 
Kodiak450r's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-14-07
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 5,911
iTrader: (19)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haggar View Post
Some of the better HF ones aren't too bad. # of speeds isn't as important as RPM. YOu want to be in the low 100's, like 120 or 140 rpm.

Honestly, the HF one I have almost never gets taken off that lowest speed. It has done fine for 7 or 8 years.

I will say this, though, I have a mill now, also, and that does my drilling these days. Haven't chucked a bit into the HF one for at least 2 years. The difference in runout and rigidity are night and day. The HF drill chatters a good bit. You never get nice spirals of metal when using the big twist bits. Same bits in the mill will make perfect spirals of razor thin steel. The chucks aren't very good on the HF one either, they like to loosen up.

But, that said, the HF works decent for a basic press.
i wish i had the $$ for a small bridgeport. i could have a field day with one of those. as i have been pricing and comparing drill presses for the past few hours i've noticed most of the inexpensive models appear almost identical in specifications and appearance. make me wonder if they aren't all made in the same plant with different names put on them.
Kodiak450r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2012, 06:03 AM   #5
whiterhino
I'm not old, honest...
 
whiterhino's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-07-06
Location: Davisburg MI
Posts: 21,743
iTrader: (21)
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Default

What Jesus said. I have a Delta drill press, bought originally for mostly wood working. I still use it a lot for simple things since it's easier to put a big piece on the flat table and move it around easier than the Bridgeport. BTW, there really isn't a "small" Bridgeport. I think the smallest is a 36" table. If you're going to go to the effort to get one, I like the larger table better.
__________________
GLFWDA member since 1979.
Member Southern Michigan Rock Crawlers.
whiterhino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #6
bigbchevy
missmrgreenagain
 
bigbchevy's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-15-07
Location: fenton /hartland mi
Posts: 19,348
iTrader: (167)
Mentioned: 65 Post(s)
Default

tsc has some good ones
__________________
H.o.r.e
(mr.green)So you are calling CC a liar?? Not a nice way to treat your bitch.
tube bending and gear installs pm me for info! gears installed for $150 and up per axle.
bigbchevy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #7
Bones
skillicous
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Posts: 11,501
iTrader: (37)
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Bones
Default

there are usually a bunch of drill presses on craigslist. People must buy them for a project and then never use them for 3 years and sell them.
__________________
Inviscid Motorsports

Special Thanks and Recommendations to;
Motorcity Machines
Ironman Offroad
Branik Motorsports
Maxxis Tires

Raceline Wheels
PAC Racing Springs
Joint Clutch and Gear
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 16th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #8
Kodiak450r
Keep on truckin
 
Kodiak450r's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-14-07
Location: Waterford, MI
Posts: 5,911
iTrader: (19)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

well ended up getting one from harbor freight. hate china made shit but i can't find a better deal to suit my needs. ended up paying 180 out the door for the 16 speed floor model. assembling it was a piece of cake, but i found out the crank system for the table needed work. the gears inside have no washers or anything between them and the housing, so i installed 2 washers on the handle gear, then packed the inside of the housing with grease. goes up and down smooth as can be. just tried the drill out, and with a 3/8 bit i got through a 1/2 piece of bar stock in no time on the 720 rpm setting. i think i'm going to make a drip oiler though as metal cuts better with lubrication.
Kodiak450r is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > General Tech

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:26 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Page generated in 0.15141 seconds with 44 queries