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Drill press decision

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by Daniel94, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Daniel94

    Daniel94 Tele-Meister

    Oct 31, 2016
    Odessa, MO
    Im looking to upgrade my smal bench top drill press to something more useful for guitar building, specifically so that I can drill string through and ferrule holes on it. I'm looking used because I'm broke and because I love finding a good deal and putting old tools to good use.

    There's two I'm looking at right now and I'd like yalls advice on them.

    This 12" Delta is $175 and is a bench top model but looks to be in real good condition. I'm pretty sure I've heard a 12" press is just enough to reach the string through holes.

    This craftsman is $135, it's a 13" floor mounted press, looks to be sturdier but is missing one handle and doesn't look like it's in quite as good condition as the delta...

    So what do y'all think? I tend to like old craftsman tools, they seem like good quality tools for cheap and the craftsman is bigger and floor mounted, but if the delta is gonna be a better tool then I'm willing to spend more to get, I like to get the right tool the first time rather than upgrade again a year from now lol
  2. Il Duce

    Il Duce Tele-Holic

    Nov 11, 2013
    The only time that I like seeing duct tape is when I use it to fix something so I'd go for the Delta!
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  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I'd go for a floor model. Those spindles thread into pot metal. I had a couple at work and they strip out easy. I fixed them with some copper wire and hot glue. That held for a while, then I did it again. The Delta is a decent machine too. I'd probably hold out for a new one

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    This gets 4/5 stars

    At some point you are going to want more than a 6" depth on something.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017
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  4. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I had a little benchtop model like your first picture.
    I built a heavy steel frame to mount the head on - to get a true 12" throat. Then used the original pole to hold the table only.
    One all square and welded up I had a very versatile drill press for about 50 bucks.
    Might be an option for you.
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  5. PapaWheelie

    PapaWheelie Tele-Meister

    Oct 28, 2010
    I'd go for the floor model. Had both bench and floor mounted myself, the capacity of the floor model makes a lot of difference. You will eventually use it for more than guitars and find more uses. Cosmetics aren't important and can be fixed.
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