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Drill press for chassis and turret boards

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by DrPepper, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. DrPepper

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    I got a cheap one and I really regret it. It always slightly elongates any hole I drill.
     
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    If you will be drilling steel make sure the press will go to a high enough RPM for your smallest hole. And enough horsepower for the biggest. This is especially true if you plan to use hole saws for tube sockets (which I don’t recommend). I have a 1 1/2 hp cheap drill press. I does the job for the tasks you are planning on doing.
     
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    I have cheap HF drill press that my dad gave me for free, and it's worth every penny I paid for it. Wobbly junk.

    To be fair, I have some other HF stuff that's okay.
     
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    I have a little Craftsman that works alright. If you’re going to go for it I’d get a mini mill. Then you can do oblong holes and some other special stuff for chassis’. :)
     
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    Rikon anything is overpriced. Yean, they sell it at Woodcraft, but it's really not that good.

    If you want to get into a good drill press, watch the local ads and pick up a used Rockwell, Delta, Powermatic, etc., and save a chunk of change over getting a new one that's not made as well. You can still get parts for these old beasts and they last pretty much forever.

    A drill press is not required to make and modify steel amp chasses. Get yourself a knockout punch kit to make holes for tube sockets (makes cleaner holes than a hole saw). A hand drill with a step bit will do all the smaller holes for switches, lights, and pots. This method is cheaper and takes up less space.

    Knockout punch kit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RXNQ7N5/

    Step drills: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076QC39PY/
     
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    I’ve had my 1954 Delta/Milwaukee drill press since 1992. It’s workhorse and a half. I’ve replaced the quill bearing once and the tapered chuck once. I can’t remember what I paid for it but it was a smokin’ deal back then. I like it better than all but the highest-end drill presses made today.
     
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    Now looking at the Wen 4208... Around a hundred bucks. I'll probably go this route
     
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    If I had bigger aspirations I would search for something like this... I will only be doing turret boards and a handful of holes in a few chassis's.
     
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    i have a Delta 17-900 16.5" drill press. It's a decent tool but would be one tool I probably upgrade. One thing I've learned about owning a drill press I use it all the time it gets overworked more than any tool. Unfortunately the price of new drill presses are extremely high, I would search for a used one just keep in mind you will find many task for it.
     
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    The only thing I use a press for is the board holes for the turrets. Punches and a hand drill do all my chassis stuff.
     
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    This is where I am headed. I think the Wen will do what I need... And, in all reality, I will probably only use ready to build chassis's.
     
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    I would normally always hold out and buy a hardcore, vintage example of something like this. But I saw a cheap CHinese drill press, branded Parkside, in a discount store called LIdl, I think for £59 UK and it's been brilliant. So far I've made 3 chassis with it, so for £20 a chassis (ok, pljs £20 for one blank, £10 for the other) it absolutely does the job.

    A vintage item migth be better but would probably be bulkier and heavier too.

    I'm still learning how to use it better, but I know the drill press helps me do a more accurate job. I don't think I could have done my recent EF80 5E3 micro without it
     
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    Buy the Rikon. You'll never regret having ample power but you'll quickly regret not having enough.
     
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    Got most of my larger power tools off craigslist......OG’s selling quality stuff for cheap.
     
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    Actually a small table top unit like this should be perfect for making turret boards as long as the arbor is dtrong enough for staking the turrets... 61LXF-AipeL._AC_SL1192_.jpg
     
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    I have a cheap drill press that I bought from a truck in a parking lot. I’ve gotten years of use out of it. Only 2 complaints, the chuck it came with won’t hold drills smaller than about 7/64 and the scale on the depth stop is useless . Once the depth is set it works fine
     
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    I use the Delta for chassis work and the Ryobi for smaller stuff. At my last job, I had a mini-press that was great for drilling PCBs.

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    Craigslist is your friend for drill presses. Like routers, they seem to be one of those tools that are regularly available at a fraction of their value. Around here at least, you often see good quality, full size drill presses for sale for $100-200.
     
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