Drill Press BW1785F - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Drill Press BW1785F

Bridgewood - Drill Press BW1785F

Bridgewood’s 17-in. drill press features heavy cast-iron components and a 5/8-in. chuck

$329 (As of 4/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Drill-Press Review

by Bernard Maas

review date: April 1, 2003

Having decided to search for lower-priced, full-height drill presses that might be a good choice for a home shop, I came up with nine 15-in. to 17-in. models to review.

To evaluate and compare them, I noted the condition of each after shipping and the ease of assembly. I looked at chuck-to-post distance, table size, overall height, motor rating, speeds, length of quill stroke, finish, and stability. I tested the accuracy of each machine out of the box: runout on the chuck and spindle-to-table perpendicularity. Finally, I looked at noise level, vibration, table-height adjustment, speed changes, depth adjustment, quill-return tension, and the presence or absence of a quill lock.

The Bridgewood had a chuck key that was easy to use. It was the lightest machine tested and next to the lowest in price.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.008 in.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bridgewood
Manufacturer's Web Site www.wilkemach.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-235-2100
Quill stroke 3-5/16 in.
Chuck Capacity 5/8 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 8-1/2 in.
Horsepower 3/4 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 110 v
Speed 12 speeds

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