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Drill Press G7947

Grizzly Industrial - Drill Press G7947

Grizzly’s 17-in. floor-standing drill press features a 1-hp motor and a built-in work light.

$375 (As of 10/25/2005)

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

by Bernard Maas

review date: October 25, 2005

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 largest machine tested, at 275 lb., the Grizzly had a chuck that was difficult to turn at times, even after a thorough cleaning. Also the spring-loaded safety pin in the chuck key was stiff and tended to kick itself out of the chuck if not held firmly in place. The Grizzly had a longer quill stroke than most but still not the 6-in. capacity I prefer.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.007 in.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Grizzly Industrial
Manufacturer's Web Site www.grizzly.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 570-546-9663
Quill stroke 4-3/4 in.
Chuck Capacity 5/8 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 8-1/2 in.
Horsepower 1 hp
Amps N/A
Volts N/A
Speed 12 speeds

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