JDP-15M Benchtop Drill Press - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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JDP-15M Benchtop Drill Press

Jet - JDP-15M Benchtop Drill Press

The Jet JDP-15M benchtop drill press features a large table and base, a work light, and a belt-change handle

$350 (As of 7/1/2007)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Drill Presses

by Charlie Reina

review date: July 1, 2007

Jet's model JDP-15M showed stand-out performance in our tests. We rated it Best Overall along with a similar model from General. The table on the Jet is also the biggest of the bunch. This model comes with a lever that allows you to move the motor forward and back for belt changing with ease. The mechanism for setting depth is excellent.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout .004 in.
Time to bore 2 in. dia. by 3/4-in. deep hole 12 sec.
Speed Changing Very Good
Depth-Set Ease Excellent

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Jet
Manufacturer's Web Site www.jettools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Quill stroke 3-1/8 in.
Chuck Capacity 5/8 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 7-1/2 in.
Horsepower 3/4 hp
Amps N/A
Volts N/A
Speed 16 Speeds (200-3630 rmp)
Quill to Benchtop 7-1/2 in.

Superb fit and finish. It is a HEAVY machine if you want to put it on a mobile base. Easy to follow instructions and get the 2nd helper if you need to lift the upper part on to the post. Otherwise, rig a block and tackle or some other device (hole thru a floor joist in basement worked for me). It weighs about 160 lbs. The specs on the FWW website are not correct. Quill distance to base is 24". Quill distance to table is 16.5" (when table moved to bottom of post). Subtract 3" when the chuck is mounted.Plenty of power especially with Forstners. Easy pulley/speed adjustment with label inside hood telling you the configuration. Quiet and smooth. The chuck has a spring in the key hole that keeps you from leaving the chuck key in place after snugging the bit in place. A real safety feature, but requires you to think and use another muscle to keep the key in place while you snug or unsnug the chuck. The table is large but is large in a dimension from post toward operator. If you mount an aftermarket table/fence affair on the machined table, I found it best to rotate this latter table 90 degrees. Follow the directions and its good to go out of the box.The bads: on my unit the threaded depth stop has some rough regions on it; not a smooth run thruout the up and down of setting the stop. While the large machined table is a plus, it could be even better if the large dimension was invested in a side-to-side configuration instead of front to back.

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