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Drill Press DP15500

Ridgid - Drill Press DP15500

Ridgid’s 15-in. floor-standing drill press features a cast-iron base and table, with a large clamping area on the table.

$297 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor Choice-Best Value

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 Ridgid had the smallest table at 11 in. square and the smallest chuck-to-post distance at 7-1/2 in. On the other hand, it had a tool-caddy accessory and nearly impeccable fit and finish. In addition, it was the only machine with the option to change the quill handle, or feed lever, from the right side to the left. Priced the lowest in the bunch, the Ridgid was my second favorite, after the Delta.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.0006 in.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ridgid
Manufacturer's Web Site www.ridgid.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-474-3443
Quill stroke 3-3/4 in.
Chuck Capacity 5/8 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 7-1/2 in.
Horsepower 1/2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 120v
Speed 12 speeds

Just bought the Rigid after passing on a Powermatic PM2800. I'd rather have a good basic drill press than the bells and whistles of the PM at an overinflated price. The Rigid has adequate capacity, easy belt changes, and surpisingly good quality. Great drill press at a very low price.

Though it doesn't have as much room from chuck to post, it is a very well built tool. Everything is easily assembled from the box, with a good fit and finish. Its power is more than enough to power most any bit, and will definitely last through the years. The tool caddy is a great addition, as it has come in handy quite a bit. Overall, I'm very impressed with this press, and would recommend it to just about anyone.

Excellent choice for wood-working. Love the clamp space on the table and the easy belt adjustments.

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