Drill Press — Purchasing a new (used) one
I would appreciate some advice on options for drill press purchases. I have done some research, and I thought a radial drill press would be a good bet because of its flexibility. Unfortunately, after more reading, it appears there are issues with the lower to mid price radial drill presses (under $500); e.g., flex when the head is far from the post, quill wobble etc (however, FWW 2007 review of the Grizzly and Shop Fox didn’t mention this).
I looked around and started to focus on the powermatic 1150 and 1200 drill presses due to their good reviews. I guess I could get most of the things I like about the radial drill press by replacing the standard table with one that tilts. I also like the Powermatic 6″ travel vs.the 3.25″ on the Grizzly et al. Finally, I want to buy one drill press that lasts a long long time. I have no desire to replace it because I tried to be cheap or stupid because of a deal that is to good to pass up.
Here are my questions:
1. How many of you use a 30+” swing like on the Rikon 30-251 model or the Grizzly G7946?
2. Is the 1/3-1/2 HP enough power to user with Forstner Bits?
3. What has been your experience with the old Powermatics?
4. How important or useful is a variable speed feature?
Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to getting the collective wisdom of the group.