93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 7:30 a.m.

Simple question who makes a good drill press? I need to pick one out for work. I would prefer American made but quality is the most important thing.

ThePhranc
ThePhranc Reader
10/26/11 8:03 a.m.

Dake?

Grtechguy
Grtechguy SuperDork
10/26/11 8:07 a.m.

Delta

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 Dork
10/26/11 8:08 a.m.

Wow. If American-made electric grinders are hard to find, I suspect drill presses will be even more so. At least those aimed at the home shop market. My big-box bought Ryobi is very Chinese, and pretty crappy. Fortunately, I'm not using it for a lot of precision work, and it's still a big improvement over trying to use a hand drill.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 8:15 a.m.

In reply to 1988RedT2:

It isn't for the home shop. It is for the shop at work.

oldtin
oldtin Dork
10/26/11 8:20 a.m.

Baileigh Industrial - wisconsin company

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
10/26/11 8:32 a.m.

I've been looking for one also. Not sure there is anything made in the USA, but maybe. I'm looking for home use, but I decided to look at used commerical grade units instead of cheap new units. Here in Cleveland we have a company that sells used equipment of all kinds. They have an enormous warehouse. They aren't the cheapest, but it's one of those places where if you can't find it it doesn't exist. Might you have something like that near you?

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury SuperDork
10/26/11 8:40 a.m.

+1 for Delta

ThePhranc
ThePhranc Reader
10/26/11 8:41 a.m.
oldtin wrote: Baileigh Industrial - wisconsin company

Thats the one I couldn't remember. They make really good stuff.

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
10/26/11 8:48 a.m.
oldtin wrote: Baileigh Industrial - wisconsin company

Pretty sure they import the same stuff as Enco, Jet, etc.

Might be wrong though.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
10/26/11 8:54 a.m.

Last time I checked, some Delta stuff was decent and some was the typical crap. Guess all I'm saying is that with Delta, look close at what you are buying, don't just assume it's good.

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
10/26/11 8:56 a.m.

I've used several PowerMatics like this - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Powermatic-1150A-Variable-Speed-Drill-Press-208v-1ph-/260813276520?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb9aec568 Good drills. We had a 4 head one that was awesome - Set each head up for a different operation on a part, and you could knock out some real production.

Not sure if Powermatic still makes metal equipment, nor if they are still USA.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 8:59 a.m.

Like I said American made isn't necessary but quality is.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 9:07 a.m.

Also probably should have said it needs to be a bench top.

aeronca65t
aeronca65t Dork
10/26/11 5:38 p.m.

~Clausing~

Still US built. I have one at work. Very high quality unit.

fasted58
fasted58 SuperDork
10/26/11 5:56 p.m.

PM test

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/power-tools/1274536

pete240z
pete240z SuperDork
10/26/11 6:24 p.m.
aeronca65t wrote: ~Clausing~ Still US built. I have one at work. Very high quality unit.

wow, Kalamazoo, Michigan. How American do these feel?

K-zoo....

93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 6:59 p.m.
aeronca65t wrote: ~Clausing~ Still US built. I have one at work. Very high quality unit.

That would be awesome except it isn't benchtop.

Thanks though.

DILYSI Dave
DILYSI Dave SuperDork
10/26/11 7:31 p.m.
93EXCivic wrote:
aeronca65t wrote: ~Clausing~ Still US built. I have one at work. Very high quality unit.
That would be awesome except it isn't benchtop. Thanks though.
  1. Buy floor model.
  2. Remove head.
  3. Remove column.
  4. Cut 36" out of column.
  5. Reassemble.
  6. Put on bench.
fasted58
fasted58 SuperDork
10/26/11 7:36 p.m.
93EXCivic wrote: Simple question who makes a good drill press? I need to pick one out for work. I would prefer American made but quality is the most important thing.

industrial, commercial or home use?

93EXCivic
93EXCivic SuperDork
10/26/11 7:39 p.m.

Commercial.

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker SuperDork
10/26/11 8:23 p.m.

Grizzly has this beast Not made in USA, but the profits go to a US company and they have excellent service.

oldopelguy
oldopelguy Dork
10/27/11 6:47 a.m.
DILYSI Dave wrote:
93EXCivic wrote:
aeronca65t wrote: ~Clausing~ Still US built. I have one at work. Very high quality unit.
That would be awesome except it isn't benchtop. Thanks though.
1. Buy floor model. 2. Remove head. 3. Remove column. 4. Drill hole in bench for column 5. Reassemble.

Fixed it for you

novaderrik
novaderrik Dork
10/27/11 10:47 p.m.

not American, but we've got some older Arboga Maskiner tabletop drill presses here at work.. the label says they were made in Sweden..

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