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Old 02-02-2003, 02:18 AM
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Hi:


Which drill press is good for kit buinding? I am having trouble drilling the holes correct on alumn landing gear using cordless drill and need to get one soon. Is a 8'' bench drill press big enough?


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Old 02-02-2003, 03:57 AM
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I have a little bench-top drillpress that has a throat depth of about 4" (spindle centerline to the drill support post) and will drill a little over 2" depth. It's not for a machinest/tool maker but for a hobbiest it works just fine and doesn't take up a lot of room. It's not ball bearing shaft, but I'm not using it all day long and it may have a little "runout" on the spindle but I'm mostly interested in getting the hole straight. I checked for "Northern Tool" locations and there isn't one in Maryland. If you have a "Big Lots" or "Odd Lots" (or some type of surplus store) around your area they usually have one for around $50.00, sometimes on sale for $40.00. You can expect to be in the $40-60 range. Usually made in China. Again it's not commercial grade stuff but for the few times you actually need to drill a straight hole it's good enough. If I want precision I'll give the project to my son-in-law, he's a tool and die maker. By the way, he gave me a little bronze "Model Makers Plane" from "The St. James Bay Tool Company" for Xmas. It was a step up from my razor plane for the heavier use.
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Yes. I've had an 8" for years and haven't come across a model application that it couldn't handle.

Could you use a larger capacity unit? Certainly. Is it necessary, I don't think so.
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See if you can come up with Harbor Freight on the net . I have one bought for $50.00 .Works good for most all our jobs! >>>>>big max 1935
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Have used an 8" model for years. The table that came with the unit is usually too small to use a drill press vise - so I attached a larger piece of 3/4" ply to it and I've been able to drill virtually anything required for model use.
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Lowes carries an 8 or 9 inch tabletop for $99 and they appear to be a pretty good quality product. I have the Delta scroll saw and belt/disc sander combo so far and they're pretty good.
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I've got the LOWES Delta model...I couldn't be happier with it!!!

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I've got that same sander but the 1" belts seem to be hard to come by in fine grit. I may have to make my own. For $99 I think the Delta is a good choice. Drill press is next and then the band saw. Ain't tools great!!!!!!
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about 50 bucks . works great
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Keep your eye on the Sears Craftsman sale ads. I picked up a 10" tabletop drill press at Sears for around $100 that is really very solid. Has tilting table, solid depth stops, easy to change speeds, etc. For modeling, it will last forever. Maybe a little more than Harbor Freight, etc. but can't beat the availability or the warranty.
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Well all these answers are good ones. I have an 8" Delta and have had for quite a few years now and it gets a lot of work. I was building planes professionally so it got a lot of use. Do you need a bigger one?? No if it's only going to be used for building planes. I really don't know how I was able to do all the drilling needed without the one I have!!!
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WOW , you guys are really big buck modelers. My $50.00 drill was a big step up for me from my X-ACTO crank drill. I think if you are young & making a once in a life time buy ,get the best you can afford. Me i`m old and don`t buy any thing with a one year expiration date as I may not get to use it! >>>>>>big max 1935
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I'm in the same "fossil" category as you. When they tell me it has a lifetime guarantee I tell them that they are going to have to do better than that!
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Hey, just a reminder that the great "Craftsman" lifetime replacement warranty ONLY applies to handtools. Wrenches etc, not tools like the drill press. I found out the hard way..............
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