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Precise benchtop drill press?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Justin Schmidt, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. stezann


    Apr 13, 2011
    Aside being unlucky with ex-factory runout, the major drawback of those "light" drill presses is that their column will flex during drilling into steel.
    Old machines and industrial ones have more rigid setups.
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  2. erik markman

    erik markman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 13, 2007
    Flott is what uou want.
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  3. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    @Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith your in the jewelry business. What do you think about this little guy?
    Its variable speed and the company said it can be used for steel and the chuck accepts bits up to 1/4. I only need 3/16 lol
  4. Augus7us


    Oct 9, 2014
    Yes, but they are expensive. I'd probably buy a nice mini mill first.
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  5. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
    I would pass on that drill press...Give me a tree trunk for a spindle not a twig. The idea that Micro size automatically equates to precision is not always true. Mass equates to rigidity less deflection and you see this on a mill spindle in comparison to a drill press.

    The second thing to consider is the type of drill bits. Short screw machine bits for precision holes instead of Jobber length bits.
  6. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    I have one of those. They are really cute-and totally useless. No power at all.
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  7. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    Well gents looks like the knife making gods decided to smile on me found this guy for 50 bucks on Facebook!
    Only problem is the chuck is siezed and there was no key.
    I have a delta 11-990 that I'm gonna try and use the chuck off of. If not I'll just get an albrecht from ebay
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  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    That Homecraft will work for some tasks. It is a 1/4HP unit, and not heavy duty … but it will drill holes. The issue may be how much runout the bearings have . You had to keep those well lubed or they would wear.
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  9. Kali4nia


    Aug 12, 2015
    I wanted to start milling and upping my folder game. Looked at seems like thousands of mills. From harbor freight to hass. I almost bought the desk top precision matthews, old Bridgeport (abused), couldn't afford the hass, looked at the shop fox etc. I ended up with a tormach 440 and wish I got the 720 now. My advice is buy once, cry once and get the biggest x,y,z travel possible. You don't need it now, but you will eventually. An example would be, you set up a pallet and a vise. If your table is big enough you can keep both attached. If it is small you'll have to remove both each time you go to a different project or part of a project.
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