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Drill Press.

Discussion in 'Milling, Drilling, & Cutting' started by Shadnuke, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    Ok folks, I am finally going to get a small drill press for myself. Are any of you using a Mastercraft 10 inch model? I'm just looking to get away from hand drilling, because ok can't drill straight, and couldn't if I had a gun held to my temple. It's going to be light use, and they are on sale right now. It's just going to be used for drilling pin holes in steel and scales. Nothing heavy duty, and low to medium low use. Will it work for light use? I'm not hard on my tools, so it will be babied. Any thoughts? I am really LACKING in space, and it NEEDS to be a bench top model. Any other suggestions, on an inexpensive model that I'm missing?
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I've had one Mastercraft since 2009. Pretty hard to beat for value especially when on sale for around $100 (50% off SRP). The chuck is a 5/8" which is plenty as almost every bit I own is 1/2" shank or less. In 11 years nothing major went wrong other than the quill spring snapped a few years ago. I bought a replacement off of eBay for under $10 delivered. The laser is totally useless. I wouldn't be surprised if CT dropped the lasers on these things all together. The motor doesn't have a lot of power. I have stalled her a hundred times, usually when breaking through or using hole saws and she's always survived. Drum sanding, no problem. Wire wheels, hole saws, Uni-bits, no problem, Just keeps on going. For what you are planning on using it for, general knifemaking tasks, these are ideal.

    I've seen a dozen of these over the years, all in the $200 SRP range; Ryobi, King Canada, Skil, Power Fist, Porter-Cable etc. They are all very similar. Go with the one that's on sale for around 50% off.

    Dan
     
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  3. Shadnuke

    Shadnuke Disabled dreamer...

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    That's what I wanted to hear! I know they're not powerhouses, but for the menial task of making a handful of knives over the next few months, I figured it would do just fine. Canadian Tire has them on for 100 bucks off, so I'm going to grab one this morning!! Thanks for the heads up Dan! You're always great for having the information I need!
     

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