One of the many things currently going on in my woodshop is a search for a new drill press to replace my current one. The one in use now is in very good condition, but there are several shortcomings that I would like to eliminate. One is a very limited quill travel (commonly referred to as stroke) of only 31/8″. This becomes a problem when you go from a short drill, such as a center drill to a larger drill bit. If the longer drill is more than 3 1/8″ longer than the center drill then you have to move the table down. Not a big problem unless you are using a fixture to locate your workpiece. In that case if you move the machine table you loose your location. I use fixtures to locate both knobs and totes for drilling. Thus for me the short quill travel is a serious handicap.
The other main problem is that of quill side play. With the quill extended to it’s full travel you can move it side to side more than 0.04″, that is 3/64″. This seriously affects accuracy.
So far I have eliminated all but two drill presses.
From the specs this is a very good machine, but I have to see one in person to assess the quill side play. You can read more about this machine here.
The second machine under consideration is the Delta model 18-900L. Again I have to see this machine in the flesh to check the quill side play. You can read more about this machine here.
I’m working on a restoration of the Millers Falls #26 straight handled hack saw. I prefer the strait handle to the modern pistol grip style. The line of thrust is inline with the blade.
Here you see the hacksaw parts awaiting de-rusting and polishing. I will make a new handle. I think apple will be the choice here. I have some that a friend gave me some time ago. In fact I posted an article about this apple on May 12, 2012. It is dry enough to use for tool handles now.
Also in process are four chisels for cleanup and re-handling. The upper one has been cleaned up. The wood of choice for these handles is hickory in a traditional style.
I will put up pictures of the finished tools when done. As for the drill press selection, well, I’ll keep you informed. Both of these machines are pricey for a machine that only drills holes.
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