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DELTA 17-950L 16.5-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press

by Delta
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  • Flexible lamp provides extra light to the work surface
  • Adjustable-position, locking depth stop for accurate depth measurement and repetitive drilling
  • Bright laser crosshairs clearly indicate the drill point
  • 9v battery needed for crosshair lasers (battery not included)
  • 14-inch by 18-inch woodworker-friendly table
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Thanks to its adjustable Twin Laser pod that projects a bright laser cross hair on your work piece to indicate the point of bit contact, the DELTA 17-950L 16.5-inch Twin Laser Crosshair Drill Press lets you drill more accurately than ever before . You'll never have an inaccurate hole placement again. The large 14 x 18-inch cast iron table includes T-slots, a removable insert, and has the capacity to tilt up to 45 degrees forward so you can make angular drills. A flexible light is integrated to keep your workspace illuminated, and the table can be raised and lowered to your comfort level via a rack and pinion system. The drill press uses a 5/8-inch chuck, and offers a 3-7/8-inch quill stroke. The drill features a 1/2 HP induction motor with 12 speeds ranging from 250 to 3000 RPM, making it suitable for a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and plastic.

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DELTA 17-950L 16.5-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press

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Technical Details
Part Number 17-950L
Item Weight207 pounds
Product Dimensions56 x 22.5 x 10.7 inches
Item model number17-950L
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionTwo Year Warranty
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #581,405 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight207 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2004
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By David Wambolt on February 22, 2007
I recently received the Delta 17-950L drill press and for the price after the current Amazon promotion, it's hard to beat. It is a well built machine that arrived in 1 business day via Eagle Global Logistics. I had no problems really assembling the unit on my own. The top is a little heavy, but I got it.


- Smooth running with little vibration. It's not glass smooth, but it certainly is not rough. It runs just fine at 3000rpm

- Runout is very good, thanks to the larger 2" quill

- The table is finished nicely and is large. I installed a 68 pound Palmgren 6" cross sliding vise (take my advice and get a 4" for this size drill press) and the table assembly holds it fine. It makes it a bit more difficult to raise the table, but it's much better than I thought it would be.

- Assembly was easy and all of the parts were there.

- Laser assembly is very easy to adjust and aim.

- Allen wrenches and chuck removal tool are all included. All you need is a metric socket set or wrenches to assemble.

- Power seems to be good and I did not bog the unit down doing some wood and metal boring.

- Quill lock in the down position for using sanding drums, etc.


- Depth stop adjustment is on the spoked handle and doesn't exactly come across as high quality

- A little bit of vibration, but nothing out of the ordinary really.

- 3-7/8" quill stroke is a little on the shallow side, but still better than a lot of the drill presses out there.

Overall this is a nice drill press. I still have a 20-959LX on order which is Delta's new and yet to be released 20" variable speed drill press with digital readouts.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Engineer on January 1, 2007
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The drill press and laser work great, smooth and easy enough to change speeds, etc.

The shipping package was beat to heck (torn and buckled). Some minor damage to take up with the shipper, but everything works fine. I had to replace a few small parts due to damage (shipper paid for them), and found that the Delta Supply on the web has all the parts and quick service.

I got mine from Amazon, but check local Lowes prices for latest deals.

The "woodworkers" table works well. The T-slots are handy for fixturing or mounting guides. The quill stop is the dial on the right side, and works fine. The whole unit runs smooth. If only they would have incorporated the light wiring into the unit instead of adding another cord to plug in.

The laser works good and is handy for instant centering. Make sure your adjust it per the directions.

Tilting the table is awkward, but I never had to tilt one before. I always had a vise to adjust.

I began using a digital angle reader (like Wixie) to set the table. It makes angles easy to set. Also, if you use a drum sander in this drill press, the removable table insert allows you (when it is removed) to adjust the height of the sanding drum to utilize different areas (like an oscillating sander would do, but without the automatic movement). Just sand a while at the bottom of the drum, then raise the table and sand at the top of the drum. Handy feature.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mike M on January 9, 2007
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I looked at a lot of drill presses before buying this one, both free-standing and benchtop, and I am so glad that I bought this one. Sure it's big and heavy, but that is a good thing here... This thing will handle anything that I throw at it.

Some of the highlights for me are:

-It adjusts easily and is solid

-The work surface is huge and has lots of options for clamping material to it.

-The laser guides were easy to adjust and really work well

-The included light is a real plus

I bought the Delta 17-924 Mortising Attachment kit, even though it doesn't list this drill as being compatible, but I was told by someone that it would work with it. Well it does and doesn't work with it... The chisel holding attachment actually fits very well, not needing any of the spacers provided. However, the fence will not attach to the work surface as supplied, unless you are drilling into a 6 inch wide piece of stock. It is designed for different work surfaces that have slots in them that come closer to the center of the surface, while this drill has the large wooden insert. So, what I did was to attach the fence to another work surface and used the attaching hardware supplied to slide this new surface in and out using the T tracks. After doing this I have been able to make the mortises just great, which I think would be difficult with a smaller drill press due to the force required.

I am definitely glad that I bought this one and I would highly recommend it to others...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JD Combs on March 5, 2010
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I purchased this my Delta 17-950L drill press on Amazon April 11, 2008 about 2 years ago. I just spent most of the afternoon yesterday 03/05/10 tearing into drill press because of excessive quill play. At full extension the quill will move side to side by an estimated 1/16 of an inch. There is no adjustment for this play. The quill fits into un-adjustable bored holes in the casting. No replaceable bushings or bearings, no split housing, just raw solid cast iron. A good machine shop could perhaps remill the holes for replaceable bushings but that would probably cost more then the price of a new drill press. There is however, an adjustment for the drill spindle (drive shaft). I tightened it up and that helped a little, very little, but it did help. I also re-greased the quill heavily which also helped some although I am sure that is very temporary. Luckily I am only working with wood and not building space shuttles or something else critical. As someone else noted it does vibrate and has always done so. I certainly wouldn't recommend this drill press as precision machine. That being said it is still a decent drill press for the money and for general drilling.
Note: I will be getting an end-mill this spring. I may try to do some mod to it to add a tightening function for the quill.
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