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Well Built, But very underpowered.
on September 30, 2005
Well built, but not enough power. I picked up 2 of these from lowes, and a 10 inch Drill press (#21900) from sears to compare. I ended up getting 2 from lowes because the first one i thought was defective, the pin that holds the drilling table level was drilled in at an angle, which i thought was just bad workmanship. I picked up a second one from lowes to compare it with, and the second one ended up having a broken switch housing,But the pin was straight on this one, so i switched the drilling table and ended up with 1 complete drill press. I was making a wine bottle holder and needed to make 2 inch and 4 inch holes with the hole saw drill bits. Even on the lowest speed setting, there was not enough power, and the motor would lock up many times(stop). It took over a minute to make each hole. I used my Hand drill and made the holes in less than half that time. I tried forstner bits and spade bits on the same 3/4 plywood for testing purposes, and again with the motor lockups. I picked up the 10 inch drill press from sears and ran the same tests. In comparing the two, the sears unit is slightly small, but same height. the base is about an inch smaller on each side, the table is about 1 inch smaller on each side, and the main pole/shaft is also about 1/2 less in diameter. The belt/pulley/press on both units are roughly the same size though. The sears drill press has 2/3 hp, of wich i could feel the difference immediately. It made short work of the same
projects attempted earlier with the Delta. Not once did the motor on the sears drill press lock up, even on the same speed/torque belt setting. In conjunction with the more powerful motor, the sears unit also had a laser guide, which was a plus. I ended up returning these delta drill presses back to lowes, since the motor driving them was just not enough power. Since manufacturers usually list hp as peak, the delta probably had way less than the 1/4 hp listed. My overall impression was that the delta drill press was a well built drill press unit that is severely underpowered, which makes it nice to look at, but pretty much useless for my needs. It appeared to me that it was built for a bigger motor, but probably ended up getting cut for cost reasons. I would highly recommend looking into the sears unit for about the same $. It offers a laser guide, a fence and stop block,
which i used a lot for drilling out the holes for cabinet hinge cups. it also has a much larger, more powerful motor, with an electric brake that had enough power to drill through all of my wood projects. Both units employed the belt drive system with pulleys, which at first i did not like, but after using for
several minutes, ended up liking. Sure a transmission style drive system would be nice, but much more money, and not really worth it for me. The belt system allows for lower speeds and an increase in torque, something that a speed controller does not add. For example, by holding the trigger a little lighter on your hand drill, slows the speed down, but doesn't give you more torque. that would require a gear or transmission change from "high" to "low". The belt system is like that "high/Low" switch on your hand drills, but with greater variation, or more gearing options to choose from. For a $100 drill press, the pulley system is a great "manual" transmission. The depth adjust on the delta is a joke, and seems to be common among the cheaper drill presses (ryobi). It is adjusted on the press lever and constantly slips. A better alternative is that found on the Craftsman, an actual depth stop, like those used on plunge routers and biscuit joiners. I wasn't looking for a monster drill press that could drill holes through rocks with blazing speed. Just something that was accurate and had more torque and power than my 18v Bosch Cordless drill. I agree with the other reviewers who say this is a well built unit, with the exception of the depth stop and limited power. Look at other units similarily priced.
pros: well built, sturdy, good size, nice to look at, looks powerful.
cons: weak motor with no balls, does not perform as well as it looks. handles keep coming loose, depth adjust is a joke as it constantly slips.