|Item Weight||39.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.5 x 14 x 9 inches|
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|Item model number||DP801|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Adjusting the speed by changing the drive belt on the pulleys, is easy, and straightforward (speed is determined by material you wish to drill: the chart is listed inside the door on top, which is opened to adjust the belts, and the speed). Adjusting the belt tension with the motor, is simple. Minimal assembly is required, out of the box (took me less than 30 minutes). It runs smoothly, drills accurately, and it is simple to use.
Be certain to bolt this unit to your workbench! It weighs around 50 lbs, and if it fell off of your bench, you will be lucky if the only thing that breaks is your drill! It is solidly constructed. I would buy another product from this vendor, and this manufacturer, without hesitation. Cheers!
However, it does have the most power of any cheap drill press anywhere near this price, so it puts pretty good holes in stuff. I regularly run 3/8" holes through 2-3" aluminum billets with this press with cheap multi-pack drill bits. And, if you take your time and tram, shim, and calibrate it, it will do some pretty accurate work.
If all you're doing is punching holes in 2x4s you probably don't have to bother, but take the time to align it properly with some dial indicators and some pop can shims, you will be surprised at the accuracy you can get out of this thing.
There are tons of instructions and tutorials for adjusting drill presses and other machine tools - just search for "Tramming a drill press" or "Squaring a drill press" and hunt around for an explanation with plenty of pictures. It doesn't involve much except a carpenter's square to make sure the quill (the thing that moves up and down and holds the drill bits) is square either to the workbench or the drill press table, depending on which one you choose. If it's not square, you add shims to the appropriate side, tighten the bolts, and measure again.
Also be sure to take the time to set the belt to the right ratio for each job. For those who are unfamiliar with belt driven machine tools, this press doesn't have a speed adjustment knob like a Dremel tool or a milling machine - the motor and the tool head are connected by a set of pulleys and a rubber belt. You change the speed of the drill by changing the belt's position on the pulleys. There is a helpful table permanently attached to the machine on an engraved metal plate that will give you an idea of what speeds to use with what materials.
The good: Holes are true, easy to change belt settings, and is compact.
The bad: Had a lot of trouble with getting the spindle to go back up, but fixed it. The depth gauge sucks.
The Ugly: Seems to lose a lot of torque at the lowest end of the travel. Locks up, even on MDF.
I'd recommend it overall for the price, but if my budget had allowed, I would have bought something else.
The second press received wasn't damaged. Neither press matches the description exactly- both lacked a light switch on the side (no big deal to me), and both were labelled "model 800" rather than "model 801". It is what it is and I'd buy it again for this price. Kind of a hassle trying to buy these heavy tools through mail order, as the packaging is insufficient and the shippers are generally very rough on heavy parcels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Important to note that you must move the belt under the top cover in order to change speeds. Easy enough.Published 6 months ago by ionebad1
It works well, for what it is: a small, inexpensive drill. Putting it together was a breeze, except that it arrived with one broken part. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mine came already broken for me, but I assembled and gave it a shot anyhow. Kinda set the pace for things to come. I assembled it and it is just so darn bad... Read morePublished 12 months ago by That One Person
Not a good drill press, has very low power, could not even drill a 1 inch hole in a piece of wood. It's worth it to spend 50 extra dollars for a better one.Published 13 months ago by STANNER
For what I use it for it is adequate. You get what you pay for and I understand that when parts break and fall off it is because I saved money by purchasing this product. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DR.SK
I have had this drill press for a year and 4 months now. It has not been used all that much. Today I was drilling some holes in mild steel and the motor started smoking. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael F. Bradtke
We got this to drill retired hard drives. This thing drilled into them like the hard drives were paper. It's helped speed up the time it takes to dispose of old computer equipment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James Duckett
If you are a DIYer who can follow Chinese instructions or use sage advice found by searching the old interweb to help you set up this cheapy drill press - you just might be happy... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chas