|Item Weight||302 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||31.5 x 23.5 x 68 inches|
|Item model number||PM2800|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 Years|
Powermatic PM2800 1792800 18-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
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- Powered by a heavy duty 1-Horsepower, 1-Phase 115/230-Volt TEFC motor for the big jobs
- Head mounted dual laser guide system provides a consistent drilling cross point on the work piece
- A new larger table system with dual extensions for the largest woodworking table on the market, features twin T-slot grooves for a miter gauge or other homemade jigs
- Built in dual LED work lights eliminates cast shadows
- Newly designed tables tilts 90-Degree and has a positive stop at 0-Degree
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With high-end castings and ultra-tough steel components, the PM2800 is as durable as it is versatile.The three and one-eighth-inch diameter steel column, over-sized quill, and cast-iron table system providethe rigidity needed for true accuracy and repeatability. The all cast-iron base offers stability,decreases vibrations, and comes with holes in each corner for securing the PM2800 to a suitable floor.
For incredible versatility, the PM2800 offers a full 18-inch swing, a spindle-to-base clearance of 47 inches, and a maximum spindle-to-table capacity of 26-1/2 inches.
Powerful One-Horsepower TEFC Motor
The PM2800 comes equipped with a heavy-duty one-horsepower, one-Ph, 115-/230-volt, fifteen-/eight-amp,TEFC (totally enclosed fan cooled) motor that's pre-wired for 115-volt power, but can be converted to use 230 volts.
To make it easy to apply all that power, a single-handle, variable-speed control lets the user choose the speedneeded without touching the belt. And the 400 to 3,000 RPM spindle speed range provides additional flexibility.
Lights and Laser for Accuracy
To help ensure optimum accuracy, the PM2800 boasts a pair of strategically located LED work lights that are bright enoughto make seeing layout marks easy, but mounted on the underside of the head to prevent glaring. A simple push-button On/Offswitch lets you use the LED lights only when needed.
A second push-button On/Off switch controls a pair of fully adjustablelasers, aimed to create an "X" at the drill-bit point of entry.
Keyless Chuck and Spindle
For user-friendly operation, the PM2800 has an oversized two-inch diameter quill with a number-two Morse taper for stabilityeven when using large bits in tough woods. There's also a high-quality, keyless, 5/8-inch capacity chuck for effortless bitchanges, and a quill (spindle) assembly with full 4-3/8-inch plunge capacity.
Finger-operated depth stops make it easy tolimit drilling depth for repetitive jobs, while three large handles make plunging the spindle easy, even when drilling largeholes in tough woods.
Expandable Table for Flexibility
Measuring 14.0 x 16.0 inches (W x D), the main surface table gives you plenty of space for larger workpieces.If you need more room, simply slide the extensions out and the width grows to 30 inches. For added convenience,the table features twin T-slot grooves for a miter gauge or other homemade jigs. It also tilts to 90-degrees tothe left or right, and can be locked at any point.
The PM2800 boasts a fence with a pair of flat, extruded aluminum faces that can be opened to increase the overallsupport to 30 inches. Splitting the fence faces also reveals the inlet for the built-in dust collection thatterminates in a two-inch diameter ID port that angles out from the rear of the fence to keep the hose out of the way.
Dimensions and Warranty Information
The PM2800 measures approximately 23.5 x 68.0 x 31.5 inches (W x H x D), weighs 209 pounds, and is backed by a five-year warranty.
What's in the Box
One column assembly with rack and ring; one head assembly; one base; one table bracket and table; three down-feed handles; one chuck; one drift key; one arbor; one shift knob; one locking handle; all necessary hardware; manual; and warranty card.
Top Customer Reviews
I have always looked on with envy when some of my woodworking friends show off their latest Powermatic tool and so recently when I decided to upgrade my much older drill press, I gulped a couple of times when I saw the price tag on the Powermatic PM2800 but finally convinced myself that I had to have it. Without a doubt it is a feature loaded superbly crafted drill press. The Morse 5/8" chuck, the 1 HP motor, the laser cross hair, the large expandable work surface and the variable speed control with the LED spindle speed readout were features that were lacking on the older press and after you experiences how convenient these are you can't help wondering how you ever got along without them.
That said, there were a couple of things that left me with a less than satisfied feeling that this may just not be the drill press for me. Let me explain...I estimate that about 25% of the time I use a drill press for metal work as opposed to woodwork. When doing the metalwork I use a machinist vice that I clamp in place on the drill press table and the table on the Powermatic is not designed to accommodate this vise. The other problem is the lowest speed available is 400 RPM and I need to have 300RPM or less when drilling into steel. I did manage to come up with a method to attach the vice to the table using the T-slots but I don't know of any way that I can overcome the lack of a lower speed. Of course none of this detracts from the high quality of this tool. In my desire to acquire my first Powermatic I failed to consider all the ways I use a drill press So I guess I'll just keep the old drill press for my metal work.
Here's what I've noticed in the first month:
-the brackets that hold the sliding table extensions are made out of plastic; seriously, the table extensions are attached using 2 pieces of plastic
-the keyless chuck loosens unexpectedly and the drill bit falls out
-the table doesn't raise and swing easily because the rack and pinion is undersized and binds hopelessly against the column
-the T-slots in the table are not accommodating to any drill press vice
-the depth stop is a piece of crap; it doesn't stay locked at all (which can completely ruin a project if you're not paying attention) and it's just a cheap piece of aluminum that feels like I could easily snap it off
-the hole in the middle of the table is gigantic and they put stupid piece of plastic in there in hopes that you wouldn't notice
-it's not very heavy and, as such, it seems to vibrate a lot more than a 12" benchtop drill press
-drill press smells very strongly of burning rubber if it's on for longer than 2 minutes; Poweratic says this is normal
-it displays 0 RPM very brightly when it's off and the only way to stop this is to unplug it
I don't use the extensions anymore because they're made like junk. The table is large enough on its own. I've ordered a new chuck so you should really plan to spend an extra $100 so you can get a real chuck so that you can actually use your drill press.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This press does everything I need it to do and does it effortlessly. It is well made and I really like the fact that I change speed electronically rather than by changing spindles. Read morePublished 14 months ago by aherpa
up dating shop with quality tools, this drill press replaces craftmans drill press well worth the cost would buy again use this tool 6 hours a day, first class thanks rick g... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by rick gaddy
I've owned this tool for a year now, and while I've been reasonably satisfied with it, there are a few disappointing omissions. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by John Seybold
When my aged Delta variable speed drill press was causing me some difficulties, I decided to look for another better quality variable speed drill press. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by wilson
I've had this drill press for a couple of years. It has worked well so far, but the variable speed makes it noisy for some reason. I can't figure out why. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Bella
I've owned the Powermatic drill press for over a year.
It has some very nice features.
I use the variable speed because I use it as much to drill metal (at low speed) for... Read more
Not a bad drill press for under $1000. the lowest speed is 400 RPM. the quailty is pretty good, but there are signs of made in China manufacturing shortcuts. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by parris
I read a bunch of reviews of this drill press online and hesitated to buy it because of some that were negative. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by quiinc
We bought this to complete some of our woodwork projects and I'll tell ya it was a blast to see this drill press flow right through the wood. Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Brandon Adam Swenson