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Ridgid DP1550 Drill Press, 15-Inch

by Ridgid
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  • 1/2 HP Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled Motor
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Easy-to-use woodworking table
  • Poly-V belt drive - limits vibration and improves power transfer
  • User-friendly handles and controls
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Ridgid DP1550 Drill Press, 15-inch features 1/2 HP totally enclosed fan cooled motor with heavy duty power to bore through the toughest materials. Heavy duty construction with extra wide cast iron base, table, head and heavy gauge tubular steel column. Left/right hub allows positioning of the crank handles on the left or right side of the head. Easy-to-use woodworking table with large clamping edges and four mounting slots make this table extremely versatile. Poly-V belt drive limits vibration and improves power transfer. 3-3/4-inch Quill travel bore completely through a dimensional 4X4 in one pass. Feature-packed with a smooth actuating rack and pinion table elevation, tilting table, quick release belt tension lever, built-in work light and chuck key storage. User-friendly handles and controls sof-touch handles and knobs, high visibility bevel and depth scales and indicator, make using this drill press a breeze. Large Capacity throat depth allows drilling to the center of a 15 inch workpiece. The 5/8-inch chuck accepts 1/32-inch to 5/8-inch drills and Forstner bits, 12 speed setting to optimize rate for material hole diameter and depth. Specifications: Input: 1/2 HP TEFC inductions, 120 V, Number of speeds: 12, No Load Speed 300 - 3,100 r/min., Chuck Size: 5/8 in. Spindle Travel 3-3/4 in., Overall height: 65-1/2 in., Tool Weight: 158.4 lb. Includes chuck key, hex keys, and wrench

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Technical Details
Part Number DP1550
Item Weight213 pounds
Product Dimensions56 x 22 x 11 inches
Item model numberDP1550
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description90-Day satisfaction guarantee policy, Limited 3-year warranty, Lifetime Service Agreement
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Best Sellers Rank #881,028 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight213 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableMarch 31, 2009
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Little on June 19, 2009
On a Sunday afternoon, right in the middle of completing the biggest pen order I ever had (over 100 high-end pens) my old trusty Delta drill press finally decided to die a well-deserved death. Now, with a big deadline rapidly approaching, I had to immediately procure a drill press with at least a 3 inch travel. In my community, the only options on a Sunday were Home Depot and Lowes. I bought this press fully intending to replace it with a new Delta at the first available opportunity.
I got the Ridgid press home and it assembled in minutes and it "squared up" perfectly right out of the box. The press worked better than the high-end Delta that I had used at a product demo.
It drilled a 9/16th inch hole in a 3/4 X 3/4 X 3 3/4 inch pen blank on its first try with NO bit "run out". This was a task that I had NEVER been able to accomplish with the old Delta or the New Delta I had planned to buy.
I continue to be impressed with the quality and accuracy of this inexpensive drill press. It has a home in my shop forever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joehorse on August 5, 2009
While reading the review by "penman1" I could identify with him one hundred percent. I, too, turn pens (mine is as a hobby tho) and had trouble with my older drill press drilling the blanks straight and on one pass. Today I bought the Ridgid DP1550 and set it up rather quickly and much to my surprise, all was Plumb, Square and Level.???!!! I had given up drilling with the older press due to the inability to properly align the unit but with this Ridgid I was able to drill blanks for 25 pens (Christmas presents) in about 30 minutes....and with exact precision. (That's more than 50 blanks) To say the least, I AM COMPLETELY SATISFIED with the Ridgid. I have some other Ridgid Tools and they are of higher quality also. I certainly recommend this drill press for those who want a great tool with precision capability. Also, THANKS, "penman1", you sold me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Woody on October 22, 2010
I just purchased from the home depot. list price $299.00. Since HD accepts competitor coupons, I used my 20% off coupon from harbor freight. I also applied for a credit card from chase bank advertised on this site. Once you charge $300 on it, they give you a $50 credit on your bill. So I picked up a couple Christmas gifts at the depot and got 20% off those as well. The coupon was supposed to be for a single item but the cashier didn't read it. Total bill at the HD, $302.56. So I got the drill press for $190. Not too shabby.

I'll assemble the drill press and try it tomorrow. If it's as good as all the reviews I have found on the internet, cool! If it sucks, I'll return it to the HD. So much easier than dealing with a return to amazon. This thing is big and heavy. HD accepts return no questions asked. Well they may ask but that's just a formality.

I opened the box and found the tool well packed in a styro box. Nothing was damaged.
The instruction manual was ok. You have to read the instructions a couple of times to understand what the heck it is trying to say.
I had only one assembly issue. The manual clearly states to use a straight edge to ensure the 2 sets of pullys are in line. Mine were not and that was expected. For the price, I don't expect the factory to spend time doing something the consumer should be able to handle.
But this is not the easiest thing to do given the fact that the rear pullys are directly connected to the heavy motor. So I loosened the 4 bolts holding the motor to the head. Don't over loosen them, just loose enough to move the motor up and down using a rubber mallet. So after 15 minutes of up, down, left, right, the pullys were in line. But the motor pully was not level. WTF? There was no adjustment to fix this issue.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randall A. Morter on March 14, 2011
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I am putting together a little woodworking shop, which I started around 2004, got out of it a bit, and am now adding some additional tools. I just do hobby work - no production work. I have done some metal machining in the past so have some experience with drill presses.

I ordered this press after seeing it in Home Depot for years, reading reviews about different presses, and my experience with other Ridgid gear (jointer, planer). This one consistently had good marks overall with extra features typically not found in the price range (e.g. onboard light, speeds down to 300 RPM, and the lifetime warranty).

The unit went together per the instructions, but there were a few issues. The rods that the motor rides on for adjusting the belt tension were frozen. I had to use a 20" or so crescent wrench on the adjustment lever to get enough leverage to free the rods and get them to move. Once I did get them to move I lubricated them with some molybdenum grease.

The motor was mounted too high and when I lowered it even at the bottom of the adjustment it's still a little too high. You should be able to lower the pulley on the motor shaft but the allen head screw that holds the pulleys to the shaft stripped out (I've got to get a replacement for it).

The shaft and the hole for the idler pulley had a lot of grease on them that had something in it which looked like orange cat litter.

There are often issues with tools like this these days and they can be overcome. But it seems like the quality of this unit is lower than my Ridgid jointer or planer, and less than the store models I remember. This unit was made in China. I am guessing that older units (maybe from 2005 or so) were made elsewhere and had better quality control.
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