|Item Weight||94 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||36 x 18 x 13 inches|
|Item model number||G7945|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Grizzly Industrial G7945-34" Benchtop Radial Drill Press
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This 5-speed bench-top radial drill press features variable swing up to 34" and pivoting heads for drilling at just about any angle. Truly versatile. Specifications: Motor: 1/2 HP single-phase 110V Overall height: 31-1/2" Spindle travel: 3-1/4" Spindle taper: JT-33 Number of speeds: 5 Collar size: 2.160" Drill chuck: 1/64"-5/8" Swing: 34" maximum Table: Precision-ground cast iron Table size: 8-5/8" x 9" Table swing: 360 degrees Table tilts: 90 degrees left and right Approximate shipping weight: 97-Pound Please see item G7946 for a floor model of this machine.
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I had some serious trepidation about ordering this drill press. It seemed to be trying to do too much for the money. It was too much of a technological leap. I have a similarly-sized Delta that has served me well for 18 years. I thought there might be a serious stability problem, a serious balance problem, and a serious quality control problem regarding the machining of this item. Even at the moment when it was delivered, I was wondering if I would regret my purchase and send it back. The box was banged up. I was thinking that maybe I should have bought the Delta 18-900L, for over twice the price. The tilt table of the Delta could have served many of the functions of this Grizzly.
I assembled it and found it to be undamaged. In spite of its dimensions, unmounted, it stood without falling at all extremes. I then mounted it on my work bench (with bolts) by creating a base that was 32" deep. This allowed for full travel.
This is a woodworker's drill press. It is not for metalwork, primarily because of the minimum speed. By the way, the belt adjustment is really easy. Just move the belt to the lower pulley before moving it to the other larger pulley, depending on the direction (speed, up or down) you are going. You don't have to move anything else or adjust anything.
There are nice things about this gem that you might notice only after a while, if you don't have decades of experience. I really have to hand it to the engineers and others who designed this drill press. I am a retired engineer, by the way.
Yes, you do need to use a little TLC and judgment while assembling this tool. Yes, you do need to do a fine adjustment to the rotating head after locking it in to the channel to ensure that the table is 90 degrees to the drill bit. Get a small magnetic square from Woodcraft. That solves that non-problem.
This addition to my shop is installed, adjusted, and tuned. It runs smoothly and quietly. And, I love it. Maybe I will include some images later to illustrate what I have tried to convey.
I generally avoid cheap tools (because I'm always disappointed), but Grizzly has often received good reviews in the magazines, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I wish I hadn't.
The coup-de-grace was that the table fell off when its single retaining bolt broke out three threads holding it in the column casting. Upon closer inspection, it was tapped at about a 10-degree angle to square. Bad enough, but when it appeared that I could simply get a standard bolt half an inch longer to catch the undamaged threads was I in for a surprise. It uses a very non-standard 1/2"-12 bolt. No one locally carries them, not even the industrial suppliers. So much for repairability using standardized components.
Grizzly was happy to sell me one at $.75 but then wanted $7.70 for shipping and handling! And neither they nor I could guarantee that a longer bolt would even solve the problem. When I complained, they suggested I could add another $24 of accessories for the same shipping and handling charge. If I am truly a valued customer, as their e-mail states, they would have sent me one free of charge.