|Item Weight||157 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.5 x 12 x 32 inches|
|Item model number||J-2530|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2 Year|
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JET J-2530 15-Inch 3/4-Horspower 115-Volt Bench Model Drill Press
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- Cast iron head
- Large quill allows greater accuracy
- Head casting features a permanently lubricated ball bearing spindle assembly, using four heavy duty ball bearings in an enclosed quill for longer life.
- Table tilts 45°
- Large ground steel column diameter for maximum head and table support
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This JET 16-speed drill press has a 115V, single-phase motor. 16 spindle speeds ensure proper application for a variety of different jobs. Large quill allows for greater accuracy. Head casting features a permanently lubricated ball bearing spindle assembly, with four heavy-duty ball bearings in an enclosed quill for longer life. 360deg Head Swivel: Yes, Chuck Size (in.): 5/8, Drilling Capacity (in.): 5/8 cast iron, Speed (RPM): 200-3,630, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 26 x 14 x 39, Light Included: No, Swing: 15 in., Volts: 115, HP: 3/4, Draw Bar: No, Worktable L x W (in.): 10 x 10, Vertical Stroke: 3 1/8, Speeds (qty.): 16, Stand Included: No
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The J-2530 15" Bench Drill Press boasts a 3/4HP motor and tilting table. Simple yet powerful, the J-2530 has a cast iron head and large quill - allowing greater accuracy.
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Two common Amazon reviewer complaints about higher-end drill presses are failures of a unit’s variable-speed or laser light pointer. This press has neither feature – it’s just a good basic machine. Another common complaint is shipping damage, so I ordered a J-2530 from Home Depot’s web site and picked it at a local store, since it’s MUCH easier to return a large heavy item in person (even though I kept the machine) and shipping is free to the store. Besides, Home Depot provides a 90-day return window, unusually long. The Home Depot site for this tool has a link to the Instructions & Parts Manual as PDFs.
It comes packaged in a double thickness cardboard box. The box could be a bit larger to accommodate thicker filler material, but nevertheless, mine was undamaged – with all parts.
This is my fifth drill press and my third bench model. For large jobs, I have an expensive 20" floor model. The J-2530 replaced a well-used 13-year old Delta DP350 with a cracked aluminum pulley. Delta now considers that pulley (and many other parts) “obsolete”, so it’s no longer available. In other words, you’re screwed if you bought one of their machines.
For a bench model, the J-2530 is big. On a 40" tall bench chuck bottom is 63" off the floor. So mounted, a step stool might be needed for machine operation unless you’re tall. (I’m 6/4.)
Assembling the machine is straight-forward, with decent instructions (English & Spanish manuals included) if needed.
This is a really nice machine:
- big, beefy, heavy duty. The switch assembly and the table crank handle are plastic. Everything else is cast iron or steel
- the 3/4 HP double ball-bearing motor is plenty powerful
- the huge 5/8" chuck holds bits firmly; not like those key-less chucks on some PowerMatic machines for example
- 15" swing (7.5" from bit center to column) – a typical size for a decent floor press – is the largest available for any bench model that I could find
- the table can be raised easily with a [heavy] 5" cross vise mounted, plus it can be rotated 360 degrees as needed for positioning – and locked in place
- speed changes are quick and easy. Release the belt tension, move the belts as per the diagram on inside cover, and re-tension.
- the built-in bulb holder in the cast iron drill head is well placed. A 50 watt incandescent spot bulb (or equivalent LED) aims light on the work table and out of your eyes. A Delta 25-870 Magnetic Work Light magnetically stuck on the left side of my press provides additional focused light (see Customer Image).
- no vibration or belt chatter. Machine simply hums when running, regardless of speed.
- mine has no perceptible run-out.
- the on and off buttons on my machine require a firm quick jab with a couple of fingers to work. Simply pushing one does nothing. It was annoying at first, but I’ve gotten used to it.
- Jet provides a 5-year warranty on their drill presses; better than any other company
- it’s too bad such things aren’t made in America, but all cast iron tools seem to be made elsewhere, frequently China or Taiwan. At least the Chinese are getting better at making quality stuff – this machine is well done.
- One web seller offers a Powermatic 15" bench drill press visually similar to the J-2530, for nearly two thousand dollars. Then, there is the Dake TB16 or Optimum B24H – they are probably better machines, but they cost twice as much. The “best” bench drill press available is probably the Knuth KB 20 S – that beauty cost four times as much.
If you want a high quality large capacity bench model drill press for under a grand, this model should be on your short list.
If at all possible, get someone to help you to mount the (very heavy) cast-iron head assembly atop the column. It’s really a two-person job.
If no help is available, it IS possible to do it alone following these steps:
- loosen the tension and remove the two drive belts
- lift off and remove the middle drive pulley
- loosen the Allen screw on the motor pulley and slide it up and off
- immediately remove the “key” from the motor shaft, and for God’s sake, don’t let it fall into the motor
- remove the on/off switch plate
- disconnect the black, white, and green wires emanating from the motor
- bend up the three wire hold-down tabs next to the pulley system up and loosen the large Phillips screw on the wire clamp on the left side of head
- gently extract the motor wire out from the switch assemble and pull it through the belt cover lid.
- don’t lose the rubber grommet in the lid where that wire passes through
- unscrew the four nuts holding the motor in place and place the motor aside.
Parts removed above will reduce drill head weight by 31 pounds, which should be sufficient to lift the head onto the column by yourself. Reverse these steps to reinstall the motor and other parts. Verify that the motor is mounted perfectly vertical and tighten the motor pulley level with the middle pulley.
Out of the box I was mostly impressed. I was astounded by the lack of run out as measured at the JT tapered end of the MT to JT arbor and at the drill chuck holding a known straight 1/2" dowel pin - measured close to the chuck. The run out was less than .001", closer to .0005". I moved my dial indicator several times to make sure. Amazing for a Chinese drill press.
The light (up to 60 watts) does a good job. Lights up the item to be drilled very well. However, because the drill press in on a bench and sits high, there is some glare in my eyes. Someone taller than me might not have that problem.
Table moves up and down and locks without problem. Table was able to be made square, both tilt and front to back, with a drill in the chuck. There is no adjustment for the front to back squareness of the table. However, the Chinese did a good job of machining the bracket square.
Drill press is reasonably quiet for a machine of this size.
Only problem I had with the drill press was with on the front pulley not set square on the spindle top. It wobbled. I used a 32mm socket wrench to loosen the nut and re-centered the pulley. ok now.
Over all, I am very happy with the drill press. In my home shop I do a lot of metal drilling. The wide range of speeds was a major factor in my purchase decision. The lack of run out was a happy bonus.
It's a drill press. It appears to be quite solidly made. The belt tension screws have plastic heads, and the table height crank is plastic -- hopefully they last. I've found that above 1000rpm I get some vibration in the quill, which shows up as a small (1/32") wiggle in the tip of the drill bit. I'd prefer the zero run-out of the reviewer above, but what can you do.
The assembly instructions are missing a couple of steps which become obvious as soon as you start to put things together. :-) Read ahead to avoid having to undo steps.
The table came adjusted impressively square left-to-right with no fixing by me. Front-to-back it appears to be very slightly out of square (sadly, as there is no adjustment for this), so when it matters I'll have to either shim my vise or figure out if there is any way of tweaking this.
The position of the lamp is convenient for keeping everything well lit.
The plastic shield which protects your eyes from chips is a joke. Invest in safety glasses instead.
The on-off switches require more pushing than I'd expect to activate (especially the "off" switch -- which may be a safety concern). But they work.