|Item Weight||198 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||56 x 23.5 x 11.5 inches|
|Item model number||JDP-17|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 Year|
Jet JDP-17 3/4 hp Drill Press
|Price:||$754.99 & FREE Shipping|
|You Save:||$133.01 (15%)|
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- Spindle travels a full 5" with one revolution of the handle
- Large 14 x 19" precision ground work table features twin T-slot grooves and 4 table slots to accommodate any project
- One-handed belt tensioning allows for rapid speed changes
- Power switch features a safety key and large, paddle-style off button
- Integrated depth stop makes repetitive drilling quick and easy
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Introducing the new JET JDP-17, 17" Drill Press. From a full 5" of spindle travel to the sturdy cast iron head with a poly v-belt drive system, this drill press is designed to perform. This drill press also features a long-lasting, built-in LED work light to provide direct lighting while reducing shadows. A large 14 x 19" work table provides plenty of support with an edge designed for easy clamping.".
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I have never owned a drill press before and while most people would have probably gotten a bench model, honestly this thing takes up the same floor space and has a 5" travel so to me it just makes more sense. I measured the run out at .001, in my non-expert opinion this seems rather acceptable for a drill press of 739.00. Additionally, the woodworking forums I frequent expressed serious concern about the depth stock mechanism. Most presses use a bar with a lock nut or something while this has some type of dual rotating system on the right and a screw down lock. I have played around with it and like it just fine, I tested it for slop and to see if it would hold and it seemed great.
I am sure if I was a metalworker with tremendous need then I might worry that it could be .001 off on the depth stop or something but for now it seems more than adequate. I will also say that I have owned a lot of Jet tools as a result of hand me downs and the fit and finish on this item is a lot better than I am used to. I didn't find any issues with it in fact, the box was beat badly but no real sharp edges and I don't see it as a cheaply made product at all.
The chuck looks like it's sloppy, you can visibly see it but it's not out of alignment, so it's probably just cosmetic machining.
The one concern I have is that when you extend the quill all the way down about 2/3rds the way you hear a slight contact perhaps or vibration of where the quill might be engaging something it shouldn't. The gear assembly up top may have a slight out of round hold or something. This is more pronounced at the higher rpm and I noticed that the belts being slightly off the grooves makes it worse. I will keep an eye on that but for the money of a fine smoothing plane this is a pretty nice machine. I am very pleased with it.
There were no reviews of any kind or Q and A, so ask me any questions you want.
The Jet press was easy to assemble with the help of my wife. It probably took about 20 minutes to assemble.
Before installing the chuck and taper, clean all mating surfaces thoroughly with acetone or alcohol. This step is important to achieve minimal runout. I recommend viewing some videos on youtube before doing this step.
My first impression was that it runs very smoothly compared to my previous press. The table was square to the bit without need of adjustment. The slots hold down woodworking clamps very well, and it has slots for mounting a metal vise if needed. The table insert that came with it was very tight, but I took it out and cut several from 3/4" MDF to keep on hand. You can drill right through the insert to keep the wood from tearing out when the bit exits at the bottom.
I have drilled several holes for mounting tubes in pen blanks and the results have been good. I am very satisfied with this press.
+ Well made
+ Smooth operation
+ Excellent table for woodworking (replaceable inserts)
+ Long quill travel (5") with one turn of the handle
+ Left or right side mounting of handles
+ Laser is easy to adjust and adequate for drilling most holes
+ Adjustable light angle
+ Relatively easy to adjust speed (compared to older drill presses)
+ Right size/power for woodworking (with occasional metal drilling as well)
+ Speed range is acceptable for most work, including slow speeds for Forstner bits
- Tilt adjustment is not ideal for woodworking, but pretty much the same as other presses. Only the Delta seems to be better.
- Depth adjustment is kind of awkward. It is not as good as the Powermatic or Delta, but better than most cheap presses. It may just take time to get used to it.