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Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools

3.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
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  • Sturdy metal head fits most Dremel style rotary tools
  • Spring loaded metal rack and pinion gearing for smoothe controlled drilling
  • Scale with depth stop allows precised depth control and repeatability
  • 36 square inch metal base with planed surface has clamping platforms or mounting holes for stability
  • Lock tools in horizontal position for hands free use
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Product Description

Product Description

DRILL PRESS TOOL STAND

From the Manufacturer

Use most rotary tools as a small scale precision drill press. Rack and pinion gearing allows smooth controlled plunge. Scale with depth stop allows depth control and precise repeatability. Sturdy cast aluminum base provides sturdy work area. Stong 13.5 inch metal tube allows drilling of objects up to 5 inches in height. Lock rotary tool in horizontal position for hands free sanding or polishing.

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Part Number 1097
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 14 x 6 x 8 inches
Item model number 1097
Color White
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components stand
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description Yes

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ASIN B0001GMENE
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3.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #110,330 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#96 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Rotary Tools
#301 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Power Rotary Tool Parts & Accessories
Shipping Weight 4.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available January 28, 2004

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By R. King on April 16, 2005
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The Milescraft Rotary Tool Stand is a useful accessory for your rotary tools. It can be used for such things as a drill press or to just hold your rotary tool allowing you to better hold the part you are working with (like having a third hand).

However, I need to point out that this stand is not designed to do precession work with your rotary tool. If you are looking for something small to do any drilling that requires a tight tolerance, you maybe better off looking at looking one of the many small table top drill presses available that don't cost too much more.

Assembly and disassembly (for easy storage) is fast and easy. The instructions that come with it are easy to follow too.

The base is die cast aluminum and lightweight measuring about 7" x 10" with a work area of 6" x 6". A heaver cast iron base would have been nice to make the unit more stable. However for small light work the stand is stable and it also comes with three #8 screws and rubber feet to allow you to screw the base to your work bench to improve stability.

The vertical support column is a lightweight tube that presses into the base and is held secure with a single bolt at the back of the base. The over all height of the stand is about 15", including the base. The "tool holder bracket" can easily be adjusted anywhere up or down the vertical tube which gives you about 12" of adjustment vertically. A heaver threaded vertical support column would have been nice feature to help improve stability. But the press fit of the tube into the base are a nice tight fit.

This stand is design to be used as a drill press when your rotary tool mounted in the vertical position, but as I pointed out earlier, it is not for precession drilling.
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This is a light weight tool, but is well suited for model making and the drilling of small parts. The overall quality of the assembly is lacking somewhat. the plastic control parts are weak, but if you are handy, you can rebuild them with stronger materials. It is essential that the unit be mounted on a larger base and that this base be clamped to the work table. Failure to do so could result in damage and or injury. I have taken steps to correct these issues. I am presently using the unit to drill hiles in jewelry and carvings.

The price is fair for the quality of goods recieved, and met my needs. However if you are looking for absolute precision, this unit will not measure up.
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I'm using the press to drill home-etched PCB's. It works well. Using the drill before etching, however, there is a bit of slippage. Maybe 1/20th of an inch. However, after the board has been etched, slippage is not a problem since the copper guides the drill. I'm using a dremel on its highest speed and resharped solid-carbide drill bits.
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This is a review of Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press. I purchased the drill press in September 2012 to use with my Black & Decker RTX rotary tools. I own two Black & Decker rotary tools: one with three speeds (the speed dial has three selectable positions) and one with a continuously variable speed (the speed dial turns smoothly). Despite the manufacturer advertising on the product box that the drill press fits "Black & Decker RTX", it does not. The Milescraft 1097 could not securely hold either of my Black & Decker rotary tools.

Why not? The nose of the Black & Decker feeds through the mounting hole in the metal head. It is supposed to be secured with a plastic nut on the other side of the head. The problem is that the head is too thick relative to the length of rotary tool's nose, so that only a single thread protrudes on the other side of the head. The supplied plastic nut was unable to securely hold the rotary tool in place using that single thread. See the photos that I have uploaded to the customer images section.

I would like to emphasize the word "securely." It is possible to attach the Black & Decker to the Milescraft 1097 for the sake of attaching the tool. However, it is not possible to attach the Black & Decker securely so you can effectively work with it without being anxious that the tool will come flying out of the press without warning. The tool vibrates when it is used. The vibrations tend to loosen the plastic nut. With only one thread, there is basically no room for error. As soon as the plastic nut loosens a little bit, the Black & Decker detaches from the head. I wish the metal head was thinner, so that two threads protruded on the other side. There would be a much bigger safety buffer, and I would likely have kept the drill press instead of returning it.
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I ordered this as a drill press to use with my dremel for making PC boards.

It is inadequate for that purpose. There is at least 3 mm of play in the press. What's worse, when you operate the press it swings the bit side to side one MM, which makes it extremely difficult to locate holes in the center of a solder pad. This also causes bits to break and wear prematurely.

Additionally, the hardware that came with the stand did not fit. For instance, the bolt and nut arrangement used to secure the base to the stand would have been great if the bolt actually fit in the hole. I had to drill out the hole to fit the bolt, or drill and tap it (I had a tap the correct size, so I did away with the nut).

If you're looking for a reasonably precise drill press, stay away from this piece of junk.
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