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Powermatic PM2800 1792800 18-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

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  • Powered by a heavy duty 1-Horsepower, 1-Phase 115/230-Volt TEFC motor for the big jobs
  • Head mounted dual laser guide system provides a consistent drilling cross point on the work piece
  • A new larger table system with dual extensions for the largest woodworking table on the market, features twin T-slot grooves for a miter gauge or other homemade jigs
  • Built in dual LED work lights eliminates cast shadows
  • Newly designed tables tilts 90-Degree and has a positive stop at 0-Degree

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Product Description

Product Description

1792800 Features: -18'' variable speed drill press.-PM2800. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -68'' H x 23.5'' W x 31.5'' D, 302 lbs.

Designed with the needs of the professional woodworker in mind, the Powermatic PM2800 18-Inch Variable-Speed Drill Press offers innovative features other models simply cannot match. Built for ultra-dependable performance, the PM2800 features dual LED work lights and a dual laser guide system. Both the expandable work table and motor are the industry's largest in the PM2800's class.

The PM2800 Variable Speed Drill Press
At a Glance:
  • Powered by a heavy duty 1hp, 1Ph, 115/230V TEFC motor for big jobs
  • Largest woodworking table in its class for incredible flexibility
  • 5/8-inch keyless chuck for no-hassle bit changes
  • Newly designed table tilts 90 degrees, with a positive stop at 0°
  • Dual LED work lights and dual laser guide system for improved accuracy
5-year warranty

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Single-handle, variable-speed control lets you choose your speed without touching the belt. View larger.

Laser guides allow for precision drilling. View larger.
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The expandable surface table provides up to 30" of sturdy support. View larger.
Durable and Versatile
With high-end castings and ultra-tough steel components, the PM2800 is as durable as it is versatile.The three and one-eighth-inch diameter steel column, over-sized quill, and cast-iron table system providethe rigidity needed for true accuracy and repeatability. The all cast-iron base offers stability,decreases vibrations, and comes with holes in each corner for securing the PM2800 to a suitable floor.

For incredible versatility, the PM2800 offers a full 18-inch swing, a spindle-to-base clearance of 47 inches, and a maximum spindle-to-table capacity of 26-1/2 inches.

Powerful One-Horsepower TEFC Motor
The PM2800 comes equipped with a heavy-duty one-horsepower, one-Ph, 115-/230-volt, fifteen-/eight-amp,TEFC (totally enclosed fan cooled) motor that's pre-wired for 115-volt power, but can be converted to use 230 volts.

To make it easy to apply all that power, a single-handle, variable-speed control lets the user choose the speedneeded without touching the belt. And the 400 to 3,000 RPM spindle speed range provides additional flexibility.

Lights and Laser for Accuracy
To help ensure optimum accuracy, the PM2800 boasts a pair of strategically located LED work lights that are bright enoughto make seeing layout marks easy, but mounted on the underside of the head to prevent glaring. A simple push-button On/Offswitch lets you use the LED lights only when needed.

A second push-button On/Off switch controls a pair of fully adjustablelasers, aimed to create an "X" at the drill-bit point of entry.

Keyless Chuck and Spindle
For user-friendly operation, the PM2800 has an oversized two-inch diameter quill with a number-two Morse taper for stabilityeven when using large bits in tough woods. There's also a high-quality, keyless, 5/8-inch capacity chuck for effortless bitchanges, and a quill (spindle) assembly with full 4-3/8-inch plunge capacity.

Finger-operated depth stops make it easy tolimit drilling depth for repetitive jobs, while three large handles make plunging the spindle easy, even when drilling largeholes in tough woods.

Expandable Table for Flexibility
Measuring 14.0 x 16.0 inches (W x D), the main surface table gives you plenty of space for larger workpieces.If you need more room, simply slide the extensions out and the width grows to 30 inches. For added convenience,the table features twin T-slot grooves for a miter gauge or other homemade jigs. It also tilts to 90-degrees tothe left or right, and can be locked at any point.

The PM2800 boasts a fence with a pair of flat, extruded aluminum faces that can be opened to increase the overallsupport to 30 inches. Splitting the fence faces also reveals the inlet for the built-in dust collection thatterminates in a two-inch diameter ID port that angles out from the rear of the fence to keep the hose out of the way.

Dimensions and Warranty Information
The PM2800 measures approximately 23.5 x 68.0 x 31.5 inches (W x H x D), weighs 209 pounds, and is backed by a five-year warranty.

What's in the Box
One column assembly with rack and ring; one head assembly; one base; one table bracket and table; three down-feed handles; one chuck; one drift key; one arbor; one shift knob; one locking handle; all necessary hardware; manual; and warranty card.

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Technical Details

Part Number PM2800
Item Weight 302 pounds
Product Dimensions 31.5 x 23.5 x 68 inches
Item model number PM2800
Color See Photo
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 5 Years

Additional Information

ASIN B00169W89U
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #761,300 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#128 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Drill Presses > Magnetic Drill Presses
Shipping Weight 302 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 1, 2006

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By R. J. Merzi on August 16, 2008
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First the Pros:
I have always looked on with envy when some of my woodworking friends show off their latest Powermatic tool and so recently when I decided to upgrade my much older drill press, I gulped a couple of times when I saw the price tag on the Powermatic PM2800 but finally convinced myself that I had to have it. Without a doubt it is a feature loaded superbly crafted drill press. The Morse 5/8" chuck, the 1 HP motor, the laser cross hair, the large expandable work surface and the variable speed control with the LED spindle speed readout were features that were lacking on the older press and after you experiences how convenient these are you can't help wondering how you ever got along without them.

The cons:
That said, there were a couple of things that left me with a less than satisfied feeling that this may just not be the drill press for me. Let me explain...I estimate that about 25% of the time I use a drill press for metal work as opposed to woodwork. When doing the metalwork I use a machinist vice that I clamp in place on the drill press table and the table on the Powermatic is not designed to accommodate this vise. The other problem is the lowest speed available is 400 RPM and I need to have 300RPM or less when drilling into steel. I did manage to come up with a method to attach the vice to the table using the T-slots but I don't know of any way that I can overcome the lack of a lower speed. Of course none of this detracts from the high quality of this tool. In my desire to acquire my first Powermatic I failed to consider all the ways I use a drill press So I guess I'll just keep the old drill press for my metal work.
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This was my first major Powermatic purchase. My dad, God rest his wood-whispering soul, had several large PM tools in his shop when I was growing up, and it has been a long wait for me to get to the point where I could afford to start outfitting my own shop with such things. This was a very disappointing first step. It's clear to me now that PM is no longer the gold standard tool maker that it was in my dad's day. This drill press is clearly very powerful, but honestly it has the look, fit, finish, and sound of a Harbour Freight sale item. The beast vibrates as though nearly all of its horses are dedicated to making it vibrate. At the highest speed. he belt system actually wears against the inside of large plastic top cover, creating a heck of a noise and burnt rubber smell (PM apparently says this is normal!?). The laser system took me over an hour to align properly (not even close out of the box) and even now I'm not sure it's on. Dust collection is virtually useless. I will say that it has the power (I have it wired for and plugged into 220v) to bore easily into very hard wood. In other words, it performs the basic purpose of a drill press well. For the money, though, I expected it to perform that purpose without rattling the walls apart, stinking up the shop, and causing the wild animals outside to run for cover. No more PM for me.
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I have working in two different shops with this drill press, and agree with the rest of the bad reviews. They are not just experiencing a random lemon off the production line. Keyless chuck unscrews, and locks up. The gear mechanism for table raising will bow and break just under the weight of the table. I have replaced this part 5 times on the 2 separate machines. Table will not spin or rotate without damaging the gear raising mechanism. The only good news the replacement part is real cheap, add a pair of 4" hose clamps to your order to hold that machine gear that runs up the side of the press to keep it together. PowerMatic=ProblemMatic.
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This is the only Powermatic tool I've actually regretted purchasing. That said, there aren't really very many good options for those in the market for a new drill press. It's probably still an okay choice but it's way too expensive unless you can get it on sale. Anyone thinking about buying this should maybe think about getting a Jet. Or a Craftsman.

Here's what I've noticed in the first month:
-the brackets that hold the sliding table extensions are made out of plastic; seriously, the table extensions are attached using 2 pieces of plastic
-the keyless chuck loosens unexpectedly and the drill bit falls out
-the table doesn't raise and swing easily because the rack and pinion is undersized and binds hopelessly against the column
-the T-slots in the table are not accommodating to any drill press vice
-the depth stop is a piece of crap; it doesn't stay locked at all (which can completely ruin a project if you're not paying attention) and it's just a cheap piece of aluminum that feels like I could easily snap it off
-the hole in the middle of the table is gigantic and they put stupid piece of plastic in there in hopes that you wouldn't notice
-it's not very heavy and, as such, it seems to vibrate a lot more than a 12" benchtop drill press
-drill press smells very strongly of burning rubber if it's on for longer than 2 minutes; Poweratic says this is normal
-it displays 0 RPM very brightly when it's off and the only way to stop this is to unplug it

I don't use the extensions anymore because they're made like junk. The table is large enough on its own. I've ordered a new chuck so you should really plan to spend an extra $100 so you can get a real chuck so that you can actually use your drill press.
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