|Item Weight||266 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||58 x 26 x 15 inches|
|Item model number||PM2800B|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||3|
|Warranty Description||5 year warranty|
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Powermatic PM2800B 1792800B Drill Press
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- Mechanical variable speed allows for full range of speed with no belt changes
- 6" of quill travel with one revolution of the handle
- Fence system adjustable for a perfect 90 degree relationship to the table, for rapid alignment of stock
- Adjustable material stop makes repetitive actions accurate and quick
- A digital RPM readout allows user to optimize the spindle speed to the application
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The PM2800B brings simplicity to your shop. An ease of use that is truly unique. A level of mechanical elegance that you'll only find in a Powermatic. As with every product Powermatic builds, the PM2800B pushes the limits of design, innovation, and durability.
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After reading mixed reviews on line, I decided to purchase this machine and take my chances. I found the assembly instructions very thorough, easy to follow and the machine was simple to put together.
Attaching the chuck and adapter was easy and the runout was .002” (measured 6 inches below the chuck jaws).
The laser guides were out of adjustment but very easy to recalibrate.
Started the machine and it vibrated so bad that the belt cover started buzzing… The green power light looked like a blur! The vibration was not noticeable below 1500 RPM (or so). Slowed the machine down and let it run a few minutes to see it anything would change but it still vibrated at 1500 RPM and got worse as the speed was increased.
Called Powermatic on 3/11 at 10:59 am EST and got transferred to “someone who is familiar with this machine” left a voice mail.
Powermatic tech called me back on 3/11 at 3:33 PM and told me to put some weight on the base to see if that changes anything. I called him back on 3/11 at 3:41 PM and left a message that 250 lbs. on the base made no difference. I called again on 3/13 at 9:25 AM and left a message.
Powermatic tech finally returned my call on 3/13 at 12:30 PM. He said it was not worth it for them to send someone out to fix the machine but offered for me to take it back to the store where I purchased it and exchange it for a new machine or swap heads. I said I want to see the store’s machine under power prior to making that decision.
The machine at the store also vibrated (though not as bad as the one in my shop).
I am astounded by the lack of quality and am returning the drill press for a refund.
Too bad, I really like many of the features of this machine, but this is a defective product and Powermatic is unwilling to fix it.
Update 3/15… Getting ready to take it apart and return it, I noticed that when the chuck was rotated by hand, the digital readout read 250 RPM! Clearly the readout is programmed so that ANY rotation below the minimum is displayed as 250. That got me to thinking that the same might be true of the upper end. This time I increased speed slowly. There is still a minor vibration at 1500 RPM but smooths out at about 2000 RPM. I slowly approached 3000 (on the readout) and the machine did not vibrate, however, I had not hit the “stop” yet. As I continued to crank the speed adjuster, the machine continued to increase speed and began vibrating. The readout did not go above 3000 but you could tell the speed was increasing by the sound, so was the vibration. Not thrilled with the idea of hauling this monster back to the store and curious beyond belief, I reduced the speed until the readout began to drop. No vibration, smooth as silk! I removed the belt cover and noticed the variable speed mechanism has adjustable limit stops at each end. The high speed stop was considerably out of adjustment. With this stop out of adjustment the drive belt was being over tensioned and causing the vibration. After adjusting the stop there are no vibrations at either end of the speed scale. There is still a minor vibration right around 1500 or so that I can only attribute to poor quality machining on the pulleys. I am changing my rating from one star to three, I can’t go higher than three stars for several reasons. First, Powermatic was not willing to send someone out to find what took me 5 minutes to diagnose and 10 minutes to fix. Second, the tech could have walked me through the process and I would have been happier than being told to exchange machines. Third, obviously this is a common problem because the second machine (at the store) has the same issue. Fourth, the quality of the machined surfaces on the pullies is poor.
The only real problem with this DP is that the table doesn't have slots to bolt down a drill press vise. I don't do enough metal work for this to matter, but if I end up needing it, I'll buy a second table.
Finally, a note of caution: Learn how to properly setup a drill press before wading in. The manual is a little too brief on how important it is to clean the arbor and mating surfaces, and there are no details on removing the chuck if you mess up. This is where a larger taper (3MT) would have been nice. It's too bad *all* woodworking drill presses use a 2MT or smaller taper.
Why does this matter? Well, it's easy to install the arbor into the chuck (JT3) a bit crooked. I had runouts of 0.01" at first, which was coming entirely from the chuck-arbor interface. With a 2MT-JT3 arbor, there's no bearing surface for the chuck removal wedges. To remove the chuck, you have to drill a cross hole through the arbor, insert a pin, and wedge against that. I didn't learn about that trick until *after* I had already mangled the chuck trying to disassemble it, so I had to replace both arbor and chuck.
With a new arbor and chuck in hand, I did what I should have from the beginning - Deburred and cleaned both ends of all tapers with acetone, inserted the arbor into the chuck with a twisting motion and one tap on the benchtop. Then into the DP's taper, and a press onto wood. With this process, I had runout at 0.005". Then, with a 1/2" drill rod chucked, I tapped the "high spots" down until I had a 0.002" runout 6" from the chuck.
Also, be sure to clean the pulleys with WD40 -- That helps everything run more smoothly, and with less noise.
Long story short: The drill press is fantastic. Anything you read about large runouts is probably operator error. Learn how to install tapers first.
Con: quality could be higher. Base needs to be more beefier. No power switch, so the RPM readout is always on. The travel for the RPM wheel is way too long, you need to turn like a thousand turns from 250 to 3000. the laser on the left side is hazy,doesn't focus right. the table lock is terrible, only lock at 0 degree position,
Pro: variable speed, 6 inch quill travel. Looks cool. Light is bright
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