I purchased this drill press today from FBM for $50. I think it is a good deal, especially
I’ve been using Craftsman 2/3 HP one in my small business for many years and it works great. I mostly drill plastic parts but have drilled tens of thousands of holes with it. Actually I bought the Carbide 3D Nomad to lighten my drilling load on the plastic parts and so I use it a lot less these days.
It is nice to get a new tool. I used a benchtop Ryobi with a laser for many years. Sometimes I found that was not enough capacity but mostly was just right. I found a Steel City Floor Standing Drill Press with a 6 inch through. I was able to sell the Ryobi on craigslist for almost what I had paid for it. The Steel City does not have a laser and I miss that feature. I could buy an aftermarket one but have not yet.
I recommend you build a nice table and fence system for your drill press. The table with T-Track makes it very useful at clamping down things so they do not move. There are some really good plans or you can just buy a nice commercial one. Just make sure you can replace the center so after you chew it up you can renew the top and keep on drilling.
(I’m moving this to uncategorized since it doesn’t have anything to do with the topic “Shapeoko”)
Read this as 10 1/2 hp drill press and got waaaay too excited