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5 Speed Bench Drill Press With 1/2" Keyless Chuck - 44505 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by HandsomeRyan on July 18th, 2012
I had a hard time deciding on what to rate this drill as parts of it are a 5 and parts of it are a 3.
The Good:
Two words: Keyless. Chuck., it seems to make nice straight holes, belt speed adjustment is simple, work light comes in handy, enough power for the type of little projects a drill of this size is designed for. (If you want to drill big holes in hard metals you need a floor standing drill press, not a bench model)
The Bad:
The actual press handles are 3 individual arms not one piece like the pic on this website, they come unthreaded regularly and the yellow "ball" from the end of at least one of them stripped out. Also, the press is so short that I have occasionally run into clearance issues when trying to use a vice to hold a work piece rather than clamps. My [small] machinists vice was too tall to fit on the adjustable platform with a piece of work clamped in and a drill bit installed and clamped to the base it was a bit too low. I really didn't want to Appalachian-engineer some kind of spacers to make it work without losing stability. This is more a use issue than a flaw with the tool but I thought it was worth mentioning.
If you only have one drill press you should consider a floor standing model but for little stuff this is not a bad setup and much easier to dial in than my big old 53' Powermatic.
Review by concombrefrais on April 3rd, 2010
You can get it for something like $60 on sale. A great buy for the price.

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