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Old 03-29-2008, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Industrial drill press

Any recommendations on an industrial drill press? Not the $400 Grizzly types. Would like to get at least a 1HP, variable speed, non-3phase, with lowest speed possible.

Wilton? Clausing? Other?

Some of the new prices seem to be around $2,500 to $3,000. I am translating that to a used/auction one for half or ???

Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have an ellis, 9000 something drill press, infinite variable speed control. its 2 horse I think, 220 volt. prolly get it in 110. nice drill press.
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These are the guys we usually deal with check out some of these.

http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/GSDRVS...00000050411337

Almost all of their stuff is decent quality, not cheap POS. Some is good quality import, some is top dollar industrial. If nothing else it will give you an idea what new runs and options.
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We have an ellis, 9000 something drill press, infinite variable speed control. its 2 horse I think, 220 volt. prolly get it in 110. nice drill press.
It's a sweet drill press but it's 2300$!! If you had the money and wanted the Cadillac of drill presses maybe.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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...1HP, variable speed, non-3phase, with lowest speed possible.

Wilton? Clausing? Other?

Some of the new prices seem to be around $2,500 to $3,000.
I am translating that to a used/auction one for half or ???
This worked for me... Taiwan... Taiwan... Taiwan... eBay... eBay... eBay!
Couldn't afford even used variable speed, 1Ph, Clausing or similar...
Not at almost $2000 (sight unseen); PLUS the cost of whatever repairs that comes along with it too. ... So trolled eBay... got VERY lucky...
and got this unused, 20", VS, "demo" unit... Chuck was missing and top cover was scratched but otherwise in EXCELLENT condition.


Retail = $2,000... "Scratch & Dent" price = $500
It took nearly three months searching eBay but it was damn well worth it!

BTW AFAIK Wilton is made in Asia too.
So IMHO buy either of these. Both have identical specifications.
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Specifications:
Variable Speed / 1½ HP / 110-220V (prewired 220V) / 1Ph. /
300-2000 RPM / 715 lbs
Spindle Taper: MT#3 / Spindle Travel: 6-7/16" / Swing: 19¼" /
½" JT6 Key Chuck
They look like identical rebranded units to me, so go for the price break.
(Each used to be almost $2000.)
Enco.....: Turn Pro #126-2655... $1,394.95 (back ordered!)
Grizzly..: Grizzly #G9749.......... $1,525.00

My $0.02¢
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This worked for me... Taiwan... Taiwan... Taiwan... eBay... eBay... eBay!
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In my experience, made in Taiwan is really coming into its own. All of the Taiwanese goods that I have purchased recently are of quite good quality. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase something tat was made in Taiwan if I A) couldn't find an American-made counterpart or B) simply couldn't afford the American made counterpart.
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Have you considered looking at a used but slightly worn out vertical mill? Depending on what you are doing they are great for drilling holes. Seen several that would be great for this go used for $1000. Also keep an eye on www.practicalmachinist.com they are the pirate of machining.
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Thanks for the feedback. Cool site.
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Old 03-30-2008, 03:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How about some 1940's technology? There's a lot of old stuff like this around. It is 3 phase, but a $150 VFD takes care of that and gives you variable speed. Weighs about 400 lbs

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