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Old 10-07-2017, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The hunt is on. First choice is a bench top. Floor is not out of the question. I have to do some rearranging. I could probably buy an inexpensive basic 8" and be happy forever. Only want it for stopper blanks..maybe a pepper mill.
My question...what do you have. What are you doing with it. Would you buy the same again or upgrade. I'm not on a budget but don't want to spend needlessly. Thanks, Frank
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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For bottle stoppers I drill the blank on my lathe (I have a bench top DP but don't use it for stoppers) because I can then tap it while still on the lathe so it screws onto my stopper mandrel and also screws onto the stopper hardware.

I've never made a pepper mill but I believe it is better to drill on the lathe because you will use more than one size drill bit in the same hole to accommodate the mechanism and the lathe is better to keep everything lined up properly.

Of course I could be totally wrong...
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Of course I could be totally wrong...
Not wrong at all. I'm currently lathe drilling and enjoying the success of it. Just bored and want a DP.
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I got a WEN bench top and regret not spending more. My main thing I would want is more spindle travel. I would look for at least four inches. It is s pain readjusting the blank mid drill.

More times in my life I have regretted not spending enough and not getting what I really needed than buying nicer than I needed.
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Drilling on the lathe is the best way to go. . Since I starting doing that I've never used my DP.
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I took this entire post out of context up to the last paragraph...


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I have this one, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It is a large benchtop, the only con is the handle, I am used to a round knob this one has a cast iron handle. I had I on my bench, but it is so big I built a stand about 18 inches high and it sits on that. Size wise I would call it a short floor model.
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I have this one, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It is a large benchtop, the only con is the handle, I am used to a round knob this one has a cast iron handle. I had I on my bench, but it is so big I built a stand about 18 inches high and it sits on that. Size wise I would call it a short floor model.
Interesting. I prefer a bench top for the reason of weight. Moving and setting up. I cannot handle heavy items. As I think about everything if I bought a bench top I'd most likely have to get a stand as the benches are crowded. That being the case a floor model would be easier to set up with some help.

Here's the laugh of the day... I was in Home Depot years ago asking about DP's. The salesman shows me few and says the are floor models. I reply I don't want something off the floor I want brand new in box. I ask if they were returned and Open Box items. He cracks up and explains there are Floor Models and BenchTop models. I then realize I would never be a guest on Tool Time.

Just curious...Do you guys bolt your floor DP into the ground. How stable/unstable are they.

How about some opinions on these
https://www.cpojettools.com/jet-7160...SABEgK8hvD_BwE
https://www.acetool.com/JET-707300-1...SABEgISqfD_BwE

How are Wen products? https://www.amazon.com/WEN-4214-12-I.../dp/B00HQONFY6
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I have the smaller WEN. I would class it as very average.

The table seems to have a little flex to it when drilling pressure is exerted on it. This can cause a very slight non concentric hole at the top.

It is a "get by" DP. The sorrow of buying cheap has lingered.

When money loosens up a bit I am going to on lathe drilling.

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For a floor standing press, the Porter-Cable that Lowe's has gets good reviews from several of the woodworking sites/forums.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/PORTER-CABL...ess/1000132463
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