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johneye Posted - 01/12/2019 : 2:13:58 PM
Been thinking about investing in a mini drill press for some time, and I noticed that Micro Mark has a pretty good power tool sale going on now. Anyone familiar with their drill presses? Thoughts or recommendations requested. Thanks! PS if this is the wrong spot for this post feel free to move/delete.
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NE Brownstone Posted - 01/14/2019 : 08:30:19 AM
If i were seriously look for a sensitive drill press I'd check out craigslist and ebay. You can probably find a machine that is of industrial quality for a fraction of the original price, especially if you live in New England. I don't know what price range you have in mind, but honestly, anything new less than $300 is probably mediocre at best, for a sensitive drill press. Old sensitive presses are usually in great shape due to the fact that you can't chuck up a big bit and try to jamb it through hardened steel. :P You may even get lucky if the seller has no idea what type of press it really is. Search for sensitive drill press to find the people who know what they are selling and "drill press" to seek out the "I have this vintage drill press from my grandfather, but I have no use for it" sellers. If you have the time and patience you can find some great deals.
johneye Posted - 01/13/2019 : 12:56:08 PM
Yes, that's the one I was originally looking at, particularly liking the digital readout for my old eyes. Unfortunately, the item is discontinued (little letters under shipping cost). The attached guide article is a great read! Thanks!
deemery Posted - 01/13/2019 : 10:39:36 AM
Wow, it seems that Proxxon dropped that variable speed drill press from their product line. Micro Mark do have this model, but it's not cheap: https://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-Benchtop-Variable-Speed-Mini-Hobby-Drill-Press

This article is a good read, it identifies some substantially cheaper alternatives: https://www.bestdrillpressguide.com/best-small-drill-press-in-2016/


BurleyJim Posted - 01/12/2019 : 11:28:43 PM
Keep an eye on eBay or at a train show. The box is a standalone unit. I use mine on my jigsaw.

johneye Posted - 01/12/2019 : 9:35:59 PM
Thanks! that's great information. I really don't want to mess with the pulleys, and the model you described with the speed control appears to be discontinued. Too bad because now that im ready to buy one, they gone! Guess I'll keep shopping around. Some of the machines I have seen on Amazon are economical, but they dont appear to be accurate for modeling according to reviews. I only want to purchase one drill press in my life so I'm willing to spend a little extra to get an accurate and easy to use machine. Too bad Byrnes doesn't make one! His sander is great!
BurleyJim Posted - 01/12/2019 : 8:20:29 PM
If you can find one, Dremel made an 'electronic speed control' that would handle their heavy duty 117 volt Moto tools, Much nice than messing around with pulleys and drive belts.

deemery Posted - 01/12/2019 : 7:10:39 PM
On this MicroMark model, you change the speed by opening the top and messing with the pulleys. That's how my full-size shop drill press works. My modeler drill press is the more expensive dial-a-speed MicroMark model. If you don't expect to change the speed very often, that probably saves you some $.

johneye Posted - 01/12/2019 : 6:56:05 PM
I was thinking about this one, now that the sale price seems pretty good. 8 lbs, variable speed, can get an xy table for it too. https://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-3-Speed-Mini-Drill-Press?cartitemid=item2244set919472&contact_eid=401e8f79-aa68-4234-8401-429cc379f8f0&_bta_tid=21838724765476384071502590494827175230459180395893641581270174725929923139053447008574200933073496555867
mwbpequod Posted - 01/12/2019 : 6:10:43 PM
Variable speed is very useful if you can get it!

I have this bit of an antique that I use that my FiL scored for me when they were being tossed into a dumpster. I use it for just about anything and everything where I'm drilling multiple holes and can get the item to fit in place.

Look around and see what's being disposed of or on maybe Craig's list.
deemery Posted - 01/12/2019 : 5:30:51 PM
Variable speed is really nice to have, particularly if you're going to drill metal and styrene. I have the MicroMark adjustable speed (made by Proxxon), and use it all the time. I also have an X-Y table, which I really should use for some of the projects I've done. :-(

railman28 Posted - 01/12/2019 : 3:16:17 PM
get one that is heavy enough that you can add a X-Y table too. You'll never regret the extra investment.


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