06-05-2010 12:43 AM
what are you planning on drilling? how many speeds on each to handle different bit sizes? Chuck size same on both? You want to use it for a spindle sander if you don't have one already?
06-05-2010 08:08 AM
I would go for the one with the longer quill travel and if both are the same it would come down to price for me. If you can, take a piece of barstock or a longer drill bit that is known to be straight and chuck it up and spin the chuck as best as you can and watch for wobble. Last, which one has the stronger motor. I'm sure there are others with more knowledge than me on selecting a DP but this is what I'd look at.
06-05-2010 08:11 AM - edited 06-05-2010 08:13 AM
The only feature on my drill press that I've ever found lacking is the distance of the spindle travel. There has been more than a few occasions where I wished it had been greater than it is. If wood is all you plan on using your DP for than almost any DP can drill holes in wood. How deep you can bore those holes will vary from one DP to another. Get the one with the longest spindle travel.
EDIT: Rrandy types faster than I do.
06-06-2010 08:17 AM
Well, I'll be the contrary one. I think quill travel is highly over-rated. I cannot remember a time when I wished I could drill a deeper hole.
That being said, my criteria for my next drill press will be a woodworker orientated table and a variable speed. When I am in a hurry...it can be a pain to change those pulley belts.
06-06-2010 08:35 PM
To all that replied, thank you for your thoughts. I decided on the Delta 17-960L. Now because it was on display for 3 years., I'll need to contact Delta for components like the Toggle key and chuck. Again thanks for your insights, which were most helpful. Kris
06-07-2010 07:22 PM
You can get a better chuck a lot of places than Delta. All you need to know is the taper, then check on-line places and eBay for a good Jacobs chuck.