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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    St Louis, MO

    ridgid drill press questions???

    Is a mint condition Ridgid drill press DP1500 any different than the 1550? Is it worth 150.00 considering the clearances at HD. Which haven't hit my area by the way.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Northern Colorado
    If your post weren't slipping low, I wouldn't chime in ... largely because my info is purely 2nd hand.

    But ...


    2) My brother is a former TTI guy (Ridgid, and a few other brands). If I'm not mistaken, he has both models, and a bench-top model or two.

    He loves each and every one of them.

    My experience with Ridgid tools has been uniformly excellent. I have a belt sander, oscillating spindle sander, planer, jointer/planer, and ... one or two others.

    The price? I know even less about that.

    Hope the above helps ... if only a little.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Grove City, Ohio
    Yes there are some subtle differences between the 2 models. The 1500 is the older model, which I have. I paid under 100 for mine which was the floor model at the local HD. Was a little rough and missing chuck key, tools and manual. If I were in the market for a drill press, I would consider 150 for a mint DP1500, of course you could always negotiate.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Atlanta , Ga.
    I've been using a 1550 for around 7-8 years.. Is it worth $150 mint? Yeah.. it is worth $300 mint for that matter. Good chuck.. sufficient table but you need to make one larger for WW'ing as most DP's.. good run-out.. sufficient quill travel.. very easy belt change for speeds.. a good machine from top to bottom. The lid is easy to open and stays up also.

    Not one problem with mine and I am in the shop 5-6 days a week since retirement. BTW.. the motor HP is fine as DP's are finesse machines and don't require a lot of HP unless you run large fly cutters. And it you are smart IMO.. you shold avoid them on a DP to start with..

    Hope that helps..

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