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    Used drill press buying guide?

    Hey, it has been over an year since I last asked this forum about a cheap bench-top drill press that I found off craigslist. I turned it down based on the comments given here, and I'm glad I did... I think...

    I'm given an opportunity to buy an old Walker Turner drill press, which the current owner has put a good bit of work on (converted from bench-top to a floor model, link belt, new motor, etc.) He's asking $200, which I think is a good price for it, but more than what I originally budgeted for a drill press. So, I want to make sure things are in the top-notch condition mechanically before I pull the trigger.

    What would your checklist look like if you are evaluating a used drill press?

    Thanks!
    Kesh

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    You would have to tear it down to give a 100% inspection. But barring that, make sure the spindle isn't sloppy in the quill.
    $200 isn't a bad price for a good WT drill press.
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    Thanks Myk,

    Quote Originally Posted by Myk Rian View Post
    But barring that, make sure the spindle isn't sloppy in the quill.
    Could you elaborate on this? How can I tell that spindle is sloppy in the quill?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myk Rian View Post
    $200 isn't a bad price for a good WT drill press.
    That's good to hear. I bought a 14" Delta BS from the same guy, and he appears to take good care of his tools. So, I'm hopeful.

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    When is comes to a drill press, runout at the chuck would be my main concern. Layman's, is the chuck smooth with no noticeable wobble at a drill bit point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Schweikert View Post
    When is comes to a drill press, runout at the chuck would be my main concern. Layman's, is the chuck smooth with no noticeable wobble at a drill bit point.
    Another translation--put a 1/4" bit in the chuck, drill a hole. Check to see if the hole is the same size as the bit. Any extra size of the hole is "runout".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl McLain View Post
    Another translation--put a 1/4" bit in the chuck, drill a hole. Check to see if the hole is the same size as the bit. Any extra size of the hole is "runout".
    That's an easy test I can perform! What's an acceptable runout for woodworking purpose? <0.01" be enough?

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    I'd say if it runs and drills fairly straight holes then you can't go wrong for $200. That's pretty low in the spectrum of drill presses and WT are usually pretty decent machines. Don't expect to get a machine that drills to really high tolerances for that price…….but you really don't need super precision for most woodworking operations anyway

    Take a look at it and drill some holes, if everything works OK, Bingo!

    good luck,
    JeffD

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