Craftsman 15" Drill Press (OR20451)
(7 Epinions reviews)
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Decent press at a decent price
Jan 24, 2004 (Updated Jan 24, 2004)
Review by motophotoman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Solid tool, reliable, basic Craftsman quality
Cons:Somewhat small base requires floor bolts to be safe
The Bottom Line: If Sears is local go for it. It is a good quality tool and a nice step up from a bench top of any kind.
I've been using this press for about 3 months now. I use it mainly for drilling aluminum sheet metal products. I can only compare it to a dreadful 9" bench top hand-me-down but it has performed perfectly. I had no idea how bad the old one was until I got this one. What a huge improvement.
Recommend this product?
Speed changes are simple and the design uses two set screws on each side of the unit so that you can tension the belt with your right hand and secure it with the left. Then just tighten the right and you're ready to go. I only change between two speeds and only once a day in most cases so this method is fine. If I changed speeds a lot I'd prefer a switch selector or variable speed unit.
The drill comes with a simple fence. The hold down bolts that come with it work fine. The accessory hold down bolts sold at Sears do not work well on this table. They extend up through the slot a teense, above the table, so the vise can't sit flat. Stick with the ones that come with it or plan on having to grind some to fit.
I recommend you bolt this tool to the floor. Otherwise it is a little unstable on the small base when/if you push on it (like when tensioning the belts).
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