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Old 08-17-2022, 02:06 AM
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I couldn't find any category that this seemed to fit in so I'll put it right here at home base. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced drill press for RC stuff and other light duty use. I'm thinking probably something bench-mounted. I should have bought one 40 years ago or so but better late than never. Thanks
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if on a budget check harbor freight
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I got mine from Grizzly.
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It depend on how fancy you want it. If you just want a plain drill press, get the one at Harbor Freights. It's not like you will be boring through 1" thick steel all day.
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I couldn't find any category that this seemed to fit in so I'll put it right here at home base. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced drill press for RC stuff and other light duty use. I'm thinking probably something bench-mounted. I should have bought one 40 years ago or so but better late than never. Thanks

A drill press with 3-5 speeds. A 8" table bench top model and 1/2" shank capacity chuck.
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I have the small desktop Harbor Freight one. Works fine for hobby use and smaller bits. Quiet and small. Chuck has a small amount of runout (guessing around 0.1-0.2mm?) but is good enough for hobby work.
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The Dremel. Drill press works well and uses your dremel as the motor.
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Old 08-18-2022, 08:13 AM
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Okay, thanks for all of the great advice!
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Why not going for a mil?
Most mills can be used as a drill press but with the cross table you can do so much more. Also a vice screwed to the cross table makes drilling more easy with positioning the object and very stable.

I have a same model as the Sieg X1, as a mill it is not the best but it is affordable and and will do the job perfectly.

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Originally Posted by 1995 Monster T View Post
A drill press with 3-5 speeds. A 8" table bench top model and 1/2" shank capacity chuck.
+1. Here is mine set up for polishing 32P steel pinions. Gives you the idea of size and versatility at an affordable cost. Had this drill press for 25+ years now.

Good seeing you post again Milkdudd. Hope this helps. 'AC'


1993 Craftsman manual feed drill press. Belt driven cone adjust 3-speed. 1/2in capacity chuck.



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https://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-2-3-...208T/316322510

Probably more than enough for basic rc use, and inexpensive.
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