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Tool review: Floor-standing Drill Presses

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You can't go wrong with either of these machines

You can't go wrong with either of these machines

Two drill presses jumped to the head of the class to share Top Tool honors: the Delta 17-959L and the Powermatic PM2800. Both performed exceptionally with plenty of power and no significant flaws -- the choice between the two comes down to what's more important to you: a superb table (Delta) or easy speed changes (Powermatic). Should both of these fall out of your price range, consider the Shop Fox W1680, our Top Value. It lacks frills, but proved accurate with ample power.

Editor's note: Although the Delta 17-959L earned a share of Top Tool honors in this review, Delta plans to replace this model in early 2011 with an 18" version. Delta's Bill Harman says the 18-900C will be similar to the existing unit, but with enhanced features for greater torque, table movement, stability, and bit visibility.

Learn the complete results of our testing of the Craftsman 22901, Delta 17-959L, General International 75-200RC M1, Grizzly G7947, Jet JDP-17DX, Powermatic PM2800, Rikon 30-230, Shop Fox W1680, in the September 2010 issue of WOOD magazine, or download the review.



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