Delta 17" Drill Press

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.6
out of 5
Brand:
Delta Machinery
Model:
17-959L
Price:
$580

Description

The DELTA 17-959L 17" Laser Crosshair Drill Press features a fully adjustable, powered TWINLASER pod that projects a bright red crosshair on the workpiece at the point of bit contact. This drill press comes equipped with an industry leading 18x14" tilting table for woodworking applications, and tilts 0-90° left and right, and 0-45° forward with positive stops at 0, 45 and 90°. This will help you to position your workpiece without creating time-consuming jigs. The table has a removable insert for larger bit applications. Two T-Slots are machined into the table which allow you to accuratly and firmly secure your workpiece or use a variety of attachments and accesories. The flexible lamp provides extra light to the work surface. Sixteen speeds allow for drilling a wide variety woods, plastics and metals. This unit has a full 4-7/8" quill stroke for deeper drilling applications. This drill press has a 3/4-HP induction motor for long lasting performance and a large non-tip base for increased stability.

• Motor: 3/4 HP, 120V
• Speeds: 16 (215-2,750 rpm)
• Table Size: 18"x14"
• Table Tilt: 0-90° L–R; 0-45° Forward
• Table Insert: 3-3/4" x 3-3/4"
• Column Diameter: 3.15"
• Spindle Taper: #2 Morse Taper
• Chuck Taper: Jacobs 3
• Quill Diameter: 1-3/4"
• Quill Stroke: 4-7/8"
• Chuck Capacity: 5/8"
• Chuck to Table Capacity: 24-1/2"
• Chuck to Base Capacity: 44-1/2"
• Height: 70"
• Width: 18"
• Depth: 28"
• Weight: 238 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Table tilts forward and side to side

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ Test-best quill stroke of 4-7/8". ↑ Our favorite table: It tilts 90° left and right as well as 45° forward—the only one in our test of 8 drill presses with this feature—and it’s easy to clamp to the edges and in the convenient T-tracks. ↑ Accurate, easy-to-see, electrically powered cross-hair lasers make pinpoint bit placement easy. ↑ With the largest base, this machine proved the most stable in the test.
↑ A crank that’s angled toward the back makes table-height adjustments easy and eliminates knuckle-banging. Low Points: ↓ No chuck-key holder. More Points: → To change belts, you lift the hood up and back, providing access from either side. → Works well with optional mortising attachment (#17-924, $90) and sanding drums.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

The Best Woodworking Drill Press

Review Summary

This drill press was designed specifically for woodworking. The big rectangular table has a wide lip, easy to clamp to without running into all the gussets underneath, and it tilts easily in 3 directions. It's easy to change the speeds, with access from either side. The quill lock works well, though I could wish it had a bigger handle. Of all the drill presses in all the shops that I've worked with, this is the best. But it's a bear to set up.
Don't be an idiot like I was and try to do it yourself. Get help, preferrably from a big, strong person. And forget about the laser; I never could get it set up accurately. I'd get it set just right, then as soon as I tightened the locking screws, it would move. But after a lifetime of using drill presses without lasers, who needs it?

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reliable over time

Review Summary

I have the older version of this drill press and have had it for probably 20 years and it has served me well and is still working well. The older ones didn't have a light and have a much smaller table. The only repair I've had to do on this older version drill press is secure the handles with and added bolt to keep them from coming lose. The best upgrade I've made ,and you should too, is get a keyless chuck. It has saved me time and a lot of effort in changing bits.
I've actually made cuts as large as three inches with a Forstner bit, in pine, with this tool.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Nice drill press

Review Summary

Quietest drill press I've ever used. The lasers are a little tricky to get set up but once they are they work great.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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