General International Drill Press

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
General International
Model:
75-200RC M1
Price:
$640

Description

• Rotating, 45° tilting, crank-operated worktable with quick release clamp.
• Large front-mounted stop switch with lock-out safety feature to prevent unwanted or unintentional start-up.
• Adjustable spindle tension return spring.
• Built-in lamp illuminates the drilling area. (Bulb not included)
• Spindle is supported by high quality ball bearings.
• Cast-iron pulleys reduce vibration.
• Industrial 3/4 HP motor.
• Heavy-duty positive depth stop for quick adjustment.
• 5/8” regular chuck with key included. (Model 75-200 M1 comes with a keyless 5/8” chuck.)
• Swing: 17”
• Spindle travel: 3.25”
• Spindle distance to table: 27-7/8"
• Spindle distance to base: 48”
• Table size: 12” x 12”
• Column diameter: 3-1/8”
• Spindle speeds: 12 (340 - 2800 RPM)
• Spindle taper: MT 2
• Overall height: 64.5”
• Base size: 11-3/4” x 19-5/8”
• Motor: 3/4 HP, 110 V, 12 A
• Weight: 200 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Good boring leverage

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ A flip-down guard prevents accidents around the chuck—a good idea because the chuck key lacks a spring-loaded safety pin. ↑ Long quill handles deliver ample leverage. Low Points: ↓ Requires two open-end wrenches to tilt the table, but neither are included. ↓ Without a quill lock, you can’t secure the chuck in a lowered position. ↓ You must remove a screw with a screwdriver to open the hood for speed changes.
↓ The battery-powered cross-hair lasers easily bump out of alignment and intersect at a steep angle, making pinpoint accuracy difficult. ↓ The chuck key did not fit in the onboard chuck-key holder. More Points: → Safety lock-out on the power switch engages with each shut- down and is difficult to open again. → Mortising with the optional attachment (#70-905, $120) proves accurate, but setup proves more finicky than with other makes.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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