Porter-Cable 12-Speed 15" Drill Press

Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
PCB660DP
Price:
$300

Description

* X-Y axial projecting laser guides provide accurate pre-alignment of drilling location
* Twelve operating speeds (300-3100RPM) allows for drilling in metals or wood and sanding operations
* Dual left and right hubs allow for placement of crank handles on either side of drill head
* Cast Iron worktable designed for wood or metal drilling, tilts up to 45 degrees for bevel drilling
* Spindle travel up to 4" provides extra depth capacity
* Adjustment depth gauge allows for accurate repetitive drilling
* Adjustable gooseneck work light for better illumination of work area
* Motor: 8.0 Amps
* Motor Control: On/Off Toggle
* Speeds: 12
* Table Size: 13 15/64 x 13 15/64 "
* Table Tilt: L and R: 45 °
* Table Insert: No
* Column Diameter: 2 7/8"
* Spindle Taper: MT2
* Chuck Taper: JT3
* Weight: 151.10 lbs.

Reader Reviews

My shops work horse

Review Summary

This was the first piece of stationary equipment I invested in and I rarely go into my wood shop without using it. I regularly use this to create rough holes for mortises that are to be squared out later by hand. I use large forstner bits regularly and have never had a problem with lack of power. The bit rotates spot on accurately with no wobble. It works quietly enough that I can skip any ear protection.
Speed selection is a little cumbersome and I'm short (5' 7") so I have to stand on a cinder block to do it but the diagram on the inside of the pulley housing makes it simple enough, although you probably won't want to do it regularly. Assembly was practically a nightmare, although I don't assemble drill presses regularly so I have little to compare it to. Nearly all the weight of the thing is in the head unit, which is to be expected but to put it together you have to lift the 100lb + head unit about 6 feet off the ground and lower it in place. So be sure to have someone to help you with that. The weight of it also makes it prone to tipping over. Many suggest bolting it to the ground but I've managed to improve the issue by placing a cinder block and storage for large bolts on the base. I would recommend to keep a firm grasp on the spindle plunge handle since the spring tension on it is fairly strong and its easy to get whacked in the face if you let is slip and the handles go flying.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Great drill press

Review Summary

Very happy with my purpose. I’ve had this press for over two years and have zero issues with it. The laser was dead on from the factory and the 4” length of travel means I seldom need to adjust my table. I’ve used this mostly for woodworking but the metal I’ve drilled offered no problems. Besides drilling I’ve used sanding drums on it with very good results. Speed changes are easy and even at the higher speeds I have no wobble. The only thing I’d change is the lamp should be an LED.
Standard lamps are fragile in a shop and even the screw in type of LED bulbs are subject to breakage. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this press again.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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