Ridgid 15" Stationary Drill Press

Average reader rating
3.8
out of 5
Brand:
Ridgid
Model:
DP1550
Price:
$500

Description

* Input: 1/2 HP TEFC induction, 120 V
* Number of Speeds: 12
* No Load Speed: 300 – 3,100 RPM
* Chuck Size: 5/8"
* Spindle Travel: 3.75"
* Overall Height: 65.5"
* Tool Weight: 158.4 lb.

Reader Reviews

Nice features for the price

Review Summary

Purchased this several years back and have been satisfied with performance and features. 1/2 hp motor is not the strongest available but has worked for me. Rack and pinion height adjustment is a nice feature. Table is adjustable. One of the reasons I bought this is the 300 rpm low end speed. Some competitors run too fast for larger bits. Lifetime Ridgid warranty and a price at big box depot that was well below that listed above were incentives for purchase also.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Failing after a few years of service

Review Summary

This was purchased a few years back, and right out of the box the motor was vibrating badly. Ridgid promptly sent a replacement motor which cured the problem and it worked well after that for years. Lately its been drilling sloppy holes and the bits have been drifting prompting me to figure out what was wrong. The quill when partially extended now wobbles 35 thousandths of an inch. That's more than 1/32 of an inch, enough to feel and hear it click as you move it back and forth.
It seems the general consensus is that it's normal to wobble around 3-5 thousandths, and that's what is shown on some other drill presses I looked at for reference. I'm retired and this has been used as a hobby machine, almost exclusively in woodworking, and while I do probably use it much more than most hobbyists, it hasn't been used anywhere near enough to be worn out like this. It's not bearings, it's the cast iron sleeve that the quill slides up into. Sadly, This is now the second tool Ridgid has burned me on, the first, a cordless drill not honoring the "Lifetime" warranty.(Check this on woodworking forums, its fairly common) Given the price I paid for this drill press, I considered it a great buy for my woodworking needs and it performed well until this. As this tool only had a 3 year warranty, (now about 4-5? years old), It's done, Still usable, but not accurate enough for the type of work I'm doing. Would any of the other brands in this category perform and stand up any better? I don't know. I think I got what I paid for. And NO I would not recommend this tool.

Detailed Ratings

2.3
out of 5

Performance

1

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

1

Perfect for my use

Review Summary

I read many reviews before purchasing this Drill Press, the majority census was good. I really enjoy using it I have had it around a year now and it still performs as good as when I purchased it. I have pretty much retooled my shop with RIGID tools, (mainly because of the warranty).

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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