I am thinking about upgrading my drill press. It’s an old one, early 1970’s. What features and options are a must have? Any suggestions?
+1If you plan on doing pens, quill travel is of prime importance. The more the better.
That’s interesting thought. I was thinking a floor model but this might be the ticket. Need to think on that someWell, the Nova Viking has probably everything you could ever want for under $1000. from the sounds of it, you dont need a floor standing model. In all the years ive had my old 16-1/2" delta, (probably 25 yrs) I cant think of one time ive needed very much height that a bench top wouldnt have worked.
It’s a Rockwell. Needs a lot of rust cleanup. Wobbles so I have a little problem with run outWhat's your old DP? And what do you find lacking? Ain't much changed with drill presses over the last hundred years (with the obvious exception of that Nova) and your golden oldie might be equal or better than what you can buy new.
Those are the bells and whistles I wondering are worth itIf $ is no object get a state-of-the-art electronic that has infinitely variable electronic speed control and a laser drill point locator. I use doweled joints frequently, and when I am drilling sockets using pencil marks done freehand I really wish I had the laser locator.