SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

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SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby Dr Tony Balls » 27 Jul 2009, 17:43

Anyone have ideas for small drill presses?

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and dont have a shop/garage in which to keep a full sized drill press. Im thinking that there has to be something available in more like a bench-top size that I could put out of the way in a closet when I dont need it. Ive got a dremel, and I know they have the drill press stand, but all that would get me is a press for pilot holes, and i'd still have to use the hand drill for unibit stuff.
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby LMJS » 27 Jul 2009, 21:20

Try Harbor Freight.
Stability is an issue when using a hand drill in one of the old press stands from back in the 70's and 80's. But Harbor Freight might have a small model that would suit your needs and budget.
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby JiM » 27 Jul 2009, 22:49

I'm interested too !
Something just big enough to drill enclosures, and small/precise enough to drill PCBs without breaking bits :?

There was a previous thread somewhat related here : viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4548
I've also seen some of these http://www.wolfcraft.de/jcatalog_genera ... ducts.html in stores, but it didn't look like a great deal to me, has anyone some feedback ?
(the product line is different for the USA, that one looks better with a guided chuck : http://www.wolfcraft.com/product_detail.cfm?id=58)

For completely different needs, the MultiMachine is a great low-tech device : http://opensourcemachine.org/ :thumbsup
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby kierc » 28 Jul 2009, 22:00

I don't know how big this "Hobby Drill" is, but looks interesting for ~£50 - (UK supplier: Rapid, but may find something similar over by you?)

http://www.rapidonline.com/productinfo.aspx?tier1=Tools%2c+Fasteners+%26+Production+Equipment&tier2=Power+Tools&tier3=Workshop+Equipment&tier4=5-speed+Hobby+bench+drill&moduleno=78422
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby rocklander » 28 Jul 2009, 22:54

kierc wrote:I don't know how big this "Hobby Drill" is, but looks interesting for ~£50 - (UK supplier: Rapid, but may find something similar over by you?)

http://www.rapidonline.com/productinfo.aspx?tier1=Tools%2c+Fasteners+%26+Production+Equipment&tier2=Power+Tools&tier3=Workshop+Equipment&tier4=5-speed+Hobby+bench+drill&moduleno=78422

I have a 'cheap' similar one of these.. great for drilling enclosures, but I tried one of those 0.8mm chuck (hand drill/screwdriver adapter) in it and it's far too imprecise. I can see the drill bit rotating around the centre(as in nearly 1mm diameter of play :x )
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby RnFR » 29 Jul 2009, 01:16

home depot has a stand for a normal drill so that you can mount it vertically. it costs about 30 bucks. i've never tried it or anything like it, but it might work.
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby salocin » 29 Jul 2009, 11:17

Anyone ever used the Dremel workstation that turns it into a drill press? Could work well for drilling boards, not so sure about enclosures.
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby modman » 29 Jul 2009, 18:50

salocin wrote:Anyone ever used the Dremel workstation that turns it into a drill press? Could work well for drilling boards, not so sure about enclosures.
http://www.toolspotting.net/images/drem ... tation.jpg


I use that. You could use a Dremel by hand, but my experience is that you are going to break a lot more bits. Bits used for pcb drilling are thin and cannot take horizontal pressure. PCB drilling without a drill press is not much fun, because its hard to keep the drill steady when doing such detail work.

I also use that the drill guide holes in enclosures, but I finish of using a Unibit for drilling all holes in enclosures. This is not the one, but gives an idea of what a Unibit, Multibit, whatever is.

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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby lolbou » 29 Jul 2009, 18:56

You don't use the Unibit with the DRemel, do you? :?:
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Re: SMALL Drill Presses, anyone?

Postby KB » 14 Jan 2011, 19:48

I use a Dremel workstation with dremel attached to drill boards, no problems. The base is suffiecently heavy to use without fixing to a bench, not had any stability problems. Works well, just set the depth stop so you don't have to pull down much and gives good accurate results. Just use highest speed with the dremel.

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