How much can you really say about a drill press?
I received the RIGID 15" standing drill press as a gift from my lovely wife. After almost a year of use it has been one of the most useful gifts I've ever received.
Setup of the DP-1550 was fairly easy. The most difficult part is setting the head unit on the pole. You should definitely get help. The instruction manual for the drill press is much better than the manual for the table saw. I had the entire drill press assembled in about 20 minutes.
The overall look and feel of the drill press is nice. The metal base and head unit add heft. The orange top is plastic, but that makes sense because you open and close it to adjust the spindle speed. The table is cast iron and smallish (I think that is the case with most). The table also has some extreme slop when not locked down. I would have liked to have the table feel a little tighter when raising/lowering it. The on/off switch, like the table saw, has a lockout key. The drill press also comes with an integrated light that works surprisingly well.
The controls are easy to reach and at the right height for me. I'm 6' so a shorter person may have difficulty with the On/Off switch for drill press and light. The handle to raise and lower the spindle look like cheap chrome plating, but they feel hefty and durable.
The drill press has a crank to raise/lower the table. As I said before, the table has considerable wobble when loosened. I believe this is so it can be shifted left and right as well as raised and lowered. The only issue I have with the excessive wobble is that it is difficult to get the table exactly where you want it, and lock it down at the same time. The table also tilts, but I've not had a need to use this feature yet, so I can't comment.
Changing speeds on the drill press is a snap. Like most drill presses in this price range the speed is changed by manually moving the belt on the drive pulleys. The nice thing about this drill press is that RIGID has incorporated tension release levers. When loosened they move the motor assembly closer to the spindle pulley and therefore loosen the belt. When the belt is positioned at the new location move the motor assembly back and tighten the tension levers. This is much easier than other drill press' I've used.
I've drilled quite a few holes in hard maple, walnut, and MDF using this drill press. I've used paddle bits, hole saws, brad point drills, and regular HSS bits. I've not had any complaints about the 1/2 hp motor on this unit.
I'll be honest. I measured the run-out on the spindle when I bought the drill press, but I don't remember what it was. Obviously, the run-out is within my acceptable limits. I would be interested to hear what run-out others have measured with this drill press.
For my uses, this drill press is an awesome performer. I have yet to push the limits of the 15" capacity, or the 1/2 hp. Really, what can you say about a drill press unless there is something horribly wrong? The price is right and if you catch them on sale at Home Depot you can get 10% off with 1 year no interest. That's hard to beat.
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