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Delta DP300L Bench Top Drill Press - The Answer for Small Shops
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In a large production shop, a drill press is standard equipment, but many small-shop owners put off buying one for years.  Most often, the reason is a matter of small-shop economics:  Shelling out four or five hundred dollars for a  floor-standing model gets shuffled down the priority list when there are so many other "must have" pieces of equipment to buy - a table saw, a router and router table, a band saw, a sander or two, clamps, etc.  Another concern, for anyone who's shop isn't permanently planted in one spot, is the (lack of) portability of a full-scale drill press. A floor-standing drill press is heavy and has a weight distribution that makes it more than a little awkward to handle during a move.

Doing without a drill press, on the other hand, can be difficult to manage.  There isn't another tool that lets you set up quickly for drilling operations that require accuracy and repeatability, or that can be fitted with a mortising attachment for quick, accurate mortises.  And a drill press outfitted with a sanding drum is really the only viable alternative to a spindle sander for sanding inside curves.

For shops where cost and portability are concerns, a bench top drill press is the best option, but finding a model that doesn't sacrifice quality in the interest of affordability and a compact size can be a challenge.  We think the Delta DP 300L 12" Drill Press is an exception.  It has a surprisingly complete list of the features you'd expect to find on an industrial quality floor standing model, including an industrial induction motor, a rack and pinion table raising/lowering mechanism, an adjustable-position locking depth stop, and laser crosshairs for accurate work-positioning - all in an affordable, portable bench top package.  Add to that the tool tray and work light that come standard, and the optional mortising attachment and you have a tool that truly solves the small shop drill press dilemma.

posted on June 23, 2006 by Rockler
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9 thoughts on “Delta DP300L Bench Top Drill Press - The Answer for Small Shops”

  • Bob Osborne

    There once was a set up that allowed you to use your drill as a drill press. Are these still available. It would extend the use of the drill. Thanks for your help.

  • Blog Editor

    Yes, there is:<a href="http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2405" rel="nofollow">The Portable Drill Guide</a>.<br /><br />There's more on Portable Drill Guide and other jigs and gadgets designed to improve the accuracy of a hand held drill in <a href="http://www.rockler.com/blog/index.cfm?commentID=135" rel="nofollow">"Jigs and Guides for Handheld Drills"</a>.<br />

  • MIKE

    I would like some more info on this DELTA dp300.<br />Is it just an other "made in tiawain"<br />some what useful piece/ but with loose tolerance?

  • Blog Editor

    Mike, thanks for the question. We haven't heard any complaints about the quality of this drill press. In fact, there are opinions to the contrary in our <a href="http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=16449&TabSelect=Reviews" rel="nofollow">customer reviews </a>of the product. It's not the largest or most powerful drill press you can buy, but then it's not designed for heavy-duty production work.

  • Don

    I have this press and it works great. Was wondering what the
    tallest piece of stock you can bore down through. I would like to bore straight down through 6" pen blanks. Maybe I don't have the big picture
    on the adjustments. Can't go wrong buying this press for the price.

  • Rockler Blog Team
    Rockler Blog Team March 2, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Glad to hear you like the drill press. Technically, it would be possible to drill a 6' blank, but since the quill stoke is 2-3/8', you would need to raise the table 3 times to complete the process. Doing that would mean you'd have to have to start the final drilling pass with 4' of the bit already in the hole. You'd want to make sure that everything is securely clamped in place and that the bit spins freely in the hole before you begin. Binding and chip ejection could still be a problem. Most pens require the blank to be cut in half. Doing that first is easier and safer, but maybe you have a special project that requires a full length blank?

  • svanier

    Great tool, my dad has it (a bit older model). Any reason not to get the dp350 (variable speed version) instead. Does the variable speed dial have an accurate indicator? Having trouble deciding which one to get.

  • Rockler Blog Team
    Rockler Blog Team March 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the comment. Chances are, a variable speed mechanism on a machine in that price class won't be dead-on accurate, but would you need it to be? Handy, though - definitely. In all fairness to you, we suggest reading customer reviews for the most unbiased opinions. You'll find some on our site, and plenty of others, we're sure. It's a very popular tool because of the speed adjust feature and the price.

  • Steve

    you mentioned this can be fitted with a mortising attachment. What mortising attachment fits this drill press?

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