Grizzly G7948 - 12 Speed 20" Floor Drill Press
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- Motor: 1-1/2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, prewired 110V
- Swing: 20"
- Drill chuck: 1/64"–5/8"
- Drilling capacity: 1-1/4" steel
- Spindle taper: MT #4
- Spindle travel: 4-3/4"
- Number of speeds: 12 (210, 310, 400, 440, 630, 670, 1260, 1430, 1650, 2050, 2350, 3300 RPM)
- Quill flange/collar dia: 3.642"
- Precision-ground cast iron table
- Table T-slot size: 5/8" wide, 4-1/4" on centers
- Table size: 18-3/4" x 16-3/4"
- Footprint: 23" x 18"
- Overall height: 70-3/4"
- Approx. shipping weight: 331 lbs.
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18 Customer Reviews (4.6 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I've needed a larger drill press for a long time. But after making due with my little bench top unit and experiencing less than stellar results on a recent woodworking project, I finally reached a point where I absolutely needed the greater throw of a bigger machine. Quill travel was also important, as was table size. I looked at the big Delta, the comparable WEN, and several other brands but went with the Grizzly based on previous experience with their stuff (8" jointer), price, and the Fine Woodworking review article. The drill press is very stable, well built, and will probably do just about anything my woodworking projects throw its way. I just shouldn't have waited so long to buy it.
Very heavy and strong drill press for the money. Will easily turn 1/2" bit in 3/4 steel plate at mid range RPM and still through out large shavings. Very impressed. Just have some help or a hoist to put it together.
It is a good drill press but I wish I had bought a milling machine instead.
This machine has a wide speed range and plenty of power. The only item I have reservations about is the chuck. I may replace the chuck with a deluxe chuck. The safety key is a nusiance. I have never turned on a drill press before removing the key. I suppose there are people that can forget that. Bottom line is, this is worthy of your consideration.
I did say something like "holy moley." It was pretty easy to put together by myself. Everything feels very substantial and operates smoothly. I love the large table. I think it looks good in the shop and it didn't break the bank. Does what a drill press should do and doesn't stop. Very happy.
Haven't used much yet, but seems to be good. Depth stop seems out of place, not the quality as compared to the rest of the machine,
I have two of these in my schools shop and the first one is still running strong after 20 years of student abuse.
Very heavily built good speed selection! Nice addition to my shop
This is the perfect drill press for the home shop. Nothing fancy just right. The big table is perfect for holding a vice or large items. The speed change is a bit of a nuisance but it didn't cost $2000 either.
The power of this is phenomenal I am truly satisfied w this machine does need a key holder built it
really like this unit, belts delivered with it are junk, guard went in the can immediately, but it is solid!
As others have described this machine is a beast. I used my engine hoist and a piece of 2" webbing strap (use a Water Knot) to slowly lower the head onto the tube. I highly recommend this stress free, muscle free method. The base, table, and tube are not a concern for one person to lift. But as a complete assembly, maneuvering this DP into its final position is hard! The information / manual, states that the machine works on either 110 or 220 BUT, the unit comes with a 3 wire cord (line-line-ground). So you can't run the unit on 220 AND use a light. Good news is 110 seems sufficient, and later on I will add a second cord just for the light. I would recommend a 5/8 T-Slot clamping kit (like G1076) because this DP could spin a tank and a good drill vise (such as Wilton 13402).
I have had this drill press for about 4 years and I have put it though its paces. Itâ€™s OK, itâ€™s powerful, but it has flaws and limitations. I bought it originally for its 4 ¾â€ spindle travel because I wanted to drill accurate holes in 4x4 hardwood posts to accommodate a stainless wire cable system for the new guardrail on my deck. It worked well for this. I have since used it on various metalworking projects, including gentle milling. I have a Shop Fox sliding vise that works quite well, although it is a little sloppy. I have two main complaints about the drill press. First the belt changing and tensioning device is terrible. For example, it takes forever to switch speeds between drilling a pilot hole and the full size finish hole. The central idler pulley often hangs up, just to slow the process even more. Belt tension is accomplished by sliding the motor backwards horizontally (in theory). In fact, the slides are so sloppy that the motor rotates skywards so that the axis is tilted causing excessive belt wear, especially with the small, slow speed pulley size. Also, during slow speed, high torque applications the head will stall due to belt slippage. My second complaint is about the red knobs at the end of the feed spokes. These are mounted on flimsy plastic bushings all of which have cracked causing the knobs to fall off. Fortunately the spokes have 12mm threads which allowed me to machine replacement aluminum bushings.
Overall, despite the limitations, I would recommend this tool for the price.
I got my shipment with great service by the driver who was very helpful. When I went to assemble the drill press it was suggested to lay it on its side and install the top part and then get three people to stand it up. I could not find three people so I stood it up by myself and when the blood and oxygen got back to my brain, I finally realized how big the drill press really was! I had reservations about the drill press because it was made in China but it looks to be good quality. The fit and finish was good and no sloppy joints. I'm very happy it went together so nicely. Really good stuff so I'm working on a second order! Keep up the good work and hope to see you at the tent sale! Also, very good service from all the people I talked to at Grizzly. A most excellent company to do business with. Not one cranky person at Grizzly. Good job and thanks!