Grizzly G7943 - 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press
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52 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I'm very pleased with this drill in that it can bet set at low RPM for metals and high enough RPM for wood.
Bought for my garage shop. I am very happy with it. Top cover was damaged in shipment but not the fault of Grizzly.
This is an awfully nice drill press. Very nice in fact. It's also very large and I made a mistake of not buying a floor standing model. It's too tall to use on any average sized table so you need to have an extra short one or a stand for it. Minus one star just because it's a little too much for a table top press but it's very well made and works great so that's nice. Would not recommend because it's awkwardly sized and would recommend a floor standing model over this one.
Runout seems to be very minimal (pretty much undetectable). Solid unit all around. Easy to finish assembling.
My only difficulty was attaching a woodworking table. I wish the metal table had thru-holes or slots.
I'm HUGELY disappointed with my purchase.
In building the drill press over the course of a week or more, I could not for the life of me find the arbor. So in desperation, and in quick need of the tool, I called and had a new arbor shipped overnight.
This Thursday I receive the new arbor. So I install the arbor and attempt to lower the drill - won't go. With more force than expected I can lower the drill - but it WON'T retrieve back up. It stays extended. Frustrated, I do all I can, then call Tech Support. They were great on the phone, we trouble shot what we could and faced with mailing the tool back, or doing the repair myself - I proceed with repair.
Guess what - I remove the spindle hub, and find an arbor lodged behind it and pressed against the gearing. Imagine my surprise.
I want a NEW one, which won't happen. I want a full refund on the NEW ARBOR I bought and shipped overnight. I'm assured my issue has been forwarded to a Supervisor somewhere to review and I will get a call in 24 hours. That was Thursday noon. It's Saturday noon and guess what - no response.
Grizzly is letting this customer stew and hang apparently.
How does mfg let an arbor fall inside the headstock? Where is QA/QC? Where was the inspector before this was packaged? Where is Customer Service when something happens? The Tech Support and Online sales folks were super.
Photos below - first a shot of the scared arbor found inside the headstock (motor housing) behind the spindle hub.
I bought this drill press. I got to inspect it and was impressed with it. Got it in my building and the next day a storm collapsed the building. I will up date my review I can dig it out and set it up again.
I bought this drill press about a month ago but only got round to assembling it tonight. Assembly was a breeze; the instruction manual was very clear and easy to follow. I managed to assemble the unit alone but that's only because I lift weights and am strong enough to wrestle the headstock onto the column by myself; I strongly advise against this if you are not used to lifting at least 100 pounds (a higher weight than the headstock because the unit is a bit awkward to handle). The unit runs well; not having a plumb bob, I am aligning it by using test bores. This seems to work well enough.
The chuck has a lot of wobble so much that it is visually obvious, I think they call this run out? Do you know if there is a way to correct this? I tried removing and reinstalling the chuck but that did not help. Other wise the press is very nice and appears to build very solidly.
This is over all a great unit. The only thing I would prefer would have been a laser pointer of the exact center of the bit on the surface, but that isn't a major thing.
Have only had for a month, haven't had much experience with it yet. First impressions are very good...seems well-made, very good assembly manual information.
All my machines are Grizzly and have been happy with ten for clues to 17 years
For the buck this is an amazing deal. Your not going to get an industrial machine for this price. But yippy can get a high quality machine. This is it.
Excellent drill press especially at this price. Very smooth and powerful.
I needed a good drill press for small hobby shop use. I had a cheap one from another source but the chuck wobbled. This drill press drills a straight hole, it's heavy and it has power. It's made in china like everything but its a good tool for the smaller shop.
Very Happy! Well made, very quick delivery, easy to assemble and affordable. Thanks Grizzly, (***** 5 star product)
I had a small no name drill press before I got this great drill press. The difference is night and day. Excellent product
This drill press has turned into a real workhorse in my shop. I use with Forstner bits at slow speeds to make items I sell. The speed ranges are perfect for everything I do. It was a superb choice!
good drill press, changed out chuck and arbor, had about 8 thou
runout, noticed arbor was not hardened...
New arbor with bigger chuck...less than 4 thou runout.
Very pleased with my purchase.
When I opened the box and got this BEAST put together, it was much more than I expected !!! When they say it's a "HD" drill press, they mean it ! The only difference between the bench and floor model is the vertical column. I did have a minor issue in that the arbor was missing....ONE call, told the rep what was wrong, he said "No problem", it shipped the same day, and I had it a few days later---Customer Service at it's finest !!!! Highly recommend the DP and Grizzly !!!!
First, let me tell you about Grizzly and their customer service. The drill press had been damaged in shipment and had a severe vibration. After speaking to almost every person in their customer service and technician departments, trying to remedy the situation, Grizzly shipped me a brand new head unit. Without exception, all of the people I spoke with were genuinely concerned and anxious to fix my problem. There were a lot of phone calls back and forth but never was there a doubt in my mind that the people at this company had my interest at heart. Yes, Grizzly represents a great value in woodworking tools but their customer service is second to none. Thank you, Grizzly.
Now, on to the drill press. The G7943 is a replacement for a 9" Craftsman that I had for years. The smaller press served me well for years but really did not like forstner bits and hard maple. For those of you who, like me, are used to a small drill press, wait until you open the box for this baby. It ain't your granny's drill press! This is the real McCoy. The instructions say to have help during assembly and help is definitely required to lift the head unit onto the base unit. This is a man's drill press. After the vibration problem with the damaged unit I was a bit anxious when I turned it on for the first time. No problem. It ran smooth as silk with no untoward noise or vibration. I then installed a 2" forstner bit and a scrap piece of white oak (Didn't want to waste any of my maple.) and proceeded to cut a very nice 2" hole.
One earlier reviewer commented that the G7943 was too tall for his bench. Mine is mounted on a mobile cart that is about 30" high. For me it is a very satisfactory height. I also really like the light feature. I did not know I needed it until I had a drill press that had a light.
In summary, the G7943 is a good solid tool that I expect to use for years. I would recommend it to anyone. The price is right and the quality is top notch. Have I mentioned the customer service? Had I not had the problem of a damaged unit I would not have had the experience with the people at Grizzly. They turned what could have been unpleasant into in good experience. I now have four pieces of Grizzly green equipment and am looking forward to my next purchase.
I love this drill press but I have one major issue with it. The handle to move the quill protrudes too far in front of the drill press head and at the height the drill press sits on my high work bench I tend to hit my head on the it during set-up. I guess if I could rotate the handle 10 degrees or so it wouldn't be a problem but I haven't looked into doing this as of this writing. What I have done was to move the handle out of my head's way and to lock it in place until I go to use it. This is a minor issue I just live with. This drill press replaces a Ryobi automatic speed and although it takes a little longer to change the speed we're only talking seconds so it's no big deal. The drill press is made very solid and is well worth the price. I did a lot of research and found that this unit has the lowest adjustable speed, which I prefer for Forstner bits and is worth the price. In addition, adjusting the quill depth is very simple and more accurate then the Ryobi that I replaced.
You guys have been great to deal with. I love the drill press and will buy Grizzly for my future needs.
I am very pleased with the performance of my new Grizzly 12" bench-top drill press! No run out what so ever great torque!
Everything works great but the sheild that covers the pulleys was partially crushed
I didn't receive a chuck key for the drill. Otherwise it's a great drill press.
I recently bought a 14" bench top drill press.
Very pleased with the quality and pricing.
My unit received some minor damage to the pulley cover during shipping. The people in customer service were Great! They sent me the parts I needed to make repairs.
Technical Dept. helped with information I needed to get the job done.
I couldn't be more pleased with the help I received. I certainly will be looking at Grizzly for future purchases.
Thanks Chuck Walker
From metal to wood mortising it's done an excellent job. Speed changes are straightforward. Repetitive drilling is not a chore anymore and the chuck allows me to change from extra small drill size for projects like knives or jewelry to large diameter boring without changing the chuck.
Bought this for my wife, she loves how easy it is to adjust the table height
I am impressed with this drill press. I was not impressed with the packaging used to ship it as it arrived with considerable damage to the drill and not much damage to the packaging. Grizzly was responsive in sending replacement parts but some of the parts I couldn't get off to change and who wants the hassle when buying new. Overall I like it but feel like I didn't really get my money's worth given the damage. It wasn't practical to send it back to them for replacement as it weighs 150 pounds so some discount in the price would have been appreciated.
I haven't had a chance to really test it on what I intended it for which is blade making but so far it has helped me with multiple tasks around the shop. If you are used to doing everything with a hand drill like I was you will be amazed by the precision and control of where you put holes. A+
Nice, solid, precise drill press. Well worth it. Easy to assemble and no adjustments necessary.
All the features and capacities of a floor model but at a bench top price and footprint! Everything was well machined and went together without any issues.
A nice addition would have been a storage slot for the chuck key.
The drill was received ahead of the estimated delivery date.
I highly recommend making or buying a drill press table top with a good fence.
This is a good heavy duty drill press. Very happy with it's performance
This drill press is very well build and was easy to assemble. The packaging was damaged during shipping and could have been a little more robust. The performance of the drill press so far has exceed my expectations.