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Item #: G7948
Model # G7948
Overview
When this drill press arrives at your door, you're gonna say "Holy Moley!". The MT #4 spindle taper, 1-1/2" HP motor and precision-ground T-slotted table will handle just about any drilling job. Includes built-in light (bulb not included).

Made in an ISO 9001 Factory

CSA certified meeting CSA C22.2 #71.2-10 and UL 987-8th Edition standards!

Specifications:

  • Motor: 1-1/2 HP, 120V/240V, single-phase, prewired 120V
  • Swing: 20"
  • Drill chuck: 3/64"–5/8"
  • Drilling capacity: 1-1/4" steel
  • Spindle taper: MT #4
  • Spindle travel: 4-3/4"
  • Spindle speeds: 12, from 180–3240 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: 317 lbs.
Reviews

51 Customer Reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars) : Sign in to write a review

Anonymous Reviewer
10/09/2019 2:07:11 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
07/25/2019 3:14:36 PM

Needed a much more accurate drill press with a large table. This was definitely the right choice. But it DOES take two people to assemble. Heavy, and parts fit perfectly. Only two comments, which are surprising for a machine of this quality and cost. First, there's no storage place for the chuck key. My old cheap drill press had a simple clip on the side. I really miss that, and will have to find a way to add something. Second is the depth stop. Pretty flimsy, requires two wrenches to set, and has only depth stops. Again, my old "cheap" press had a much more robust threaded column and the stop nuts were knurled so you didn't need tools to set, and there was a third nut you could use to keep the quill from retracting - very handy when setting the bit precisely before drilling, and for multi-step drilling where you don't want to change the table but will be progressively using larger, longer bits. Again, a magnificent machine, with these two "cheap" compromises that just shouldn't be on a machine at this level.

Richard B
Monster of a drill 07/17/2019 3:49:34 PM

I bought this to replace the only drill press I had access to (a 1/6 HP stand press; great machine, just not a lot of capacity). Boy am I happy about it! I converted it to 220v (which was very simple), and the thing is a beast. It all feels extremely sturdy, the motor is quiet, and the machine is taller than I am just sitting right on the concrete floor. It's so big, I am going to make a set of two stairs so I can reach into the top for belt changes. I can't imagine a home shop should ever need more drill than this. I would recommend it to anyone, and the price is just the cherry on top. I haven't found a better deal anywhere.

Anonymous Reviewer
Overkill, but sale price made it the right call 06/22/2019 7:36:35 PM

My 4th Grizzly product (table saw, dust collector, and jointer). Ive been using for a while now and I couldnt be happier. Its overkill for a home shop, but the sale price was so good, I couldnt pass it up. Its beefy and heavy, but my wife and I were able to put it together and stand it up. Its a a workhorse and Ive had no issues with Forster bits or anything else Ive thrown at it. This is my first drill press and I wish I had bought one sooner. I highly recommend. Every product Ive bought from Grizzly has exceeded my expectations.

Gordon D
Good heavy duty machine 05/19/2019 3:11:38 PM

I like this drill press. I've only had it for two months but it is built with the ruggedness of the other Grizzly heavy duty machines, The only complaint I have is the table is difficult to tilt. Grizzly needs to design a better locking mechanism.

Anonymous Reviewer
Very happy with purchase 05/19/2019 12:32:08 PM

I was intending on purchasing the 17 model and this one was on sale for less so I made the choice for it instead. Glad I did. The table is bigger to allow for bigger pieces to be stable. I use it primarily for woodwork and Im looking forward to getting attachments for it. The press runs very smooth and true. Should last me many years.

Robert N
Excellent Drill Press 05/18/2019 1:16:16 PM

Very nice piece of heavy duty equipment. Assembly way fairly easy and straight forward, although I did need a second person to help get the head on and get the unit upright. Everything about it is quality and well designed. The only strange thing was the housing for the pulley was bent and required a bit of reworking in order to get the hinges operational to open the cover. This had to happen before the unit was shipped. But all is well now and I love the new addition to the shop. Waiting for the Memorial Day Sale and hopefully pick up a new dust collector and table saw.

Now the part I don't like...UPS Freight Delivery. I get deliveries from other suppliers regularly that back tractor trailers into my driveway and unload. UPS will not back a trailer into my driveway (supposedly for insurance reasons, yeah right). I am forced go to the end of my driveway, back my pick up truck to the back of their trailer and they push off the equipment on to the back of my truck. And all this on a fairly traveled road.

I have built my entire wood shop around Grizzly equipment. I want to get a table saw that weighs 600 or so pounds. Grizzly needs to find a delivery company capable of unloading heavy equipment somewhere other than a commercial loading dock. And the $130 tailgate fee is a scam, pure profit for the shipper. This tailgate lift should be standard equipment on delivery vehicles. How can they charge for a tailgate lift fee when they are only pushing it off the back of their truck into mine, not lowering it to the ground, or for that matter, delivering the equipment to my shop door? Hopefully Grizzly can address this issue.

Anonymous Reviewer
A great drill press 03/08/2019 2:15:30 AM

Not used it a lot yet but what I have it works wonderful

Jerry B
01/19/2019 2:19:07 PM

In the last 2 years /my /company has purchased the following machines from Grizzly. 69860 Jointer, 60606X1 Table saw, 60608x Shaper, 60611X Dovetail machine, G7948 Drill Press, the G1140 Edge sander and the Go449 Double Drum sander. I am totally satisfied with your machines and it shows with the end results of my projects. My shop does high in Architectural Mill Work and we are AWI Certified Premium under the QC program. My list of future machines is not finished and I am happy to say you are doing an awesome job on finding the cutting edge within our industry
Respectively
Jerry
Managing Member
Quality Mill Work by Brownco, LLC

Anonymous Reviewer
Last press ill ever need to buy 12/29/2018 12:06:53 PM

Bought this a month ago, very easy setup (was able to do it alone but best use a buddy), 90 degree marker on table was truly 90 degrees, was able to drill perfectly intersecting holes through both sides of a 9 inch board using a 3/8 brad point bit with no noticeable lip and was then able to drive a 3/8 diameter x 5 long piece of steel bar stock easily through the 9 hole... that is to say the holes it drills are plum. Belt changing is easy. 4-1/2 quill travel is definitely very useful.

Anonymous Reviewer
12/28/2018 3:54:26 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
11/21/2018 6:04:43 PM

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Kent L
10/31/2018 9:12:13 PM

I bought this drill press a month ago and am very happy with it. I have had some cheaper models and nothing compares to the Grizzly. I use it in my wood shop and know that I'll have many happy years using it. Thank you for selling such quality products.

Anonymous Reviewer
Nice Drill Press! 10/26/2018 12:33:45 PM

We purchased this drill press several weeks ago. I have been impressed so far with the quality of this machine.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great product 09/19/2018 12:41:31 PM

Very satisfied, nice well built product works well. I recommend the stand as well very handy, makes it nice to move around.

James C
06/17/2018 10:45:14 AM

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harvey A
05/25/2018 1:18:01 AM

very good press, was easy to set up and was in use that day,thanks

Anonymous Reviewer
Very impressive machine 04/26/2018 11:53:06 AM

I have had this drill press for a month now and it is a great machine. By far and large the best buy for a machine of it's size.
You definitely need another person to put the head on the column though. It's heavy and solid.

Albert K
04/18/2018 11:53:22 AM

I upgrade from a 1940 model delta to G7948 12 Speed 20" Floor Drill Press. it was a grate choice. standard voltage is 110 VAC however it also can be wired for 220vac but the built in light can't be converted and therefore can't be used. both 110 and 220 prewired options need to be offered.

Mike M
04/02/2018 1:50:47 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
03/23/2018 11:10:28 AM

Our company purchase the G7948 model drill press a few years ago and have been very happy with it. This past winter we needed another drill press at a different shop so we purchased one exactly like what we already have, because of its outstanding reliability. After the owner saw the new purchase he said to order another for his shop.

Very Happy

William G
Great deal 02/27/2018 9:43:11 PM

Wad the best deal I could find ...nice dtill press

Anonymous Reviewer
02/26/2018 6:01:49 PM

I purchased this a month ago to use in my fabrication shop. I dont care for the plastic nut that holds the main pulley in place, I am having issues with it coming loose after use. I will be replacing it with a metal nut ASAP. The light on the press doesnt work even after a new switch assembly. For the price point it is a decent machine.

Raymond M
02/16/2018 6:23:36 AM

Sturdy drill press. Has the quality of a more expensive drill. Expect many years of use from this.

Marshall C
Amazing surprise for Christmas 01/12/2018 4:27:03 PM

We received the drill press very quickly, in great condition, and in time for his Christmas present. Although with this cold weather, we have not unpacked it yet. I'll update the review in a month or so.

Anonymous Reviewer
01/05/2018 6:27:53 PM

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Bob G
12/15/2017 10:50:48 AM

I have had my drill press about a month and have used it several times, never disappointing....I wanted more power and used it for a 4" forstner bit yesterday, it did not stutter....I am still adjusting to the increased power. I am well pleased.

Anonymous Reviewer
11/29/2017 11:30:50 AM

Outstanding value-has all the power I need to do the job

Michael H
Great Drill Press 11/02/2017 12:04:24 PM

Put this into our steel fabrication shop for misc. small drilling operations. So far it has performed well, it is a good value and we're very satisfied with our purchase.

Anonymous Reviewer
10/27/2017 6:07:26 AM

The belts are too tight so can't change speeds, and it would be nice if there was a clamp for the spindle.

Sam
Disappointed. 09/29/2017 10:29:34 AM

Belts are VERY hard to change. For the price, you should not have to be changing belts on spools. This is a pretty clunky machine.

Greg G
Nice and heavy 09/26/2017 12:50:40 PM

Everything came fine and it assembled without issue. There are two small items I would improve on this unit. One would be to include a chuck key with a longer handle. The chuck is pretty large but the chuck key has a short handle and would we benifit from a longer handle. The same goes for the belt tighening handle which I used a short piece of pipe to get better leverage to tighten the drive belts.

I also have an improvement idea. Epoxy a Neodymium magnet on the top of the check key. It will then stick to the cast side of the drill press head and always be handy.

Anonymous Reviewer
08/30/2017 6:14:35 PM

Good machine. It has plenty of power and a good variety of spindle speeds....

Jeremy W
07/17/2017 10:37:32 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Why did I wait so long? 07/03/2017 2:44:21 PM

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.

Andrew R
I love it 06/07/2017 6:28:02 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Good drill press 06/02/2017 2:57:31 PM

It is a good drill press but I wish I had bought a milling machine instead.

fred S
My second G7948 12 06/02/2017 2:58:14 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Good machine 06/02/2017 2:20:17 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/01/2017 9:35:09 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
05/25/2017 11:57:07 AM

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,

Anonymous Reviewer
One of the best Drill press's avaiable 05/19/2017 12:55:32 PM

I have two of these in my schools shop and the first one is still running strong after 20 years of student abuse.

keith
Nice drill press 01/26/2017 3:57:05 PM

Very heavily built good speed selection! Nice addition to my shop

eric M
great drill press 01/26/2017 3:35:41 PM

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.

Adam R
Great 01/26/2017 1:34:33 PM

The power of this is phenomenal I am truly satisfied w this machine does need a key holder built it

Phillip K
01/26/2017 1:04:09 PM

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Khris W
great buy 01/26/2017 12:42:37 AM

really like this unit, belts delivered with it are junk, guard went in the can immediately, but it is solid!

Anonymous Reviewer
I love my new Grizzly drill press 01/25/2017 3:14:52 PM

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).

Anonymous Reviewer
01/20/2017 2:29:24 PM

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emgee123
OK, with limitations 12/29/2015 6:14:55 PM

I have had this drill press for about 4 years and I have put it though its paces. Its OK, its powerful, but it has flaws and limitations. I bought it originally for its 4 ¾ 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.

B. Silhan
Customer Review 01/01/2015 5:21:15 PM

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!