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Pcmaker

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I have a 7x12 lathe and I just purchased a Precision Matthews PM-25V mill. I have an old Ryobi drill press that I'm contemplating of getting rid of. My "shop" is in my 2 car garage that has to share space with my car and other things, so I'm a bit short on space. I read that mills double has drill presses. If I get rid of my drill press, that'll give me some much needed extra space.
 

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I have a drill press right beside my mill..use press most of time but sometimes I want a "better" hole..so I use mill..I would keep press...
 

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I had a drill press, after I got a knee mill never used drill press, sold it.
 

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I don't use the DP much for drilling holes, but it normally has a countersink in the chuck, great for a quick deburr of holes. Have a foot switch on it. It sits right at the end of my lathe, just a couple of steps from the mill. The lathe and mill face each other with only 36 inches between the hand wheels. The DP sits in what would otherwise be wasted space in the 18 inches between the lathe and the door. Positioned so that a long bar in the lathe just clears the DP column.

If you can find the room, keep the DP :)
 

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I use one of my three drill presses more than I use my mill. Would never want to be without one. Not sure I'd say that about a Ryobi, though.
 

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I think a drill press has its place in a shop. nice for quick holes, counter sinking etc. and in my case more chuck to table space.
 

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I kept my drill press, for those situations where you have something setup on the Mill and before you can get to it, you need a hole drilled.
 

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Keep the drill press, many times you'll want a quick hole and tearing down the setup on the mill can't be done because the hole you're drilling Is so you can continue milling.
 

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Keep it. You won't be sorry.
 

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I kept my drill press, for those situations where you have something setup on the Mill and before you can get to it, you need a hole drilled.
Ditto.
 

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Keep the drill press, many times you'll want a quick hole and tearing down the setup on the mill can't be done because the hole you're drilling Is so you can continue milling.
Ditto.
 

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Like the others have said projects in the mill will affect this greatly. I have kept my drill press and it does get a lot of use. So I lean towards keeping it.
Have a good day
ray
 

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I have a 7x12 lathe and I just purchased a Precision Matthews PM-25V mill. I have an old Ryobi drill press that I'm contemplating of getting rid of. My "shop" is in my 2 car garage that has to share space with my car and other things, so I'm a bit short on space. I read that mills double has drill presses. If I get rid of my drill press, that'll give me some much needed extra space.
Today I have just Mill/Drill do to lack of space.
In past I 6 drill press with power feed
But had big shop and had employees.

Dave

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A good working drill press is worth is place in any workshop.
 

Charles Spencer

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Pack up the drill press and put it into storage. After a while you'll be able to answer the question yourself.
 

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keep it I use mine for quick job. I use the mill for bigger and more accurate holes.
Besides 2 weeks after you get rid of it you'll kick yourself in the ass
 

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^what aliva said, I have two and want another US one or two
 

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If I have a piece in the mill, I’d use it to drill a hole, but I’ve never purposely sought out the mill to drill a hole. But I also own big buck drill presses.
 

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A drill press is one of those basic machines that can be wanted and used in every hobby shop. But, I’m not sure about wanting to keep a “Ryobi” drill press, sorry…Dave
 

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You're not going to gain a lot of space getting rid of the small Ryobi DP... Keep it... you'll be glad you did... Bill W.
 

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Not sure how good the ryoby is but I would keep it. I have 2 drill presses and a mill, would not get rid of any unless I had to. Benchtop drill press can get down to 100rpm which is good enough for some big holes in steel and it works great. Floor drill press for softer stuff and wood. 4-1/2" travel and 16" swing. Both from the 40's. I would goto a drill press to drill before I went to the m,ill top drill.
 

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I'm with Schor , except for the mill, which is to be the next acquisition. I have two dp's ( HF and Crafrsman) and cannot seem to be able to get rid of either. Oh yeah , I bout forgot one. Here it is
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I have a Ryobi bench top DP that I use for general hole making on wood, cast iron and anything that makes a mess and does not require precision. I would never get rid of it.

Roy
 

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I have a mill and three drill presses, though only two are currently working. I also leave one with a countersink always in the chuck. The smaller bench top drill press, I use for quick one off holes and smaller sensitive work. Of course for drilling holes at precise locations nothing beats the mill.
 

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I also have a very small shop and I will never get rid of my DP. I can make holes on the edge of 4 feet long pc as per attached. I dont have amill but will never be able to to this work on one. DP is very versatile
 

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I gave away my DP & regret it the mill is more accurate but for quick holes the press is much faster.
 

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One more vote for keeping the DP. I have a mill/drill and 4 drill presses. I use all of them. And I ran out of space about 4 machines ago.
 

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This is gonna be tough. I've been trying to find space for my drill press all this time. My mill hasn't arrived and it's gonna go where my drill press is sitting on now.
 
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