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I knew a guy who had one of Ryobi’s special woodworking drill presses — known as the WDP1850 “Wood Drilling System” — back in the day, and I can’t help but wonder why Ryobi stopped manufacturing it.  With a “VersaTable” base that tilted for angled work and an accurately-marked fence, this was a true woodworking drill press as opposed to a re-purposed metal drill.

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But it’s gone.  Amazon lists it but no sellers offer it.  Ryobi doesn’t mention it on their product page.  I even struck out checking eBay for one.  Maybe I’ll give Craigslist a look next.  It seems to me that this would fly off the shelves at Home Depot if it was priced halfway reasonably.

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If you run across one, drop a comment.  If I’ve got the cash, I’ll jump on it, or if I’m too slow, I’m sure one of our readers would be interested.  And if you owned one of these, I’d love to hear your comments about it, too.

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26 Responses to Why Doesn’t Ryobi Still Make The Wood Drilling System?

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    It does look like an interesting system. I’m wondering if they couldn’t bring it down to a more reasonable $200ish price. Popular Mechinics didn’t care for it too much: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-18388406.html

    • Leon Greenberg says:

      It was originally made for The Home Depot who rejected it because the selling price in their view would not work as geing to high.

      Ryobi as a result destroyed all tooling. This item was made in Taiwan by a very reputable factory.

  2. Eric says:

    I’ve had a standing search on eBay for three or four years now for one of these and I have had a single hit the entire time.

  3. Eric says:

    … I haven’t had a single hit, I mean.

  4. Bill says:

    Hello, For all of you drooling woodworkers LOL, I have a WDP1850. I purchased mine new from Tool Crib Last century(1999). It is still going strong but in stock form has a few short commings. 1.) The versa table, even though it was a excellent idea there is a lot of flex in the tabletop, believe it or not Ryobi did offer a Mortising set for this tool. 2.) The built in hold down tends to slip and not hold adjustment. 3.) The top crank to adjust the speed should have been made of metal instead of plastic, mine hasn’t broke or given me a problem, but for what I paid new for this puppy they could’ve put a better handle on it. Now with my venting out of the way, The drill press is still an excellent tool. I’ve attempted to upgrade the table over the years to prevent flex but it still exists. I will be building a new table myself to prevent the flexing. The speeds change smoothly with the turn of a crank and can be adjusted anywhere between 500 rpm and 3000 rpm. I’ve considered selling it on a couple of occasions , but I could never find a replacement like it. If you want to know more contact me. Also, I haven’t seen any other ones other than mine, it makes a great conversation piece when others see it. Bill

    • Leon Greenberg says:

      Bill
      It is a few years up the road however, better late tha never. Do you still have the Ryobi 1850 Wood Drill Press?

      Thanks in advance for your attention and expedient reply.

      347-224-2799

  5. John Lindbloom says:

    Eric and guys, I have one in excellent shape, I haven’t used it much in my basement workshop. Send me an email with an offer and I’ll consider selling it. I live in Kansas City for pickup or could ship it UPS. I’m at JOHNL10351@aol.com
    John

  6. Richard T says:

    I purchase a New Ryobi WDP1850 and stand in 1999 for $400.79.
    Any one interested in buying it. Columbus,OH

  7. Phil T says:

    Richard T, do you still have the Ryobi WDP1850? If yes, please let me know. You can contact me at phil (at) cgallery (dot) com.

  8. Dave says:

    Richard,
    Shoot me a email if you still have the Drill Press. I live in Michigan.
    Email me at dhart1972@gmail.com
    Thanks,
    Dave

  9. John H says:

    I have a WDP1850 in great shape versa table. I’m in NJ if anyone is interested jehawthorn@msn.com

  10. Michael Dirr says:

    I know there has been a lot of interest in this style of drill press, it does have multiple features and is very handy in a small shop…if interested mddirr@sbcglobal.net
    Located in Indianapolis

  11. Brad says:

    I have a WDP1850 and I wouldn’t give it up! Quiet & smooth running, easy to adjust speed, plenty of power. I’ve had it in my small shop since I purchased new around 15 years ago. No problems. The table does have some flex as mentioned above, but it really doesn’t cause me any issues. I found this post as I was looking to find another one for my father. Doesn’t look like that is going to happen. I love my dad, but he isn’t getting mine! I wish I would have purchase the mortising set when it was available.

  12. Mark Petersen says:

    I’ve had one since 1999 or so. Used it on wood and metal for small size drills. Wouldn’t sell it period. Yes it has a few faults but far less than any other bench top drill press I have ever seen meant for home use. I am actually planning on building an x-y co-ordinate positioning table for mine as my interests lay more in the home machinist area

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  14. Curtis says:

    i found one of these WDP1850 drill presses on Craigslist for $200, had to drive to Missouri to get it (3 hours from me) but it was in perfect condition. Guy said he bought it new, came with metal stand and original user manual. Can’t complain about anything yet, looks like this will be passed down to my grandson so he can enjoy building projects for many years to come. Guess I got lucky on the find!

    • Warren says:

      Curtis:
      I recently bought a used Ryobi WDP 1850sans the User Manual. I am winding if you would be willing to provide me with a copy of your User Manual, for a price of course. Thanx, Warren

  15. Matt says:

    I also found one in atlanta on craigslist for $100. So far there have been 3 problems:
    – rust (easy with soaking in vinegar, then wire wheel brush with light oil);
    – chuck and taper were both gouged (filed off gouge on taper, light sanding with oil and 1200 grit paper. Replaced chuck)
    – Raise/lower mechanism was broken (PITA to fix… turns out the pinion gear teeth had 2 broken and one folded over)

    Main reason I am writing here is to provide all the pertinent information I have found. First, sears parts 089140301117[worm gear] and 089140301135[pinion gear] are direct replacements for this drill press. Unfortunately I do not remember what model drill press I originally found them on, but I believe it was a 10 inch craftsman model. The corresponding gear rack is 089140301091, and is much shorter than the stock rack but will do with careful setup (and still allow the drill to be able to reach the base with a 1/32″ bit in the fully extended quill while having the rack very near the top of the column for high clearance items). Lastly I will say that the taper is a jacobs 33, and there are some great reviews for a $25 south bend lathe replacement keyed-chuck. I personally bought the south bend keyless for $65, and if I remember will update/respond to this post.

    As a final note, I can not find a pdf of the manual online, so if someone who has it could scan and upload then the internet woodworking community might be ever grateful.

    Hope all this info helps the next person!

    • Matt says:

      Update: forgot to add that the ‘axle’ for the pinion gear is exaclty .375″, which is 3/8″. I found that a 3/8″ bolt that has a flat spot for the gear to ride does a perfectly acceptable job. Don’t ask why I know this, lets just say WD-40 wasn’t enough… Had to use a drill.

  16. Bob H says:

    Hi Matt … I also saw that on Atlanta Craigslist … and nice to know that it found a good home — and from the picture, is was in pretty bad shape … and missing the adjustable table.

    I picked one up about 9 months ago that was in perfect shape — stand, adjustable table, and manual … I am in Buford, and work in Atlanta, so it may be possible to get you a copy of the manual.

    I also picked up a PC laser and mounted it on the DP. It is on the drillpress head, not the shaft, so the adjustment of the head up and down is not affected. There are pictures of it on the Woodworking forum site — Tools section.

  17. Mark Miller says:

    I am looking for this item, if you have one and are within 300 miles of Louisville Ky, hit me up. Mark@mymanmark.com

  18. Ed McCullough says:

    What size light bulb does a Ryobi 1850 wood drilling system take. My press still runs great,but needs a new bulb.

  19. Warren says:

    I am in need of a copy of the Ryobi WDP 1850 User Manual. If anyone is able to either scan or xerox a copy of this elusive item (for a price of course) please advise. Thanx

  20. Dave says:

    Anyone selling a Ryobi DP1850 shoot me an email. I am looking for one.
    Thanks

  21. Dave says:

    I am looking for a Ryobi DP1850 if anyone has one, shoot me a email at dhart1972@hotmail.com

  22. Olivia Dorsey says:

    I have a 1995 ryobi 18.5in wood drilling system with variable speeds(500-3000 rpm) and Versa Table brand new still in the box with the plastic around the box. Also along with it is the stand also brand new in the box. I’m looking to sell them together make reasonable offer. I can’t seem to find not one thing about it. It’s been stored away for 23 years but still brand new. If interested in this rare tool please shoot a comment

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