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I’ve only seen a few radial-head drill presses, but most of the ones I’ve seen rotate around an axis running directly through the center of the head.  This radial press from Grizzly caught my eye because it rotates around a lower axis.  In fact, you can also control the distance between the chuck and the axis.

It’s a 1 HP 110V benchtop model, and the head tilts a full 45-degrees left and right from vertical.  The head can also swivel 360-degrees, and a second “swivel post” allows you to rotate the chuck in close to the post if necessary.  These three adjustments work together to provide a pretty serious range of movement.

Besides the unique head, it’s a standard small drill press with twelve speed ranging from 200 to 3,000 RPM, and accepts an MT #3 spindle taper and a standard 5/8″ chuck.  The spindle travels 3-1/4″.

Grizzly asks $545 for it, but beware that shipping can run pretty high — as in over $100.  It’s also available via Amazon, so maybe there are deals to be had shipping-wise.

Radial Drill Press [Grizzly]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]

 

2 Responses to A Radial Drill Press With Serious Freedom Of Movement

  1. l_bilyk says:

    May not be as good as conventional radial arm presses if you don’t have a long drill bit but need to drill a wide panel, for example

  2. Nick Carter says:

    A friend has one of these:
    http://www.surplusmachinetool.com/images/Walker-Turner%20radial%20drill-1.jpg

    Really cool, and much more capable. Unfortunately you have to find one used, and because they are so well made they still command a high price…

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