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Offline TrackTubeGuy

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Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« on: January 01, 2017, 07:40 AM »
Just thought I'd let any members looking for a new drill press that Home Depot has the Delta 18-900L on sale a few more days for only 875 bucks.  That's a great deal for a drill press that has real good reviews.  I was looking to buy a Powermatic or Jet, but then came across this deal, so made the purchase.  And for the record, I'm not associated with Delta in any way .. just a deal searcher like most of us, so thought I'd pass it on.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-18-in-Laser-Drill-Press-18-900L/203293723?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CTHD%7CG%7C0%7CG-BASE-PLA-D25T-PowerTools%7C&gclid=Cj0KEQiA7qLDBRD9xJ7PscDCu5IBEiQAqo3BxNtyjPp-cTrpcTZNS1O42JrnzUmoJMMEMEw2tSMV4c0aAgMw8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Offline RKA

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 08:56 AM »
Acmetools has a slight better deal today/tomorrow only.  $900 less 17% (promo code on their site), plus $50 shipping (no tax for most). Net is about $800.

Home Depot nets about $1k with shipping and tax.



« Last Edit: January 01, 2017, 07:29 PM by RKA »
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Offline TrackTubeGuy

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 09:17 AM »
Thanks for the info., but already ordered so I'll stick with it.  But what a deal for anyone else considering this DP.  I got free shipping to local HD a couple miles away, but had to pay local tax, so net to me will be about $929. 

Offline Huxleywood

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 05:51 PM »
While I prefer the more expensive PM2800 and the Nova Voyager the 18-900L is a good wood drill press, the only question one must answer is how comfortable they feel with Delta's parts availability issue in the future.

Offline J0hn

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 08:39 PM »
This is a great drill press.  As I recall, Fine Woodworking did a review and this one came out on top.

I bought one from Home Depot in the Fall of 2015 when it went on sale ($230 off so it was $776 plus tax, free shipping).  The "upper pulley cover" was slightly damaged in shipping but a quick phone call and I had a replacement in my hands in less that a week

First thing I did after getting it set up was to check the run out.  Again I called Delta, and spoke to a tech who gave me the spec on how to measure it: "at the spindle, 2" down from the top of the stroke".  With my Betterly unagauge, the needle barely moved - .0002
« Last Edit: January 01, 2017, 08:41 PM by J0hn »

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 08:52 PM »
Very Nice. Looks very similar to my 20" Delta that they stopped making about 8 yrs or so ago.
Mine has the Variable Speed Reeves drive, so speed changes are a breeze.
I haven't had a single thing go wrong with mine, so I would hope that build quality extends to the one you bought. Enjoy it.. [thumbs up]
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Offline Rollin22Petes

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 10:02 PM »
I strongly looked at getting one but in my opinion Delta is just not the company they once were. Which is really a shame at one time they had a huge presence in the woodworking industry.

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2017, 02:56 AM »
Got my 18-900L from AcmeTools about two years ago using one of their 20% off coupons. Awesome deal and has been an equally awesome drill press!
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Offline J0hn

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2017, 12:54 AM »
Delta - Delta 18-900L Drill Press
Delta drill press takes Best Overall in 2015 tool test


http://www.finewoodworking.com/2015/07/29/18-900l-drill-press

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 08:46 AM »
I strongly looked at getting one but in my opinion Delta is just not the company they once were. Which is really a shame at one time they had a huge presence in the woodworking industry.
  I agree that they confuse the heck out of me for the way the company is being promoted these days compared to what they once were.  Their line is so tiny as well.  It seems like they are okay with that though...... [blink]
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2017, 10:12 AM »
Looks very similar to my 20" Delta that they stopped making about 8 yrs or so ago.
Mine has the Variable Speed Reeves drive, so speed changes are a breeze.

Hey @leakyroof ...just curious what model Delta you have?

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2017, 01:06 PM »
Looks very similar to my 20" Delta that they stopped making about 8 yrs or so ago.
Mine has the Variable Speed Reeves drive, so speed changes are a breeze.

Hey @leakyroof ...just curious what model Delta you have?
. I'm at work, so of course I can't remember exactly.... [embarassed]
I want to say 20-950... [embarassed]
Will confirm that once I get home tonight.
  Update:  I looked up that model number, it DOES look like mine, and IS discontinued, so that's probably my 20" Delta.    [scratch chin]
« Last Edit: January 03, 2017, 01:44 PM by leakyroof »
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2017, 09:54 PM »
I am waiting to see the new Nova DVR Drill Press.

I have the Nova DVR Lathe and its very nice.
Direct drive, no belts, and infinitely variable speed with reverse.

If I don't get the Nova DP I will go for the Powermatic.
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Offline ben_r_

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2017, 10:07 PM »

Delta - Delta 18-900L Drill Press
Delta drill press takes Best Overall in 2015 tool test




http://www.finewoodworking.com/2015/07/29/18-900l-drill-press
Best overall again in 2017 too.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2017, 05:04 AM »
Did they test against the PM2800b or the Nova Voyager DVR DP ?

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/10/24/pm2800b-drill-press

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/11/02/nova-voyager-dvr-drillpress

The Nova has features you can't get on another DP at any price:
-Max RPM = 5500
-6" quill travel like the Delta and the PM2800b
-Zero to workpiece and controlled stop at fixed depth
« Last Edit: February 02, 2017, 05:08 AM by Bob D. »
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2017, 09:59 AM »
Did they test against the PM2800b or the Nova Voyager DVR DP ?

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/10/24/pm2800b-drill-press

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/11/02/nova-voyager-dvr-drillpress

The Nova has features you can't get on another DP at any price:
-Max RPM = 5500
-6" quill travel like the Delta and the PM2800b
-Zero to workpiece and controlled stop at fixed depth
  While I don't need the Zero-out depth setting of the Nova, that IS a really cool and useful feature for someone that does need a more exact depth stop method than the traditional side locking depth rod.  Production work alone in a small shop could benefit from that if your tolerance levels run that tight.
 Very interesting Drill Press.. [thumbs up]
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2017, 06:52 PM »
It's strange they didn't include the PM2800b in the testing, as they had looked at it two years before that 2015 showdown.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/10/24/pm2800b-drill-press

And they said:

"Drill Press has Every Feature a Woodworker Wants"
"The Powermatic has the best task lighting I’ve seen on any drill press. "
"Another bright point is the laser guides for locating a bit on the workpiece. "
"The 5⁄8-in. chuck is high quality with virtually no runout. "
"Speed changes are a breeze, with no belt changes needed. You just crank
a handwheel to go from 250 to 3,000 rpm. A prominent LED readout on the
front announces the setting."

I guess they were afraid it would outclass the rest of the field. Either that or
they excluded it because it cost more than the others. I don't think it's that
much more that it should be eliminated for that reason alone, and I don't
know that it was, just saying it's a possibility. The author had a couple personal
dislikes and I actually agree with him. I too prefer a keyed chuck and I would like
an easier to adjust table than the method used on the PM Drill Press. I like the
Delta table adjustment and if I could put that on the PM machine and then swap
out the chuck for a quality keyed chuck I don't think there would be a DP that
could touch it, except for the Nova DVR DP, but it has shortcomings in the table
and chuck too.
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2017, 07:27 PM »
It's weird how tools get left out of reviews even though they're current and well thought out... [blink]. I also agree that sometimes a price point gets established that an author fails to mention is a defining factor during the review article... [mad]
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Offline antss

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2017, 01:06 PM »
My opinion is these things tend to me more of an advertorial than they are a "testing". 

Reminds me of a vac test they did years ago when the "cough" author/tester/salesman decided it would be best to not use a bag and then took marks off for poor performance after he'd just ruined the $100 HEPA filter in some of them.

Offline Huxleywood

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2017, 07:37 PM »


Reminds me of a vac test they did years ago when the "cough" author/tester/salesman decided it would be best to not use a bag and then took marks off for poor performance after he'd just ruined the $100 HEPA filter in some of them.

To be fair the author did not downrate the vacs on that issue nor did he suggest using the vacs in that manner, he tested them that way since many vacs are used that way despite manufacturer's (and common sense) suggested usage. 

Offline hotwire73

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2017, 09:46 PM »
Not sure where those specs above came from, but the 2800b does not go under 400 rpm.  I know few people that own the unit, and while it is very nice unquestionable, Im personally looking for the delta 18-900 if anyone sees a really good deal again.  Main reason is delta I believe can go down to 170, this allows to do metal work as well.
I had to reaffirm, the owners manual does state it goes down to 250, I just know Ive seen alot of issues getting under 400, and people use tachometers where showing little higher than stated.  Anyway If there is any super sales going on like those 20% off either one, by all means post it, thanks in advance.
Currently Deltas are 999 across the board, I can get my 10% military at best so far at Lowes, not seeing the 2800b give anywhere under the 1399.00.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2017, 10:00 PM by hotwire73 »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2017, 10:02 PM »
Not sure where those specs above came from, but the 2800b does not go under 400 rpm.  I know few people that own the unit, and while it is very nice unquestionable, Im personally looking for the delta 18-900 if anyone sees a really good deal again.  Main reason is delta I believe can go down to 170, this allows to do metal work as well.

Are you are referring to the quote I made from Fine Woodworking's review of the PM2800b?

"Speed changes are a breeze, with no belt changes needed. You just crank a handwheel to go from 250 to 3,000 rpm"

But in the manual on page 6 for the PM2800b which is available on their website it also says 250 to 3000 RPM. I tend to believe they know what speeds their tool can go operate at.
http://content.powermatic.com/assets/manuals/1792800B_man_EN.pdf
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Delta 18-900L drill press on sale
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2017, 11:45 PM »
Not sure where those specs above came from, but the 2800b does not go under 400 rpm.  I know few people that own the unit, and while it is very nice unquestionable, Im personally looking for the delta 18-900 if anyone sees a really good deal again.  Main reason is delta I believe can go down to 170, this allows to do metal work as well.
I had to reaffirm, the owners manual does state it goes down to 250, I just know Ive seen alot of issues getting under 400, and people use tachometers where showing little higher than stated.  Anyway If there is any super sales going on like those 20% off either one, by all means post it, thanks in advance.
Currently Deltas are 999 across the board, I can get my 10% military at best so far at Lowes, not seeing the 2800b give anywhere under the 1399.00.
. What Metal Working are you thinking of with drill presses like these?
Light drilling is all I would rate them capable of. 
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