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  • New Drill Press

    Hi everyone,
    We had a grand opening at a new Harbor Freight over the weekend and my brother-in-law wanted to check it out. Now I don't buy much from Habor Freight but I did pick up a couple of things. I did notice a drill press that I was impressed with. (30055-3VGA) They call it their production model. It's made by Central Machinery. It looked pretty heavy duty. Have any of you guys used one of these? Are they any good?
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  • #2
    Mine is the 8" press (table top) and I love it. For the money you really can't go wrong with them. A race shop I worked at in Bakersfield, CA had the big industrial one and we never had a problem. You get way more out of the machine than they cost to replace. A few guys here shop at HF for lots of stuff. I picked up many air tools, 90 degree magnets, brushes, etc.
    MM210 w/3035
    Next up - Sync 200


    • #3
      The cost if it fails is deeply dependant on how long it lives. I believe it will perform as expected.

      Work it, till it doesn't anymore!


      • #4
        I have a drill press that I would consider similar in quality to what is available at HF. I have found mine to be well worth the money spent. The only problem I have had is that the belt tension is hard to adjust and sometimes the belts slip with continuous heavy use. I have used it for years and find it handy for most general hole drilling.