Tool: Reliant DD55 12-speed Drill Press
Date of Service: 1997
- Capacity: 13″
- Chuck: 3/4″ (20mm)
- Manufacture Date: 1997
- 12 Speed
- 340 to 2,800 RPM
This week I’m using the drill press to set up adjustable shelving, pre-drilling cabinet sides before assembly. I’ve made a few jigs for the task over the years. I’d guess that’s my most common use for this press. Drilling long rows of holes to a certain depth – over and over. Which reminds me of the hundreds of 1/2″ mahogany plugs I made for a siding job with this press.
I bought the mortising attachment and some bits and tried that once. Yikes, I might as well chisel by hand. It seems best for softer wood since it’s a fairly manual operation and this Reliant doesn’t like to be pulled on hard. The mortising assembly and the bits are collecting dust.
The Delta Sanding Drum Kit has come in handy and creates one of the few times I actually change speeds on this thing.
I had to set this Drill Press on rollers so I could move it around to accommodate longer boards. In 12 years, I rarely change speeds. Changing the drill speed is a manual operation. Open the lid, crank a lever loosening the pulleys, read the chart to figure out where the belts go on then close it back up.
If you don’t have to leave one or two crank handles off they’ll vibrate loose and fall out anyway.
Overall this has a small motor, low-quality fit and finish and a few issues. I think that’s goes with, you get what you pay for – but.. It’s 12 years old. It works for my purposes.. except when things get heavy-duty, then it’s better left for drilling 17/64″ holes down a face of birch ply.
Here are a few different drill presses at Amazon.com
Grizzly G7944 12 Speed Heavy-Duty 14″ Floor Drill Press
DELTA 17-950L 16.5-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press
DELTA DP300L 12-Inch TwinLaser Crosshair Drill Press