Powermatic - 18" Drill Press, Model PM2800B
The PM2800B with 5/8" Keyed Chuck brings simplicity to your shop. An ease of use that is truly unique. A level of mechanical elegance that you'll only find in a Powermatic. As with every product...
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• Mechanical variable speed allows for full range of speed with no belt changes
• 6" of quill travel with one revolution of the handle
• Fence system adjustable for a perfect 90 degree relationship to the table, for rapid alignment of stock
• Adjustable material stop makes repetitive actions accurate and quick
• A digital RPM readout allows user to optimize the spindle speed to the application
• Laser guides provide an accurate indication for tool point
• 5/8" Keyed Chuck
• Reversible handles can be mounted on either side of the machine for more comfortable working of the quill
• Two independent LED worklights eliminates shadows
• Work table can be rotated to a full 90 degree position
• Replaceable square table insert with leveling screws make it flush with the top of the table
• Oversize cast iron base for added stability
• Safety key prevents accidental starting
Motor: 1HP, 1Ph, 115/230V, Prewired 115V, 15/7.5 Amps
Base Size: 13-3/8” x 20”
Chuck Distance to Base: 43-13/32”
Chuck Distance to Table: 24-1/2”
Chuck Size: 5/8”
Column Diameter: 3-1/8”
Drilling Capacity: 5/8”
Fence Size (L x H): 19-13/16” x 2-11/16”
Number of Spindle Speeds : Variable
Spindle Distance to Base: 46-1/4”
Spindle Distance to Table (Max.): 27-3/8”
Spindle Speed Range (RPM) : 250-3000
Spindle Taper : MT-2/JT-3
Spindle Travel: 6”
Table Size (L x W): 20” x 14”
Table Tilt (Deg.) : 0 to 90
Net Weight: 266 lbs
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Powermatic PM2800B variable speed floor drill press
I had planned on upgrading my standing drill press and was set on buying a direct drive model available from another manufacturer. After reading some reviews, particularly some of the reported issues with software upgrades, I broadened my search. Probably a reflection of my age and disposition. I am annoyed at my computer and phone constantly needing to be updated, I didn’t want to deal with this for my shop tools. A key feature I was looking for was a model that made changing speed easy. The inexpensive model that I have had for 20 years had pulleys where you adjust the belts to get the desired speed. I would usually not bother and would leave it at 900 RPM since this covers the most common speed for drilling wood. I have a variety of bits sizes and types and was not really getting the best out of them. I found the PM2800B was offered with a variable speed that is adjusted by a simple external handwheel. I spent a lot of time digging through reviews and had a few concerns with this model also. I had to go look at one in a store before deciding. I ended up ordering this model and here are some thoughts after assembling and using for a brief period of time. Every review tells you to have 2 people to put the head on this unit, they are right. With the variable speed transmission, this is a beast. Weight of the entire press is 260# and at least half has to be in the head unit. My oldest son and I along with my wife were able to get it installed. The biggest issue is finding a good way to raise it to the top of the post while balancing the awkward heavy unit. If you can lick this, the rest can be done by a single individual. I had also read of having difficulty with installing the table, it weighs a good 30-40# and the manual directs you to put the rack inside the collar attached to the table then put all this combined assembly over the top of the post. I found if you remove the table from the collar (single bolt), it is much more manageable. If you have a second set of hands, you don’t need to remove the table. When assembling with one person I found myself one hand short when attempting to hold the rack against the spur gear inside the collar while balancing the table and installing over the top of the post. When you start the drill, it was set at 3000 RPM which is the top end of the speed range. I have seen comments about this press being loud, I would attribute this to the variable speed transmission on this unit. It is still one of the quietest power tools in my shop. It is rated at 1 HP, 15 Amps at 120V which is twice what my previous press was rated for (which is interesting since it claimed to be a 3/4 HP press:)) The light that comes with this press is fantastic. I will be disappointed with anything less going forward. The depth stop works well for me. Looking at some of the reviews, others had issues. I felt this is one of the most important features of a drill press and it would be a show stopper for me if it didn’t work. . I looked at one at a Woodcraft Store and found it to be readily adjustable and can be finely adjusted to make small changes in depth. The table is solid and adjusts up and down very easily. The center opening on the table arrived with a square MDF or Plywood spacer about 5/8” thick and 3 11/16” square. I immediately replaced this with a scrap ¾” cherry block (just because and yes it will probably have to be trimmed based on swelling with humidity but I could and it looks good). The fence is solid and easily adjustable. The stop on the fence looks good, but the design has you lift the stop to slide it and locks in place when you lower it. This makes precise adjustment of the stop a multi-step process. I have a Kreg stop on my miter saw extension which works much more effectively and fits the T-slot of this fence also. I imagine there are several T-slot stops available that would also work with the fence. I will be upgrading. The laser center locator is a gimmick, not sure why you need one, however, it is kinda cool and you are buying a high end consumer model, so…. The speed adjusts very easily using the side mounted wheel. The speed is shown on the front of the unit on a digital display that is easy to read. The one goofy thing is the speed indicator and power available light inside the on/off switch are always lit if the unit is plugged in. I will probably be leaving this unplugged unless it is in use. I had also heard some negative about the chuck. I believe the earlier versions had a keyless chuck, the unit I had was a keyed chuck. After installing per the instructions and running a forstner bit through some wood, the chuck fell off the spindle. I reinstalled and used a block of wood with a larger hammer. I have since used larger bits with no issues. Once assembled, the unit could be fairly easily walked to the location where I keep the drill press. It is very stable which will allow me to use it when working with longer heavier boards. If I find myself moving it routinely, I will likely get a mobile base even though the manual does not recommend this. There are some wide low profile bases that should allow this to be moved to more open area where an auxiliary support could be used. My wife asked me how I liked my new drill press after setting it up and using it for a period of time. I told her that I liked it at least 7.5 times better than my previous model. She just smiled. Important to recognize the right answer when asked. Always thankful she puts up with me. This drill press will meet my current and any future needs readily. Would definitely recommend it if you are shopping in this neighborhood.
Very Very heavy
Part of the instructions do not tell you to remove column ring, then slide table over column and replace ring which take about three people.Also that the drill press head can not be lifted to fit over the column, it must be put on by laying the column on its side and placed in hole after set srews are unlossened, and three or four people to lift it, very very heavy.