JET JDP-15M Review

Introduction

The JET 3/4-HP bench drill is a sturdy bench drill suitable for all drilling requirements within a medium-sized workshop. It is an easy to use machine that combines prominent features to produce satisfactory results. Whether you are a new bench drill user or you would like to upgrade from your existing machine, the JET 3/4 HP bench drill will be the perfect choice. The machine is recommendable to anyone looking for a reliable drill that runs smoothly.

Pros

1) Stability

Heavy could sound repelling especially if you like working from different sites in your workshop, but if you care about stability then the JET 3/4-HP bench drill is your choice machine. A well machined base and strong column provide sufficient stability while drilling. Additionally, initial installation with the parts disassembled is easy and can be carried out by a single person.

2) High Precision 

The JET 3/4-HP bench drill provides a high degree of accuracy. However, you should be careful to fix the chunk and spindle well during assembly to avoid misalignment with the work. Its adjustable work-table is relatively bigger than most in the market which increases its work-handling capabilities. Moreover, the work-table crank provides sufficient grip thus increasing accuracy during the machining process.

3) Work-Light 

Unlike most bench drill models, the JET 3/4-HP bench drill is built-in with a work-light conveniently located within the drill head. Although a bulb is not included in the shipping package, the work light accommodates standard bulbs. This feature creates convenience of operation as you can clearly see the back side of the work. The work-light is operated from an easily accessible switch located at the drill head.

Features and Specifications

Relatively heavy, weighing 163 pounds (73.936 kg). The base is heavy enough and provides adequate stability during operation.

The drill press is medium sized as it measures 31 inches ( 2.583 feet) in length, 13 inches (1.083 feet) in width and 39.5 inches (3.292 feet) in height.

The JET drill press is bench mountable and can be moved around with a little effort if necessary.

The machine can be run in 16 different speeds with a minimum of 200 rpm and a maximum speed of 3,630 rpm.

The JET 354165 bench has a power output of 0.75 horsepower (559.5 watts). Its motor can be operated from a 115V or 230V power source.

A built-in work-light that accommodates standard bulbs illuminates the backside of the work. Included in the package is a 5/8 drill chunk and a key.

A rotatable work-table measuring 10 inches by 13 inches can be bent to 45 degrees. The work table is operated through a crank.

Its spindle can swing up to 15 inches (1.25 feet) and is controlled by an adjustable tension return spring.

Cons

You have to change the speed of the bench drill manually as the motor is not of variable-speed type. Speed is adjusted by moving the belt to different grooves within the drill head.

The drill is a bit tall (3.3 feet), so you may need to mount it at a lower elevation for easy operation.

Before installation, you might have to do filing on the machined parts like the base to remove any sharp spikes.

Customer Reviews of the Product

The JET 3/4-HP bench drill is a powerful machine that gives users an experience of its kind. Most people who reviewed the product described it as an easy to install machine with excellent operating features. The work-light was the delight of most of the users.

There were 32 customer reviews by the time I reviewed the JET 3/4-HP bench drill and the item had an overall rating of four out of five stars. Generally, the reviewers were affirmative of the drill’s features except a few shortcomings cited. One user was worried of a naked power cable passing under the pulley housing.

Since only this user experienced a problem with the unsheathed power cable, the problem is not prevalent and could have been an isolated case. The hitch can, however, be addressed by passing the power cable through an unused opening located a bit further from the pulley assembly.

Conclusion

This bench drill is a resilient machine that handles both light-weight and heavy-weight machining with perfection. It is reliable for all drilling works within a medium workshop. I recommend the JET 3/4-HP bench drill to anyone in search of a sturdy and powerful bench drill.

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