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Worse than I ever imagined.
I got this to precisely drill a 14mm hole. It drilled a 14.something mm hole different in each direction.
A drill press is made for precision. This drill press shares nothing in common with the objective of a drill press.
Tensioning the belts is difficult by hand, you would need a pry bar to move the motor far away enough to get them tight enough.
The first time I started it up after running through all the setup instructions it vibrated like crazy, even through to the handles.
The second time I used it, the press fit chuck fell right off....There's no other way of making sure it stays attached either, other than pressing it on and hoping the "precision" machines parts hold it... Taking it back, this is an example of the worst quality things manufactured in china. Waste of an entire day.
Better than I hoped, but for light use only
I've had good and bad Ozito products before, some were bargains, and some junk. This time I got a good one, but I see some people weren't so lucky. For $115 I didn't expect much, all I wanted is for it to work as advertised with the spindle and table straight. Well, I've been lucky. Mine seems fine and I'm happy with it for the price.
It's a cheap, basic unit but it does actually work as I expected. The table is *almost* perfectly square front-to-back checked with a try square. I've set it left-to-right the same way, but the gauge is slightly ...out - ignore the readings and measure it yourself (the marks say about 1 or 2 degrees when my square says it's perfect). Everything works well, the spindle doesn't wobble and it runs smoothly and quietly. That said, it's lucky I only need light use out of it, for hobby work. If I was drilling metal using much force, I think the belts would slip, and it'd be hard to get them tight enough. There's no tensioning lever and the manual says to just push the motor back to tension the belts. But you have to insert some lever of your own to do so, and the motor support isn't solid enough to get much tension. So while it has a 500W motor powerful enough to drill big holes in tough material, I doubt you could exert enough pressure to do so. You'd have to use drilling fluid for metals, and don't push it too hard, be patient. That's what you get for buying *the cheapest* drill press available - don't expect miracles. But it's fine for some things. You have to make sure you mount the chuck correctly, it IS possible to make user error and cause it to wobble. If in doubt I suggest look up Youtube videos, but I followed the manual and was OK. If it's not straight, it will also vibrate and make more noise. Vibration will eventually cause more problems. However, I'm happy with it. The more expensive Ryobi is less powerful, has only 5 speeds and few more features (though I believe it has cast base and table where on this they're just pressed steel). But maybe better quality? This Ozito is basic, but so are many others that cost a lot more.
Decent for the price
After reading endless negative reviews and what seems to be human error on how to install the chuck piece, causing a wobble. I decided give the Aussie brand a go on this 9 speed beast. I was pleasantly surprised once I put it together.. No wobble but there is a loudish operational noise from the spindle and the gears with slight vibration.. which softened more once I bolted it to my bench..it all works well for the price and the table is decent but you can always replace it.. the first thing I tried to drill was a stainless steel tbolt clamp. ...Did well with no slippage..just takes a while with the limited amount of force you can apply on the machine before it says no.. All in all great gear for diy and for the price .. if you don't like it take it back..
Ozito 350W drill press
Bought this drill press a while ago and only unboxed and assembled it last week to use for a small job. The spindle wobbles excessively and drilling is highly inaccurate. Had to finish the job with an electric hand drill. Put the inaccuracy down to exceptionally poor quality machined gearing. Highly disappointed and a total waste of my pensioner income
Purchased in June 2019 at Bunnings Te Rapa Hamilton for A$129.00.
1. The belt being used isn't even decent quality, looks like a 5 year old made it.
2. The work platform is flimsy and not flush.
3. It does not drill straight and wobbles excessively.
4. The whole build quality is poor and it can become a real WHS issue.
Ozito 500W 16mm Drill Press avoid at all cost
Like one other review on here I bought the Ozito 500W 16mm Drill Press as for $99 it seemed like good value and I had the same problem. I assembled it, even mounted it to a workbench, fitted a drill bit, got some aluminum (soft) and gave it a try, as I pushed the drill bit down and started to work the aluminum something gave way on the inside and the whole spindle shaft fell out when I let go of the handle! I am a dual trady, 20 years + as a boilermaker so know how to work with metals and machinery, I have never ever seen anything like this! I ...will return it to Bunnings tomorrow and hope for their sake they don't give me lip as some one will wear an Ozito drill press, yeah I am upset to say the least! How can they sell junk like this? I reside in the country so it's not like a 5 minute drive to return it, Bunnings going to pay for my fuel bill and wasting my time? Yeah pigs fly! Avoid this unit at all cost, others might have gotten one that worked, but if it failing from the get go it says something about their product.
Crap - broken shaft on first use
The first project I was using this for (building a stand for it to sit on!), and the shaft has sheared right off.
I was drilling through soft pine (19 mm), with a nearly new drill bit - so it wasn't exactly being pushed to it's limits. After about 5 or 6 holes, the shaft fell right out, and upon looking it appears to be sheared, so it can't be reattached.
I didn't think much could go wrong with a drill press - they're relatively simple tools. Unfortunately I was wrong! It's going straight back to Bunnings when they re-open tomorrow.
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Very cheap in comparison with competitors but lacking precision
Seemed a good idea at the time. BDP-500. Big 500W motor, 16mm chuck, solid feel, and this model offers 9 speeds. All for $99 at Bunnings. Didn't seem any different to numerous other similar Chinese produced products. Wanted something to help me drill more precise holes consistently, than I could do with my hand drill.
Only moderately happy with product though and considering returning. 1. Noisy, mostly from the drive belt and pulley cover making an annoying rattling rather than any deafening noise. 2. Vibrates and chuck wobbles more t...han expected despite careful set up. 3. MIddle set of pulleys, designed to give the 9 speeds is crooked, contributing to rattling and early belt wear. 4. Despite tightening belts (pushing motor back) as much as possible, often stops, even in a small hardwood piece, if using say 10mm drill or larger. Seems to be belt slip. 5. Workpiece table doesn't have a wind-up and down handle and track as in other bench drills. Frustrating to adjust the height, (which is done all the time), by unscrewing and sliding the collar up and down. 6. Workpiece table can be adjusted for sideways rotation, but mine is not level / perpendicular in the front to back axis. That can't be adjusted, so every hole is slightly oblique by a few mm. Aaargh! 7. Realize that changing speeds is not going to happen often due to fuss involved. Considering all the materials involved, and the nominal specs, just slightly better fabrication and assembly would make this a very good product and I would have happily paid twice the price. Am tempted by the Bosch benchtop electronic drill but thanks to Product Review can see that it is not as slick as it appears and doesn't have capacity to drill obliquely. Very frustrating trying to find an accurate quality drill press with all the imported similar products out there. Maybe I try finding an old fashioned mount for my hand drill! It was only $99 but the lack of precision doesn't offer much over a hand drill.
Great value for money
I am genuinely amazed that you can buy this drill press cheaper than a hand drill! Picked mine up for $100aud from Bunnings, it's not too heavy and is well balanced, set it up on the bench in my garage without fear of it falling. The spring loaded turnstyle pushes the drill bit down smoothly and accurately. I would recommend buying a small vice to secure whatever you're drilling - It bolts directly onto the platform.
Great so far
For $139, one should not expect much from a drill press. But setting it up was good; its like they build it down to a price but still try hard.
The five gears are beautifully machined from aluminium. There is a safety switch that stops the drill if the top is opened.
I installed a 16mm drill bit with a twist about 10 cm long to set the drill up. Out of the box, the material rest was about 0.5 mm out at the top of the drill to the bottom, left to right. I loosened and tightened a bolt to put it straight. Tightening the bold caused no shi...ft of the angle of the material rest. Which is better than I expected. Front-to-back was fine, and could not be adjusted. Out of the box, there was a run out, with just moving the drill bit by hand, of about 1mm. I tightened the adjustment screw that pushes on the outside of the cylinder that the cog runs on that lifts the drill up and down. I gently wrenched the drill up and down, and it started moving freely. The run out by hand dropped to zero. And the alignment of the drill did not change! Better than expected.
Questions & Answers
how much is it
Sorry mate they no longer make these ones.. the one I have now is $119 and has 9 speed gear system.
Its a very basic drill press and its has alot of play in its quil. what I did to fix this so there no speed wobble in both the quil and spindle is to drill two holes on the side of the sleeve of the quill. tap the holes I suggest 6 to 8 mm threads use a nut as the tighten the bolt in places and you're good as gold.
Just dont be fooled from the box the machine is a piece of junk but onces you do minor mods it handles very well. I have been using it to drill through stainless steel T bolts and rods.
Bunnings are selling them for $115 and still advertising them, I saw several of their stores still had stock as of 2 days ago. You get what you pay for, for such a cheap machine it does OK but if you want commercial grade you'll need spend several times more. The table, base and everything else is pressed steel where most have castings.
where to buy a "Housing Cap" for return spring . I have brought a new spring but i Can't find the housing cap i took off . I think i threw it away with the broken spring.
My machine is DP350 10" drill press.
My name is Sep Hines and i live at Narangba Brisbane qld Australia Phone 0417631330
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