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Review: Delta18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press


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On September 3, 2015
Last modified:September 3, 2015

Summary:

Nearly a household name in the United States, Delta Power Equipment Corporation has more then 90 years of proud history serving its clients with only the best woodworking equipment.  Beginning in 1915, it was not until 1965 that Delta released its first motorized miter saw, ushering in a new age of motorized woodworking tools.  Expanding to electric table saws, band saws, radial arm saws, scroll saws, drilling machines, jointers, planers, motisers, lathes, and grinders, Delta is constantly releasing new products under their trademark brand.  While the owners of Delta may have changed several times since its 1915 beginnings, the quality has remained high and a standard ever attempting excellence.  As the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press is the next in a long line of machines, will it stand up to the competition through drill press reviews?
Delta 18-900L review
Delta 18-900L drill press

The Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

Manufactured in Anderson, SC, the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press looks to continue a proud legacy stretching back nearly a hundred years.  In particular, it hopes to capitalize on the challenging market of powerful drills capable of being both rugged and versatile enough to meet the needs of its consumer.  A challenge for any company, it is clear that Delta has spent a great deal of time carefully considering these aspects when designing its latest drill.

Another aspect of the Delta 18-900L 18 is its push by Delta towards functional reliability under continued use.  For the most part, this has meant a heavier and more powerful motor for improved performance, as well as a specially designed table for improved accuracy and precision.  The use of their TWIN LASER technology illustrates how much care Delta has put into the precision aspect of its Delta 18-900L, helping to add both to its appeal and inevitable cost.

Finally, what the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press hopes to capitalize on is providing versatility.  Marketed with drill press reviews in mind, this drill press comes with a range of adjustable controls ranging from drill speeds to table angles.  With any luck, Delta hopes that the potential buyer can see this versatility matched with its warranty and go with this over the competition.

What Is Inside The Box?

When ordering the 18-900L, prepare for a 261 pound box.  This model requires some assembly out of the box, and has all components shipped in the same box.  Items include the 18-Inch Laser Drill Press, the oversized table, and a manual.

Features Of The Delta 18-900L

Where the Delta 18-900L shines the brightest is in its incredible range of features.  With this Delta Laser Drill Press, you get over 16 different speeds for drilling.  These speeds will provide a wide range of drilling options, making it perfect for those who need to do careful and precise work.  In addition to the range of speeds, Delta has worked to make changing the speeds incredibly simple, allowing for quick changes on the spot.

Aiding in Delta’s desire to be the best when it comes to accuracy is the rack-and-pinion height adjustment system.  This can be easily raised and lowered until you find your desired height.  In addition, there are the adjustable locking levers that provide easy angle adjustments.  When combined with the TWIN LASER, drilling is made even more accurate allowing you additional peace of mind regarding how accurate you will be.

18-900L reviewAn additional feature worth noting is the auto-tensioning belt drive system.  What this system does is allow for efficient performance by constantly being at the right tension for your needs.  Unlike other drill press models out there, the auto-tensioning belt drive system ensures the user fast and easy speed changes without a loss to precision or efficiency.

One of the best features of the Delta 18 Laser Drill Press includes the over-sized table.  The worker’s table features a patented design where it can bevel 0-90 degrees left and right.  This model can also tilt forward a total of 48 degrees.  Various T slots make clamping easy while a removable and replaceable central insert allow additional versatility for through the table drilling needs.

Many people have also commented positively on the 6-inch quill stroke.  While providing for deeper drilling, the 6-inch quill stroke provides best-in-class capacity and accuracy.  When coupled with the micro-adjustable depth stops, it is no wonder that the Delta 18-900L is liked for its incredible versatility.

Dimensions and Specific Features

The Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press weighs 261 pounds total.  Its dimensions are 59 inches high by 12.8 inches wide by 3.2 inches long.  The Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press is 120 volts, and corded-electric.  It is silver, with darker gray highlights for the plastic pieces.  The model number is 18-900L while the item model number is 18-900L.  Shipped in a single box, prepare for a very heavy delivery.  As a final note, one special feature that the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press comes with is its five-year warranty.

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  • Item weight: 261 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 59 x 12.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Power Source: corded-electric
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Warranty Description: 5 Year Warranty

Customer Reviews

Generally speaking, the drill press reviews for the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press are overwhelmingly positive.  Shipping and delivery were pretty much always reported as positive experiences.  Once the Delta 18-900L was ready for unboxing, the straightforward directions made setting up and adjusting the laser drill press easy.  When set up, people enjoyed the overall professional esthetic of the gray and silver, mentioning the ease to which finding particular knobs was made with the use of highlights.  People also enjoyed the additional light that came with this drill press, designed to improve visibility while working.

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As for the design, the best reviews were for the 6-inch quill.  Running smoothly, people remarked on how quiet the drill press was.  In addition, people report having no difficulty when it comes to changing speed, or using the guides to line up repeated precision drilling.  There is also the general feel of the drill, that people report being straightforward and easy to master.  Considered a workhorse by those who use this drill press again and again, the Delta 18-900L is seen as high quality and very sturdy, with no slipping even after repeated use. While you can certainly go out and purchase more power, some users state that it is ultimately not worth it as the quality of the drill with the Delta 18 is far superior.

The application of the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press into the workspace has received positive reviews, with many people commenting on how it fits well with the general aesthetic of their workspace.  Once in place, people note that it is easy to use thanks to the range of adjustable features, making it perfect for a range of spaces both small and open.  There is also space to hold interchangeable parts of the drill press, making keeping track of parts easier then ever.  While some people do not have a problem losing parts, others see this small feature as a god send.

Of the few negative drill press reviews that exist with the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press, manufacturing defects upon arrival were the biggest concern.  This including molding that was not entirely squeezed out or possible damage during shipping.  People also reported their brad points not being entirely centered.  Other problems some people reported is the machine becoming overly heated as well as some parts breaking down.  These problems were solved by sending the drill press back to the company under the warranty.  While these problems are worrying, they again represent a fraction of the overall reviews that were either positive or very positive.

The Pros And Cons

A sturdy, dependable, and versatile laser drill press, the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press continues the legacy of Delta products into the 21st century.  Whether or not the 18-900L is right for you will depend on your needs and your budget.  At roughly $1000 in price, it is both expensive and not nearly the most expensive laser drill currently on the market.

Pros

  • Machine operates quietly
  • Improved level of precision that people enjoy
  • 6-inch quill stroke
  • 5-year warranty
  • fully adjustable TWIN LASER
  • Auto-Tension belt driving system
  • 12-Month Financing Available
  • 16 Possible speeds to choose from
  • Can become the workhorse machine for all of your woodworking needs.
  • Competitively priced and often found at a discount
  • 120-Volt capacity

Cons

  • It does not come with a fence
  • When the additional light is on, the laser can be a challenge to see
  • Has a very small chance of having defective parts on delivery

 

Steve G.

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