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Jet JDP-17 Drill Press Review

Review of: Jet JDP-17

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On April 16, 2016
Last modified:October 23, 2019


A bit about Jet tools

JET Tools has worked hard to make this a reality that has been ongoing since we introduced our products more than 50 years ago.  JET Tools is committed to being the supplier you can depend on for the epitome of quality, innovation and Service. The company has established itself as one of the finest and versatile power tools manufacturers. It’s been long time since they have launched their products in the market and this is why their products are not only reliable but also improved in quality and have great features.

Jet jdp 3/4 hp Drill Press
Jet JDP 3/4 hp Drill Press

Jet JDP-17 3/4 HP Drill Press

Another great and solid unit was given to use by the Jet Tools Company. This drill press is designed to give good performance from a full 5″ of spindle travel to the sturdy cast iron head with a poly v-belt drive system. To provide direct lighting while reducing shadows it also features a built-in, long lasting LED work light, same as others Jet products (like JET 354165, JET 354170). Spindle travels a full 5″ with one revolution of the handle.

And that’s not all:

Large 14 x 19″ precision ground work table features twin T-slot grooves and 4 table slots to accommodate any type of project. Its size also provides plenty of support with an edge designed for easy clamping.

What’s in the box?

Well one Jet JDP-17 3/4HP 17″ Drill Press and detailed instructions which will make your assembly much easier.

Dimensions and specific features

Weight: 187 lbs.

Dimensions: 56 x 23.5 x 11.5 inches

Powered by an efficient 3/4 HP, Single Phase, 115V TEFC motor and poly-v belt drive system.

One-handed belt tensioning allows for rapid speed changes.

Power switch features a safety key and large, paddle-style off button.

Industrial grade motor, very minimal run out, table can adjust to 90 degrees.

Replaceable MDF table insert.

Large cast iron base provides stability.

Pros and Cons

The good parts are:

Pros: – Easy assembly

  • Long lasting LED work light
  • A great worktable
  • Rapid speed changes
  • Designed to perform and give great results

The bad parts are:


  • A bit heavy unit
  • Might need help assembling

Conclusion and review

At the first moment I laid hands on it, I fell in love. This is one very nice unit, which I have been looking for all my life (no offence to my wife). Assembly was straight forward and well documented but does require two people to install the table and headstock. The table is excellent, it’s large with flat edges for clamping and the built-in T-slots makes installing a fence easy. Speed changes are quick with the easy to release idler pulley.

It gets better:

The controls are all located at the front of the head. Green switch turns the drill press on, red stops the machine, and underneath those are 2 membrane switches for turning on the light and turning on the laser. It’s easy to use, even for a beginner.

Jet has made my life easier and I am extremely grateful for that!

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