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Gonna make big Waterblocks--Should I buy hand drill or drill press?

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strokeside

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Joined
Jan 10, 2002
Location
Dublin, Ireland
I am getting some copper and aluminium bars in the post, and will be making some blocks for Skt370, SktA and Skt478 processors.
All I have at the moment is a dremel, and it is crap on copper blocks, and just about adequate (but slow) on aluminium blocks.
I need a bigger and stronger drill, but am unsure of what to get.
I could get a hand drill ,a drill press or a milling machine (if I can find a small and cheapish one).

I will not be making very complex blocks, but will be using it a lot to make different types and hopefully evaporator blocks in the future. I have a budget of €150 = $150 approx.

I am new to big power tools so do not know the good brands for drill-presses or milling machines or even hand drills. Can anyone tell me which type of tool would be best for my needs ( I think it may be the drill-press, but then I may be mistaken).

Any info is helpful,
thanks.
s.
 

juliendogg

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Joined
Nov 29, 2001
Location
NC, USA
you'll have a much easier time with a drill press than with a hand drill. you'll find them pretty pricey, if you can find the hitachi brand, their stuff is pretty cheap, and not too shabby. delta also makes some inexpensive tools.
 

NeoMoses

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Jul 7, 2001
in that price range, the drill press is your best bet. you'll have much better control of your depth than with a hand drill. Seeing that you're in Ireland, I'm not sure what is available to you. I've got an inexpensive drill press with 12" max between the chuck and the table.