There is no optional tube available for the Northern Industrial Mini Drill Press that would raise the height of the press. The table can be moved up or down to accommodate different size items.
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Short answer: No there is no extension tube, but yes, I'm pretty sure you can drill into longer or larger items than would be possible with the press as it's originally set up.
Long answer: I don't own this drill press, but I own two and I've used several others. This one is likely similar to those I've used. To give yourself a couple of extra inches, relax the lock that holds the work-piece table and swing it out of the way, placing the work-piece directly on the drill press' base.
For even larger items, loosen the set screws that hold the drill and motor in place, swing the drill & motor 180 degrees, and re-tighten the set screws. If the drill is still over your work bench, it will give you another two or three inches. If you place the drill press so that the drill is hanging out over the edge of your bench, you can drill into any item that will fit between the floor and the drill. I've used this technique to drill holes into the bottom of my work-bench legs, to insert leveling bolts/feet. JUST BE AWARE THAT WHEN YOU SWING THE DRILL AWAY FROM THE BASE, YOU NO LONGER HAVE ANY LEVERAGE TO FORCE THE DRILL DOWN. If you push it down hard, you'll lift the drill press and get the bit out of alignment with the hole you are drilling...just go slow and easy.
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- Davenport, WA
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