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Best Benchtop Drill Presses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated January 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettLooking for ways to bring your benchtop drill presses to the next level? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Edwin Garrett. After more than 49 hours of research, including interviewing two experts and spending 10 hours testing 16 popular benchtop drill presses, I found the best benchtop drill presses of 2018.

I’ll brush up on how to choose the best benchtop drill presses and examine things like materials, quality, and weight. In this section we provide our readers with a comparison table of our top picks. Scroll past the table for a closer look at each of the 3 best benchtop drill presses in our review section.

Best Benchtop Drill Presses of 2018

Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. Following is the list of top three benchtop drill presses of 2018. So, what exactly would anyone want to know about benchtop drill presses? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best benchtop drill presses.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
5 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
4 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
4 points
4 points
Quality
4 points
5 points
5 points
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№1 – WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press

 
WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press

Pros
Includes a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage
Operates at 5 different speeds: 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, 3140 RPM
Spindle travels up to 2 inches with easy to read, locking linear depth stops for accurate and repeatable drilling operations
Cons
Literally no flaws
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this benchtop drill presses win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Quality
4

4star

 

 

№2 – WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

 
WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Pros
Infinitely variable speed ranges from 580-3200 RPMS. Mechanical variable speed delivers equal torque throughout the range. LED read out displays speed.
Spindle Travel of 3-1/8″ with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable drilling operations
Cons
Guide can be a pain.
Casing feels fragile.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this benchtop drill presses come in second place?

This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
4

4star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press Work Station with Wrench

 
Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press Work Station with Wrench

Pros
Articulating Drill Press- Drills Perpendicular and Angled Holes in 15-degree Increments, up to 90 Degrees Horizontal
Tool Holder- Holds Tool at 90 Degrees Horizontal for Tasks Such as Polishing Metal Objects, Sanding Different Shapes and Grinding Metal Pieces
Cons
Fairly expensive.
It is huge and heavy weight.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this benchtop drill presses take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Ease of use
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4star

Versatility
4

4star

Performance
4

4star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

Benchtop Drill Presses Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy benchtop drill presses, right? No!

What to Look For When Purchasing a Drill Press

The drill press was designed originally for the metalworking trades. However, with the availability of cutting tools, jigs and attachments, the drill press is now one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It not only drills into metal, but also bores into wood and performs other woodworking operations such as mortising and sanding. In fact, after the table saw, the drill press is easily the second most important piece of equipment in the average home workshop.

Construction and Sizes

The conventional drill press consists of these main parts: the base, column, table and head. The base supports the machine. Usually, it has pre-drilled holes for fastening the drill press to the floor or to a stand or bench. The column, generally made of steel, holds the table and head and is fastened to the base. Actually, the length of this hollow column determines whether the drill press is a bench model or a floor model. Floor models range in height from 6to 7in.; bench models range from 2to 4inches.

The table is clamped to the column and can be moved to any point between the head and the base. The table may have slots in it to aid in clamping holding fixtures or workpieces. It usually also has a central hole through it. Some tables can be tilted to any angle, right or left, while other models have a fixed position only. An auxiliary table made of plywood or particleboard, which can be readily fastened to the regular drill press table, is available on some models, or it can be custom made in the shop.

The term head is used to designate the entire working mechanism attached to the upper part of the column. The essential part of the head is the spindle. This revolves in a vertical position and is housed in bearings at either end of a movable sleeve, called the quill. The quill, and hence the spindle which it carries, is moved downward by means of a simple rack-and-pinion gearing, worked by the feed lever. When the feed handle is released, the quill is returned to its normal up position by means of a spring. Adjustments are provided for locking the quill and presetting the depth to which the quill can travel. Incidentally, the quill usually has a stroke or travel of from to 3-1/in. in most home workshop models.

The typical drill press has a 1/in. capacity geared chuck with a key. This chuck offers the best grip for most work. Most drill press accessories fit directly into the geared chuck.

The spindle usually is driven by a stepped-cone pulley or pulleys connected by a V-belt to a similar pulley on the motor. The motor usually is bolted to a plate on the head casting in the rear of the column. The average range of speeds is from 250 to about 3,000 revolutions per minute (rpm). Because the motor shaft stands vertically, a sealed ball-bearing motor should be used as a power unit. For average work, a 1/or 3/horsepower motor meets most needs.

The capacity or size of the drill press is determined by the distance from the center of the chuck to the front of the column. This distance is expressed as a diameter. For example, a 16-1/in. drill press will drill a hole through the center of a round piece of stock that is 16-1/in. in diameter. The actual distance from the center of the chuck to the front of the column is 8-1/inches. Conventional drill press sizes for home workshops generally range from to 1inches.

The drill press is one of the most versatile of power tools, it is essential that it should have the qualities and operating features that permit it to be utilized fully. Listed are a number of features to look for when buying a drill press for the home workshop:

The entire drill press should be solidly constructed to allow for long life and prolonged precision work.

The table and base should be ribbed for strength and rigidity. They also should be slotted. The table should have slats or ledges on the sides for clamping the work. (This offers convenience and safety to the user.)

The table should be ground flat for accurate work, and the base should also have a flat surface for holding large workpieces. The table should be easily adjusted up or down, left or right, for adapting to different drilling situations.

The head should be cast iron, which offers excellent support and protection for the most important parts of the drill press — the motor, quill and pinion shaft.

The drill press should be equipped with a chuck that is tightened by a wrench or key rather than by hand. The chuck should have a 1/in. capacity so it will accommodate bits of various sizes and accessories. Many drills feature a taper-mounted chuck. By having a taper-mounted chuck, the run-out is practically eliminated and the user is assured of accurate drilling. Some chucks feature a self-ejecting key, which insures that the key is not left in the chuck accidentally.

The depth-adjustment gauge allows the user to drill many holes at the same depth as the original hole. It eliminates any guesswork and allows precise, accurate drilling.

The drill press should have an adjustable motor bracket support that is sturdily constructed to support the motor, yet is easily movable to as-sure proper belt tension.

The drill press should have a selection of speeds for drilling wood, metal, plastic, glass and ceramics. Some drills feature a triple pulley arrangement for easy selection of 1different speeds, ranging from a low of 250 rpm to a high of 3,000 rpm.

Be certain you can get proper replacement parts and service if needed.

A complete line of accessories will help you get the most from your machine. Accessories available from the manufacturer of the tool that you buy are designed for your particular tool. This eliminates having to use makeshift arrangements in order to use your tool to its best advantage.

It pays to equip your workshop with the best in power tools. Choose a drill press produced by a manufacturer who has established a record of quality and reliability.

Customizable

Make sure that the drill press you are going to buy must have an option for selecting the speed for drilling metal(steal, aluminum), wood, glass, ceramics and plastic. Some drills available in the market have an option for 12-1different speeds, which ranges from 200 rpm to 3,500 rpm.

Drill Press Accessories

A drill press can do more than just drill holes with the proper accessories. It can be used to precisely create shapes from wood, carve designs, or even sand off interior surfaces. The ability of a drill press to permit the precise rotation of an object within a given space presents many useful possibilities when properly managed, and with a little creativity, a drill press can produce some decorative or useful shapes with replicable precision.

Cradle Clamp

A cradle clamp attaches to the work surface and holds a small piece in place. However, a cradle clamp can hold the piece in place at any one of some angles, enabling the drilled hole to be something other than a right angle. This is ideal when drilling holes for wood nails, as is common in doll furniture and watercraft.

Construction

Each model has variations in its construction as an adaptation for its use. However, all drill presses will consist of some common construction features, which are the pillar, the base, the spindle, the drill head, the quill and a worktable. Some models will have more features. These parts all have their individual functions.

Floor Drills

The floor or standing drills are the first choice for those who plan to deal the large projects and manufacturing process in their workshop. These drills can be installed directly on the floor and thus provide better support to the model. With capability of 14-20 inches swing, and up to 1speed levels, the floor drills are much more powerful and reliable than the bench top, or any other type drill press. The wide range of speed selection helps the worker to get more precision and control over the model being made. Apart from the small workshops, the floor drills are also quite suitable for home purposes.

Setting the speed

Most drills have their speed set by moving the drive belt from one pulley to another. Generally, the smaller the pulley, the faster it spins. With most cutting operation, slower speeds are much better for drilling metal while faster are better for woods.

Fitting the belt

To fit the belts, open the chuck, slide in the bit and snug the chuck by hand around the bits shaft by hand, then tighten the three jaws of the chuck with the key. Remove the chuck because by leaving it there, it becomes a dangerous projectile at the time of turning on the drill. Take note that drilling of larger holes requires drilling of a smaller pilot hole first.

Drilling

Once you have set the speeds, adjusted the table and secured the work piece, putting the drill press to work is very easy. Confirm that the drill is spinning at full-speed, present the bit to the work piece while lowering the bit by swinging the rotating level. After the hole has been drilled, release the pressure on the level to return it to its original position using its Spring-loaded return mechanism.

When drilling metals, it’s important to set the drill press at low speeds due to the high density of the metal material. Drilling through a metal at high speeds will burn out the drill bit. You can also apply a few drops of cutting oil before drilling to the metal as an additional preventive measure.

To cut a circle, you should attach the circle cutter and then clamp the work piece to the table. To prevent table damages, place a scrap piece of wood under the work piece.

Delta 18-900 Drill Press

Delta 18-900 looks and feels like quality, the housing, and the handles make it perfect. The product is designed with the woodworker in mind. Delta 18-900 features 1speeds for drilling a variety of materials including plastics, woods, and metals. It is powered by a 3/4-horsepower induction motor. This is more than adequate for any woodworking application.

The product has an auto-tensioning belt drive system that allows the user to change drill speeds quite smoothly. Delta 18-900 comes with a chart that spells out the recommended drilling speeds.

The product has a quill stroke (6-Inch) which allows for deeper drilling. In terms of size and weight, Delta 18-900 measures 5x 12.x 3.inches. It is quite heavy; it weighs 26pounds.

It has micro-adjustable depth stops (perfect for repetitive drilling)

Dimensions and construction

When compared to other models of drill presses, the product is relatively light. It weighs about 50.pounds with a dimension of 21.x 15.x 9.inches. The product is not that big and can easily fit into any space. The product is battery powered; therefore, you don’t have to run a line to a power source.

SKIL 3320-0Drill Press Features • Adjustable depth stop (repetitive drilling and accurate measurements) • Adjustable working surface • Up to 5-gear speeds to choose from (570 RPM, 900 RPM, 1390 RPM, 2050 RPM, 3050 RPM) • 5/8-inch square table (tilts up to 4degrees on either side)

JET 35416Drill Press

The jet drill press has been creating quite some buzz in the market since its launch. This product is perfect for the typical DIYers. It ranks among the best home improvement tools in the market today. JET 35416is perfect when space limitation is a concern.

Grizzly G794Drill Press

The Grizzly drill press has specs that match the floor model 1inch G794The product comes with a 3/4-hp motor, making it ideal for heavy-duty tasks. It also comes with a 14-inch drill chuck, which is the largest in the Grizzly series. The product weighs about 250 pounds.

Even though switching between the product’s 1speeds is a hectic task, its motor jerks back and forth with a lever. This makes the drilling task with the Grizzly G794much easier than with other drill presses that have motors which slide on spring-tensioned rods • Power • Throat depth • Attachments

The power

A good number of drill presses have an electric motor. The power of the motor is rated in horsepower. As a general rule, higher horsepower equates to higher drill press power. More horsepower allows for quicker drilling and the ability to use larger bits for heavy-duty tasks. Motors with more power are also known to last longer since they are not stressed when performing tasks.

Attachments

This specification is particularly important to the woodworkers who drill holes at angles. Drill presses feature a table with an adjustable angle. In some drills, users can adjust the angle of the drill head. The angle in which the drill head tilts varies from one drill press to another.

Way 4-Inch Drill Press

The drill that we have introduced for you below is one of the best in the industry so far because it has been made to stay for eternity. It has been designed with steel jaws that are powerful and serrated. The jaw is also 4-inch wide and is controlled by the cold rolled screws that are made from steel. The introduction of 2-swivel handles have made things better because you can now adjust them in whichever direction you want at an easy manner.

Delta Laser Drill Press

This drill has an auto-tension belt drive that has been perfectly designed to allow you have that easy and fast speedy changes as it tries to maximize on transmission efficiency. It has been fitted with as full 6-inch quill stroke that will ensure that you have deep drilling abilities. There are two applications that has been used that make this system a wonderful one. For instance, there is a micro-adjustable depth stops and a well fitted independent scale depth that will give you a chance to zero in to a scale that you want and even set up a scale for repetitive drilling. The Twinlaser that has been used is also the best one as it ensure that it projects a bright red crosshair at a point that you have set it to.

DEWALT 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press

For efficiency reasons, the drill that we have brought you here is far much better than the many that you have laid your hands on. It has been designed with a 10amp motor that will power it well so that you get your work done in an easy and efficient manner. It also has been designed to handle two speed settings so that you can direct it which speed you want it to use.

When it has sensed that there is an overload, then it will give you a signal before going off or to a standby mode. This is very important step as it is going to ensure that your motor is well protected from any damage. If you want to change your operation, there is always the presence of a quick chuck system that will enable you do the work.

SKIL 10-Inch Drill Press

When you are doing your drilling work, you need better results. This is the drill that will ensure that you are not embarrassed at all with your work. It is also a powerful item as I is best fit for use with bigger and bolder projects that you have out there. It has been designed with skill benchtop tools that are most advantageous in providing you with the support that you need.

The drill also features a depth control system that has been designed for your use as it will ensure that you have an easy depth control all the time that you are out there. The bump off switch that has been is used in ensuring that your safety is guaranteed. These are quality tools and whenever you need to use one, you are welcomed.

Don’t rush for cheap ones, safe your money when you buy with us because we always ensure that you get the perfect product with the perfect amount of money that you have. What will happen is that you will buy this once and forget about buying drills because they have been made from steel construction that is durable and strong.

Rockwell RK70310-Inch Drill Press

Grizzly G794Heavy-Duty Benchtop Drill Press (1Speed)

This benchtop drill press also features a heavy duty motor that is powerful enough for better drilling performance on various materials. Additionally, it is enhanced with a fully-adjustable TWIN LASER that usually projects a bright-red set of cross-hairs on the work surface at the point of bit contact. back to menu ↑

Features

For safe storage of power cords, this benchtop drill press boasts cord management clips.

Tool holder that is able to hold tools at 90-degrees horizontal for various tasks like grinding metal or polishing metal pieces. back to menu ↑

This is a small benchtop drill press but strong enough to drill holes through wood, metal, plastics among other materials. WEN 4208-Inch Speed Drill Press features a 1/inch keyed chuck with onboard key storage for holding drill bits for safety purposes.

It also boasts powerful and durable a 1/horsepower induction motor that provides enough capacity to tackle even the most resistive supplies. The motor boasts ball-bearings for smooth operation for longer life.

TruePower 01-082Precision Mini Drill Press

If you are a weekend woodworker searching for an economical benchtop drill press that offers greater precision compared to hand-held drill, TruePower 01-082Precision Mini Drill Press with Range Variable Speed Control 0-8500 Rpm constructed with durable materials so it can withstand the test of time is the perfect investment.

It features a cast iron worktable and provides you with that speed and accuracy that you crave. It is also easy to assemble and comes with all the necessary accessories needed for successful drilling operations. In addition, this benchtop drill press provides superb versatility and effortless control thereby allowing you to operate it confidently.

TruePower 01-082Precision Mini Drill Press with Range Variable Speed Control…

Permanent magnet motor with variable speed control ; Infinite speed selection within the machine’s three speed ranges (0-5000, 0-6500, and 0-8500 RPM) ; Accommodates drills from 0.7to 6mm dia….

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Given all the factors one needs to take into account when acquiring a benchtop drill press, our choice of the best is the Delta Laser 18-900L Drill Press. It has advanced laser technology which increases accuracy alongside fast speed for maximum efficiency. The machine drills some pretty deep holes by combining its top-level accuracy with its rugged nature. In addition, it is protected by a 5-year warranty.

WEN 4208-Inch 5-Speed Drill Press

WEN 420drill press is one of the best sellers in stationary drills. It is a good choice for those looking for compact, multipurpose, more affordable drills. It is helpful in completing tasks immediately and drilling holes in a wide range of materials including iron. The package includes a bright yellow and black drill press, a chuck, a chuck key, tools for assembly, manuals and laser guides.

The product boasts a durable 1/horsepower motor that is made to last a long time. It is enough to work on resistive supplies and set in five different pace levels, namely 620, 1100, 1720, 2340 and 3100. This allows you to use it regardless of your requirement. It is easy to use because the spindle travel has an easy to read linear depth. It works quietly so you can maintain a good working environment. It weighs only 3pounds and measures 7.by 22.by 1inches. Among the good points of WEN 420is that it has a flexible height and program. The 2-inch spindle journey makes repeated drilling easy and precise. What makes this drill press a top choice for customers is that it can work on plastic, wood and metals, making it the best drill press for the money as well.

SKIL 3320-03.2-Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

SKIL 3320 -0is another bench top type of drill press. It boasts quality materials, almost similar to larger, more expensive drill presses. This one is also an excellent choice for those working on a limited space and budget. It is equipped with the standard features you would want to see in your home drill press including laser sights, adjustable depth and speed, half-inch chuck and more.

The product is powered by a 3.2-amp motor, enough to accomplish all drilling tasks, with an adjustable speed pulley system located just above it. Speeds include 570, 900, 1390, 2050 and 3050 RPM. The package includes a speed chart that lets you know which speed to use on the type of bit, size and material. You can adjust the work surface made from cast iron plate that moves up and down. If you are drilling angled holes, you can simply tilt the table left or right.

It is also equipped with a laser system for a more precise drilling. The safety features of the 3320 are also impressive. It has a big front mounted paddle switch with a safety key. Bench top models are easily reached by kids, but with the key pops you can disable the on and off switch.

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

Delta 18-900L is a higher-end drill press for it costs significantly higher than the rest of the products in this list. The manufacturer made sure to design a powerful drill that is highly durable and versatile. It is powered by a heavier ¾ horsepower motor, making it a professional grade tool.

This drill press offers 1different speeds. It is equipped with a belt drive system that makes it easy to change between speeds. The package comes with a chart to tell you the right speed. Deep drilling is made easier by the 6-inch quill stroke, a major improvement among drill presses since you do not have to reset the depth of the table when you want to drill deeper. It has a laser and the table has T-slots that allow you to use your F-clamps with ease. These will keep materials in place, like a metal pipe or other work pieces. Repetitive drilling is never bothersome in this DELTA drill press because of the micro-adjustable depth stops and depth scale features.

It has a twin laser that list the work piece on contact for a precise work. The table can be adjusted forward from 0 to 4degrees and rotates to the left or right at 0 to 90 degrees. Overall, this DELTA drill press can provide you a durable tool that can last a long time.

Powermatic PM2800B Drill Press

The fifth drill press on our list is simple and easy to use, the very reason why customers like it. It boasts elegant, innovative and durable design. It features a large and stable cast iron base and two LED lights for visibility. You can be sure to produce accurate results since this drill has a digital readout of the speed, allowing you to optimize the speed of the spindle according to application in addition to the laser guide for precise indication. It also features reversible handles placed on either side of the machine for better comfort when you work on the quill. Its worktable can be rotated to full 90 degrees. Like the rest of the products reviewed, this one comes with a manual that is easy to understand. Powermatic drill press weighs 20pounds. The chuck does not need a key so it is easy to use. The adjustable stop makes it quick and accurate to drill repetitively. A safety key is used to prevent starting the machine accidentally. This product is designed with the user in mind, for it is simple to use, certainly a worthy addition to your workshop.

Craftsman 12-Inch Drill Press

This drill press got favorable feedbacks from its many buyers due to its middle price tag and excellent performance. A truly good value for money with the capabilities it delivers. • Better belt adjustments • Heavy and stable

Rockwell RK703Shop Series Drill Press

Excellent power and performance best describe this drill press preferred by both amateur and professional users. It is also a favorite among home wood shops and do-it-yourself aficionados. • 5-speed gearbox to match speed of application • Work table series capable of 45-degree left & right swivel • Speed reaches 3100 rpm

WEN 42Drill Press With Laser

Wen 42is a compact kind of drill press but sold at a reasonable price. This high quality tool has a solid construction and ideal for DIY home owner projects. • Table top model • Easy to read locking linear depth stop • Includes assembly tools

JET 35416JDP-15M Drill Press

This brand model is among the best bench top drill presses available in the market. It has a wide variety of non-drilling functions and capabilities that come with high standard quality. • built-in work light (bulb not included) • Measures 31x13x39-½” • 150 lbs. in weight

JET 716200 JDP15B Drll Press

The 716200 is the latest 1Inch drill press from the JET factory. This model is the new version of the very successful JET 35416JDP-15M(Our top rated drill press in this article). While improvements were made in a few areas, most of the features and specifications of the previous model were retained.

Best Value For Money Drill Press: WEN 42With Laser.

The Wen 42is a compact drill press at a very good price. The 3.Amp motor is strong enough to handle the day to day DIY tasks that comes its way. A great feature is the X-pattern laser, which makes precision drilling a breeze. Solidly built and good quality.

Skil 3302-Drill Press

Although the Skil 3320-0is an entry level drill press, it is functional and precise in the areas it needs to be. We agree with most consumers that this little drill press is excellent value for money. The laser guiding system works like a charm. This drill press is ideal for the home workshop. The 3320-0is powered by a 3.amp motor with five different speed settings.

The Skil 3320-0has been the best selling bench top drill press for the past couple of years. This is due to the value for money that the Skil provides. The assembly process is quick and easy, allowing you to start working in no time at all. This drill press is recommended for the home workshop, DIYers and woodworkers.

Shop Fox W166Drill Press

The Shop Fox W166is an easy to operate drill press with adequate power. A great added feature is that the Shop Fox converts into a sander for a wide range of sanding applications. Perfect for someone looking for a versatile drill press.

This drill press is recommended for the professional workshop and the serious hobbyist. Top quality and performance.

Delta 18-900L Drill Press

The Delta 18-900L is powered by a 3/Hp induction motor to take on the most demanding applications. This drill press is a huge favorite with a lot of professionals due to the excellent accuracy and ease of use. The unique auto-tension belt drive system saves a lot of time when changing speed. The fully adjustable Twin Laser and micro-adjustable depth stop make precision drilling a breeze. This Delta drill press features a full 6-inch quill stroke for deeper drilling applications.

This drill press features micro-adjustable depth stops and an independent depth scale, allowing the user to set up for accurate, repetitive drilling in seconds. the Delta drill press is recommended for the professional and serious hobbyist.

Craftsman 1Inch Drill Press

There has been a lot of positive feedback on the Craftsman 1inch drill press lately. The reduction in price makes this drill press very good value for money. This drill press is powered by a 3.Amp motor that delivers 1/Hp. The digital depth readout and cross-hair laser system ensures precise drilling and alignment.

The Craftsman features a 5/inch chuck and speed setting from 35rpm to 306rpm. This drill press is a good buy for DIYers and woodworkers looking for a compact drill press for the bench top.

Wen 4221Inch Drill Press

This drill press has a very generous sized work light that illuminates the work table very well. This model has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a floor standing model, and it comes at a very good price.

JET 35416JDP-1Drill Press

The Jet 35416is one of the best bench-top drill presses on the market today. The versatility of this drill is what sets it apart from the rest. A huge variety of non-drilling functions can be performed with this drill press. The build quality is of a very high standard.

Jet is a huge favorite with professionals and hobbyists due to the reliability and quality of their products. This drill press is powered by a 3/Hp motor with 1speed settings. A built-in work light illuminates the work area. This drill press received excellent feedback from consumers, confirming that this is a top quality product.

Pros: Top build quality and reliability. Rated one of the best drill presses in 201Our top pick.

Cons: Not many, although there is a new model out to replace the JDP 15-M. ( JDP 15B)

Power 

The power a drill press produce is measured in Horsepower(Hp). This is a very important factor when choosing the right drill press for your needs. If you are going to use it for light DIY work only, you probably just need a 1/hp-1/hp motor. Bigger jobs will require a bigger motor.

Size 

When shopping for a drill press you will note that they are listed as inch,inch,1inch and so on. This is the size of the drill press and determine the size of object you can work with. The size of a drill press is actually measured by its “throat capacity” This is the distance between the column and the center of the chuck. A drill press with a inch throat capacity will drill a hole in the center of a inch diameter disc and is called a inch drill press. In other words the size of the drill press is the distance between the center of the chuck and the column, times two. Make sure the drill press you buy is big enough for your needs.

Speed 

When working with wood a high spindle speed is required, while working with metal requires a lower spindle speed. If you are going to be working with both materials, make sure the speed can be adjusted on the drill press you buy. Most drill presses these days have or more speed settings.

Spindle Travel 

The spindle travel is how far the spindle will go down in one sweep. This will also determine the depth of hole that can be drilled with one go. A good tip is to look for a drill press with an adjustable depth stop. This will help to ensure that you drill holes to a precise depth every time.

Physical Limitations

You will need to decide on whether you want a bench mount or floor mount drill press. This will be determined more than anything by the amount of vertical height you need between the drill chuck and the table. Floor mounted drill presses allow for larger workpieces.

Motor Size & Speed

The motors will be connected to the spindle with a belt or belts. There is a series of pulleys, which allow for adjusting the spindle speed of the drill press and while all drill presses pretty much cover the same range of spindle speeds, the larger the drill press, the more adjustment steps it typically has. Lower speeds are needed for cutting harder materials to prevent the drill bit or cutting tool from overheating, losing its temper and getting dull.

Stationary Drill Press

After deciding whether a benchtop or stationary drill press is more suitable for you, let us then categorize drill press users for easier decision making. For the purpose of this discussion, I would separate people into main groups; Hobbyists, serious hobbyists and people who use drill presses in their occupations ie. mechanics, carpenters.

Key Features of a Drill Press

To make the process easier for buyers, I have explained several key features that are definitely worth considering when it comes to choosing the best drill press for you.  If you have already an idea of what you are looking for, click  here to view the available models and sort them out in accordance with the key features.

Spindle travel

Spindle travel basically refers to distance that the drill bit can be extended by turning the feed handle. In other words, it is the distance that the chuck/ drill bit can travel from a fully retracted position to a fully extended position. Having a longer spindle travel means being able to drill deeper holes and is an important consideration when picking a drill press.

Drill swing

Drill swing is defined as the 2x the throat length, which is the distance from the chuck (the chuck holds the drill bit) to the support beam of the drill press. In other works, it is also the diameter of a circular object that can fit under the drill, and have a hole drilled in the middle of an object. For example, a drill swing of inches means that a circular object of diameter inches can be fit under the drill, and have a hole drilled into the middle of the circular object at inches radius (which is the throat length).

In simple terms, the larger the drill swing, the larger the diameter (not thickness) of an object that can be fitted under the drill. While it can be a good thing to have a large drill swing, size is a consideration as well. A longer drill swing will mean having a larger and bulkier equipment that can be cumbersome and takes up more space.

Consequently, if you foresee that you will be drilling objects that are really wide and space is not too much of an issue, then it would be better to consider something with a larger drill swing. That said, for most people, a drill swing of 8-inches is sufficient to meet most of their drilling needs.

Amperage

Amperage points out the strength of the electrical current consumed by the drill press. Generally, the amount of electricity used by the drill press is not of a major concern to homeowners. While not a hard and fast rule, drill presses that are more powerful generally have a higher amperage.

If portability is of particular importance to you, then the weight of the drill press will be of a significant concern. Drill presses as mentioned, can weight anywhere from 25lbs to up to 200lbs. Weight is unlikely to be an issue if it is a stationary drill press, but if you intend to move it from place to place, then weight is definitely something to think about.

Ratings

Nothing beats hearing from owners their first-hand experiences operating on these machines. Rating helps us to receive valuable feedback from users that have personally used the machines. It serves as an avenue to display their approval/ disapproval with regards to the product. Ratings serve as a valuable tool to evaluate drill presses and is a worthy consideration when buying drill presses.

SKIL 3320-010-Inch Drill Press with Laser

The SKIL 3320-010-Inch Drill Press with Laser is an excellent entry level/ budget middle-ranged drill press that is equipped with multiple features that make it an affordable yet accurate drill press. It features a 2X 2-beam laser system that allows it to accurately determine the spot the drill bit will land before the actual drilling occurs.

It comes with speed settings that allows the drill press to vary its speed at 570, 900, 1390, 2050 and 3050 RPM to give it the power required to drill various materials. While certainly not industrial grade or made for heavy duty drilling, it is still capable of drilling a variety of different materials such as wood, acrylic and even metal. A safety key is also included as part of the drill press and is a great feature to have especially if there are young children in the house.

DEWALT DWE1622K Magnetic Drill Press

The overload protection system, which is designed to prevent overheating and damage to the drill press during operation is also a unique feature of this drill press that makes it even more durable. In addition, this drill press has a powerful electromagnet at its base allows users to position this drill press firmly, both horizontally or vertically against any metallic surface. Lastly, weighing at only 33lbs, this drill press can be easily brought around and is powerful, yet highly portable.

Continue Reading  Shop Fox W1663/HP 13-Inch Bench-top Drill Press/Spindle Sandler

The Shop Fox W1663/HP 13-Inch Bench-top Drill Press/ Spindle Sandler is a compact and powerful 2-in-drill press that comes with a sander. Customers have been surprised, saying that sanding is smooth and gentle and have exceeded their expectation as a add-on feature.Sanding drums are also included as part of the drill press and having a sander eliminates the need for a separate tool.

What Woodstock International has done here with this drill press was to build a simple, yet powerful and drill press in a most cost effective way, allowing customers to enjoy having a powerful drill press that gets the job done, and does it well at the lowest cost possible. With a powerful 3/horsepower motor and a spindle travel of 1/inches, the Shop Fox W166drill press has no problems when it comes to drilling hard objects like metal or cast iron.

Rikon 30-100 RIKON 8-Inch Drill Press

With a height of just 22-3/inches and a weight of 32lbs, the Rikon 30-100 RIKON 8-Inch is both compact and light. It is a  small, light duty benchtop drill press that takes up little space and can be moved around easily. Popular among homeowners due to its affordability and year warranty, it is ideal for starters or hobbyists.

Equipped with a speed setting of between 620-3100 RPM, this drill press is able to handle a variety of materials, albeit it excels when it comes to light duty work such as wood. Performance is good on this drill press with minimal runoff during drilling of holes. Operation of the drill press is also smooth and quiet and was an ease. Integrated depth stop also ensure accuracy while drilling and is ideal for repetitive drilling.

The table rotation of 360 degrees and table tilt of adds extra flexibility to the machine and allows for accommodation of larger work items and angled drilling of holes. If you are a beginner or a hobbyist looking for a small yet reliable benchtop drill press, then you might want to keep this under your radar.

And that’s not all

This device allows you to use cutting tools, jigs, and attachments which can make it into a real powerhouse. These extra attachments can change the machine into a pocket hole device, spindle sander, buffer, grinder, and a mortise unit.

So when you find a high class drill press, it will not only drill into metal, but also cut into wood and undertake other woodworking operations. Some people even claim that after a table saw, a drill press clearly represents the second most important piece of equipment that you can have in the typical home workshop. Also when taking into consideration its given versatility and relatively low price, a drill press is an excellent investment.

But don’t worry

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll highlight what you need to look for when you are in a search for the perfect drill press. This will allow you to narrow down the competition and find that press that is ideal for you and your intended usage.

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Drill presses are drills that are used for vertical drilling – as their “press” in the name indicates, you apply pressure from the top down. They are mounted separately on the floor or work stand and most of them are bolted the surface you’re working with such as a work table or the floor. A drill press is a great alternative tool that can provide more versatility and the ability to have more drilling options in order to do things more efficiently.

There are only a main parts that go into a drill press: the base, pillar, spindle, drill head and table. The tables are fully adjustable and you adjust them from the top down. The newer models are moved by automated systems such as racks while the older models have to be manually lifted to clamp them in the position you want them in. The most common drill press measurement is “swing” – the distances between the middle of the spindle to the edge of the pillar.

Assembly Process

It’s going to take a while to mount and assemble a drill press and this can be overwhelming for a beginner. This is part of the reason you’re better off purchasing a barebones model if you’re a beginner because you will only learn the most essential features and assemble a few integral components. For instance, you’ll realize the chuck quality matters to make sure the whole machine runs smoothly without vibrating as you start drilling.

History of Drill Presses

The idea behind the “drill press” as a mechanical tool originated with the need for vertical drilling, from the top down, because most machines drilled horizontally where you feed the wood into the machine from the side and you can’t aim as precisely. The drill press is also the first wood working machine to operate on the principle of rotation and the idea was to use rotary force as a means to drill holes. To this day drill presses are the main machines we use for vertical drilling and they are present in every wood working shop including metal shops and plastic drilling in electronics manufacturing. You need a drill press for precise drilling. They are not an essential machine but if you’re serious about your craft, you’ll eventually end up using a drill press and learning how to operate one will give you leverage because you can make many different things with the most basic drill press. There are drill presses for every budget.

If you’re a beginner, there is simple terminology that is exclusive to drill presses and you’ll be spending most of your time on the press doing the following things: · Tapping: Professional term for “drilling”. This is basic drilling and all you do is put your work piece and drill by adjusting the drill head and securing the work piece. If you hear “tapping” it’s code word for drilling. Tapping is the core functionality of the drill press. · Counter-sinking: Another term for “drilling” but more contained/precise drilling where you drill near the top of the hole to help ensure the bolting/screws you have can be held under the surface of the work piece you’re drilling. · Counter-boring: This is done after the counter-sinking (precise drilling) once you’ve already drilled a hole and you need extra space and you enlarge the existing hole to the dimensions you need it. · Spot facing: Spot facing is all about finishing off circular pieces once you’ve already worked on them and adding the finishing touches. The drill press can “spot face”/furnish those ends in every way you choose. · Reaming: Reaming is similar to spot facing but it has more to do with dimensional accuracy than aesthetic furnishing and reaming is all about improving the surface areas until you get the exact finishes you want.

All these things can be done with a basic drill press. The main advantage to newer drill presses is that they do the same things the old drill presses do but the process is a lot easier – you don’t have to put in as much effort and they’re more precise. They are also safer and if you’re concerned about your safety because of the very specific cuts you have to make, the newer models will offer a higher degree of safety or as much safety as you can get from a power tool.

The racks/pinions used for leveling spindles are improved and this gives you superior accuracy when you’re trying to make precise cuts. Most tables will automatically allow you to clamp and lock the machine which contains it to where you need it and keep you safe when you have to cut faster and have less time. All you have to do is fixate the exact angle you need for drilling and the spindle angle will ensure the repetitive holes you’re making are accurate.

Drill presses work on pulley stepped systems and when you open up the section with the belts, you can change them manually to adjust the speeds (measured in RPM). They have indicators for speed and belt combinations and you only have to change the belts to get the speed you need. Some machines are better than others when it comes to changing belts and the illustrations may vary to make speed adjustment easier. The newer machines are ideal for honing your work pieces and adding polish to your already processed pieces. They are also the best tools for making rotating pieces/accessories.

WEN 4208

The WEN 4208-inch, speed benchtop model is a high quality machine at a very reasonable price.

It is built to a high standard of construction and has a cast iron base, table, and head ensuring smoothness and accurate holes. The drill also has ball bearings for durability of the motor, and to keep it smooth and balanced.

At a respectable 1/3hp the motor is powerful enough to handle all the DIY tasks you can throw at it and more.

SKIL 3320-01

The SKIL 3320-0model speed, inch drill press is another great entry level option, and consumers agree that it is a robust and precise piece of machinery which offers fantastic value for money. It features an X-2-Beam laser guiding system which makes precision hole alignment every time a cinch.

Consumers note that the assembly process for this model is very straightforward, so you can get to work right away!

Delta 18-900L

The Delta 18-900L is a high quality product, and a favorite among professionals and serious DIYers alike.

The 1inch size allows for very large scale projects. the 18-900L is suitable for the most demanding of tasks and is equipped with a very impressive 1different speed settings. This drill press uniquely features an auto-tensioning belt drive system which increases efficiency changing speeds and keeps consistent belt tension and motor-alignment.

The 18-900L also features an independent depth-scale and micro-adjustable depth stops, allowing you to zero the scale and have it setup for precise repetitive drilling in mere seconds.

Forward

My family gave me a benchtop drill press for a present. And even though I really wanted a bigger one, I decided it would be more considerate to make the smaller drill press act bigger than to return the gift. To make that happen, I mounted my drill press

Use this drill bit sharpener with your power drill to keep bits sharp and ready for use. The drill bit sharpener puts an edge on drill bits from in. The 100 grit stone gives a smooth, even edge to drill bits.

Drill bits

If you’re investing in a new press, spend a little more and get some decent carbide bits.  Combined with your new press, you will see holes that actually cut quickly, smoothly and without tear out and without that wonderful burning smell.

I personally use a forstner bit set quite a bit and could not do without.  Check out some examples here.

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Accessories

Accessories for drill presses have many different purposes and are specifically designed to serve one particular function or another. For instance, below I have pictures of a drill bit holder attached to a drill press, a heavy-duty stand with rollers that makes working with longer pieces easier and a drill press clamp that will hold your material in place while drilling. There are lots of other accessories that come with drill presses and are definitely worth checking out if you plan on using your drill press on a regular basis.

Speed Adjustment

Most drill presses these days come with some sort of speed adjustment, the more expensive models have a few more speeds to choose from that a less expensive model would but all typically do have them integrated into the machine itself. A good example of how you would use a speed adjustment would be having the drill press toned down to a slower operating speed for working on metals and a faster speed for specific kinds of wood.

Magnetic Machines

A press drill with radial features will provide clients a swing of no less than 2inches while the machine highlights a deliberated composed gadget to allow calculated penetrating. The client can use the wide swing to slice through wide substances, and it is ordinarily an instrument that clients who use drill press consistently require. Purchasers may likewise consider choosing a radial unit when they frequently bore substances that are broader than seventeen inches.

Drill Press Specifics

Drill presses provide speed variations ranging from 5-12, which will allow clients to penetrate openings with various measurements. The changing levels of speed can avert harm to the boring tips and the material. Buyers can buy drills that provide greater flexibility on account of their one of a kind speed options. Drills can likewise include depth blocks. With the feature that allows depth stop at a determined point, clients can guarantee that the quill tip ends at the best possible level of infiltration. A block will likewise help the users of drills keep squeezing openings down the length of a task without ceasing.

The most prevalent drill press’ highlight is the fences considering that the system will permit its users to finish more than one hole at a time. At the point when a drill press incorporates the fence gadget, it will hinder the material as a client takes a shot at a task.

Most drill presses incorporate a table that repair experts can raise and lower for more comfort. Moreover, the drill press table will regularly rotate 360 degrees around the root; it will allow users to work with materials that are oddly shaped. Buyers may considerably consider putting resources into a bigger table with tilting and fence highlights.

Setting up the Job

Setting up the job is basically the same no matter which type of magnetic drill you use. Here are some helpful hints to improve your drill’s performance and cutter life.

Obviously, the material base to be used must be ferrous metal for the electromagnet to work properly. The material type dictates the type and grade of the cutting tool to be used.

The first step is to make sure you have a clean, flat, and smooth work surface that is free of chips. Make sure the bottom of the magnet is also clean. Any foreign matter such as chips under the magnet could rock it and decrease its holding power, resulting in the drill rotating or shutting down because the safety mechanism was activated. If the surface is not perfectly flat, such as an I-beam that has a crown, you need to make sure the magnet is not affected. Placing the magnet to one side and not over the crown will give better results. The use of a swivel-base magnetic drill might help in this situation.

If the surface is heavily rusted or covered with paint, especially epoxy, the magnet may not obtain good holding power. Special care must be taken to ensure proper magnet adhesion. The proper, well-sharpened cutting tool may help in this situation because it may put less stress on the magnet while making the hole. Or this may be a good time to step up to cobalt or carbide cutting tools.

Using a safety chain or strap is critical in the event of a loss of power (see Figure 4) or if the drill safety circuitry shuts itself down because it will ensure the drill does not fall on or injure you.

Coolant Extends Cutter Life

Proper use of coolant is essential to good cutting tool life and drill performance. Many magnetic drills come equipped with gravity-feed coolant systems, while others have arbors with internal coolant reservoirs. Coolant for annular cutters should be high lubricity-low viscosity.

If a drill is not equipped with a through-the-tool coolant system, you should never just squirt coolant on the cutter because it will just spin off during drilling instead of getting to the cutting teeth where it is needed. In this instance, a good stick lube placed on the cutting teeth will do the job. Stick lube is a waxy substance that will adhere to the teeth of the cutting tool and will last for one hole. It should always be used when drilling in the horizontal and overhead positions.

For deep-hole drilling, a pressurized coolant system will perform the best and help to extend tool life. Running cutters dry builds up excessive heat, shortens tool life, and possibly results in an inferior hole.

Figure 3: Magnetic drills with a swivel base can be useful tools. Models that don’t require adjustment tools to use the swivel are the most user-friendly.

Operation Tips

Once you have selected the right tool for the job, set up properly, and figured out your coolant needs, you are ready to commence hole-making with the magnetic drill. These tips can help you avoid excessive downtime.

If you don’t value fast tool change more than extended tool life, use two set screws to secure the cutter firmly and ensure rigidity of the cutting tool. This helps to prolong tool life and produce better holes.

Use a pilot because it helps to line up the cutter to the hole’s centerpoint. More important, it directs the coolant flow to the cutting teeth. It also aids in ejecting the slug at the end of the cut.

Use the right cutter for the application. Annular cutters are material-specific, and using the right cutter will result in optimal tool life. Although many tool manufacturers supply data on what types to use with specific material, consult with the cutting tool manufacturer when in doubt. In some cases, the manufacturer may suggest a custom tool, such as an extended-reach cutter for deep-hole drilling.

Carbide cutters are useful for extending tool life or drilling in extremely hard material. However, remember that they must be run two to three times faster than ordinary Mcutters. If you’re using an older drill model, chances are it will not generate the proper RPMs to reap the benefits of using carbide.

When drilling two or more stacked plates or a bridge structure that has double-layered steel, always specify a cutter with stack cut tooth geometry. Using a standard annular cutter requires stopping the drill after each plate is cut to remove the slug. Stack cut cutters cut inside/out, rather than outside/in, so the slug doesn’t get caught. Drilling the same hole in several plates using stack cut cutters increases productivity rates.

A major cause of broken or prematurely dull annular cutters is a slow feed rate. A firm, aggressive, and steady feed pressure throughout the cut, where you can hear the motor work but not overly labored, results in a good hole and long tool life provided coolant and the proper cutter are also employed. A good feed rate also will result in a healthy chip coming up out of the flute, keeping the cutting teeth free to do their job.

When the hole is finished, you should see a good birdnest on the cutter. A slow feed rate results in a thin chip that can start to break up and pack up in the flutes. This either slows down or stops the cutting action and possibly could destroy a cutter.

A dull cutter also has a tendency to lift the magnet, which can lead to a broken cutter. If the cutting action is diminished, sharpen or replace the cutter. Pecking the cutter also breaks up the chips instead of working them up the flutes, causing the same problems.

Some operators try to “horse” the cutter through the material by applying too much pressure. They think they are cutting faster, when really they are not because as they load up the machine, the RPMs decline, and metal removal rates and RPMs go hand in hand. The slower the cutter turns, the more the metal removal rate diminishes. Listen to the motor, and let the machine and cutting tool do the work.

Figure 4: A safety chain ensures the magnetic drill is not damaged or the operator injured should the electricity cut off. Such precautions can prevent expensive losses. One contractor rehabbing a bridge in New York lost a majority of the 40 drills being used when a power failure occurred and the drills ended up in the East River.

If you are cutting stainless steel, three things need to happen:

Make sure the slug ejects at the end of the cut. Drills with a positive slug ejection feature accomplish this automatically. Spring ejection systems do work, but are not as reliable. For example, the cutting action generates heat, resulting in a slight expansion of the slug that could cause it to get caught in the tool. Removal of a slug can be time-consuming, and you run the risk of breaking the cutter while trying to remove the slug. Remember, the edge of the slug is very sharp, so handle with care.

After completing a hole, clear away chips and excessive coolant from the work surface, particularly when making additional holes. Also check the coolant level and cutter condition and make sure the slug is ejected.

Good Maintenance Can Extend Drill and Tool Life

When all else fails, read the instructions. They will provide good maintenance procedures for you to follow.

Additionally, some good, commonsense advice should be followed continuously.

The coolant system is essential to tool life and should be checked for coolant flow and possible obstructions. It is also a good practice to periodically check if the safety system is working properly. If a drill’s magnet breaks loose while cutting because the safety system is faulty, a serious operator injury could happen. Some operators have been known to attempt to override a drill’s safety system; this is not only dangerous, but usually voids a warranty.

The magnet’s surface can wear and lose its flatness from sliding around during everyday operation. The front and back can begin to curve or chips can get embedded. The magnet may need to be surface-ground periodically to restore flatness.

Obviously, power cord and electrical switch conditions need to be checked as well.

The FABRICATOR

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Features: 

Durable Construction: We love the design and construction of this benchtop drill press. It is proof that manufacturers can build highly durable power tools for not much money. There is a rich integration of cast-iron and steel making it very durable. And it feels solid.

Premium Quality: SKIL’s attention to detail in this unit is commendable. The knobs and switches feel premium. The laser beam gives excellent view on the drill hole without being too overbearing to the user. It feels great in operation.

Tilting: The press can be effectively tilted to both the right and the left at exactly 45-degrees. It does so very intuitively and does not require a lot of effort.

3-year Benchtop Warranty: SKIL offers a pretty solid 3-year manufacturer warranty on this unit. You will have peace of mind with this unit.

The SKIL 3320-0is not suited for drilling large holes. Some consumers have noticed a wobbling when operating at high speeds.

Pros: 

Low Power Consumption: If you occasionally use a drill press and care about energy consumption, this unit should fulfil that desire.

Good Construction: It uses ABS plastic for the covers and cast-iron for the main construction. The main bit is steel, of course.

Manufacturer Warranty: It is not much, but the 1-year manufacturer warranty brings some peace of mind for at least a whole year.

Lightweight: At only 12.2lbs, this mini drill press is one of the lightest we reviewed.

Little power for heavy-duty drilling. Variable speed control is iffy and the drill spins too fast for sensitive drilling at 8500RPM.

Performance

The term used to qualify the power of a drill press is horsepower. Rightly so, as it delivers a lot of torque at the bit that can perforate almost anything – given the appropriate bit is used. A stationary drill press will deliver power that a portable drill cannot.

Understandably so, as the motor of the drill press is one of the heaviest part of the unit. It is something that cannot be put in a portable drill and used in a meaningful and practical way.

Accuracy: 

When it comes to drilling, there are no other power tools that can drill as accurately as a drill press. Since the drill bit is stationary, all that is required is to properly align the material and you will get standard drills.

Additionally, the best woodworking drill press can be tilted so as to deliver not only perpendicular perforations, but also angular drills of varying degrees depending on the unit’s abilities.

How to Use a Drill Press

Here are some tips and tricks on how to use the drill press in the most efficient manner possible.

Perform a Diameter Test: Before starting production work, perform a test on the material with your drill bit. You will see if the drill along with the particular setting is ideal for it. You will be amazed how inefficient a drill press retrofitted with a metal bit can do to wood.

Quill Depth: Make sure you know the exact hole depth you want and adjust the height of the quill accordingly. You will need to take into account the quill depth of the drill press – as they all vary from model to model. Once you know the quill depth, you will get a standard hole of the exact same depth for every drill you make.

Lubrication: Most people skip this part, but it is important to lubricate the drill bit when perforating tough material like metal. Easily available liquid like water should suffice. This is especially important if you have to perform a lot of drilling, as it may damage the bit.

Secure Clamping: Whenever you are using the drill press, make sure you securely clamp the material to the table. You do not want any give or your accuracy and the quality of the drilling will suffer.

Security: When not in use, disconnect the power tool from the main instead of simply turning it off. A drill press can be a terrible hazard if not handled properly by a qualified user. Many models even come with a keyed chuck. Use it!

Calibration: You will need to perform regular calibration of the drill press. The laser guided system (if it has one) might become astray and give you wrong marking. To ensure you always get the most accurate drilling result, calibrate your laser sight often.

Technical Specification

The technical aspects of a drill press are one of the factors you must consider while purchasing any such tool. Since it’s technical tool so there should be technical specifications that could help in your job. Technical specifications like motor power, drill speed, quill travel, etc. has great significance in choosing the best press drill for your project.

WEN 4208-Inch Speed Drill Press

The technical specifications of this product make it quite convenient to use even for a beginner. Its better than hand-held drill and it can accommodate a variety of objects. Its spindle travel is inches and it has 1/horsepower induction motor with ball bearings to add longevity. Though as compared to other drill presses its pretty entry level but these entire technical specifications make this product very easy to use and can help the user move through the tasks quickly.

WEN 42Drill Press with Laser, 10-Inch:  This product is kind of full package when it comes to technical specifications. Its 3.amp powerful motor is enough strong to handle DIY tasks on daily basis. It also has five speed settings between 570rpm and 3050rpm. These settings allow the users to have a technical benefit of finding the right speed for the project. Moreover, it has an X-pattern laser that works wonderfully to facilitate precise drilling. WEN 42reviews have faded the magic of WEN 420to a great extent, since its more advanced version.

WEN 42112-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press : This press drill is offering one of the best experiences to its users by advancements in its technology. Its LED readout displays the running speed. The spindle travel you can expect from this drill press is 3.12inches. Its speed and motor hp are even greater than WEN 42DRILL PRESS WITH LASER, 10- Inch. These technological advancements have taken the drill press industry to new heights. Users can expect ease of use and amazing speed from this product.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Benchtop Drill Presses wisely! Good luck!

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