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In-Depth Review: SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench

Summary

SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench
90 %
Review

I don't recommend using this time for fine or heavy-duty drilling, but it's perfectly serviceable for general use. This inexpensive drill press performs as much as you'd expect. If you want something a little stronger, buy something above the $100 mark, all the way to the heavyweight drill presses that cost between $300 and $1,000. When you use for what it's supposed to be used for (general drilling and jewelry drilling), it's an excellent investment for your money.

We Like

  • The SE 97511MDP uses three speed modes, which are 5,000 RPM, 6,500 RPM, and 8,500 RPM.
  • The package includes a 6-millimeter chuck key and three wrenches.
  • As advertised, it's perfect for use by hobbyists and jewelers in light of its specs.
  • It's fast enough to drill hole in jewelry but not too strong as to make them crumble to dust.
  • Amazingly affordable. One of the cheapest drill presses with built-in drills available.
  • It's a most excellent mini drill press for small hole drilling, which is the best for jewelers.

We Don't Like

  • Not recommended for fine drilling.
  • It's low-powered but high-speed.

Introduction

The drill press—which is also known by the names of pedestal drill, bench drill, and pillar drill—is a type of drill that allows you to press down the drill unto a work surface to ensure hole accuracy and even spacing between holes. Ordinary handheld power drills require you to hold onto the drill and estimate where to drill and how deep you've gone. A drill press enables you to drill efficiently without tiring your arms and legs after prolonged use.

It's the table saw equivalent of the drill power tool in that it has a column, base, and table for the work piece you want to work on. This is the tool you should get your hands on if you wish to do accurate and controlled drilling that's worthy of a factory assembly line. You're less likely to drill askew or misaligned holes with this drill because it uses laser guides, precise locations, depth stops, and controlled drilling action.

Human error is definitely reduced with the introduction of the drill press because all you really need to do is press the drill and pay attention to your measurements in order to facilitate repeatable and accurate drilling every time. This is in contrast to hand drills that require you to use a pencil to mark where you're supposed to drill and your arms and hands to keep the drill steady as you bore holes, which makes you more open to potential mistakes.

Who Is It For?

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press was specifically made for jewelers and hobbyists. Drill presses in general are made for mechanics, machinists, metal workers, and (most especially) woodworkers. Mini drill presses make smaller holes for smaller work pieces that are compact and dense, so they need a higher RPM or top speed to allow for penetration while still maintaining a lower torque and horsepower to avoid shattering the work piece or inducing loads of shakiness from a lighter design.

A drill can also be used to create or drill holes into miniature car parts for RC toy cars and helicopters. They can also be used by tool makers to create tools that require holes in them. However, in order to deal with metalworking for metalworkers and mechanics, you need drills that have a stronger torque and horsepower, a high enough speed, and a heavyset base and stand to withstand all that pressure and spin from the powerful motor.

Woodworkers are the most common users of drills because unlike with metal or plastic materials, most drills can bore clean holes on most wooden work pieces. The vast majority of drill presses can double as woodworking drills, especially those with variable drilling speeds or RPM. Just raise or lower the speed in accordance to the grade of the wood and you're good to go.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Have?

All drill presses worth their salt should have the following benefits.

  • Your Drill Press Should Be Accurate

Your drill press should live and die by its accuracy. A hand drill will suffice if all you want to do is make holes on wood. However, if you value the precision and even spacing of every hole, you need something as steady, balanced, and easy to use as a drill press. Accuracy can be further determined by the presence of lasers, gauges, and measurement tools.

  • Your Drill Press Should Be Fast

The speed of your drill press determines what sort of materials you can drill through. Speed is controlled by a lever or knob that allows you to shift gears (like in a car). Some drills, however, only have one speed. Lower speeds are for softer materials that crumble easily. Higher speeds are for harder materials that can't be penetrated by anything under 1,000 RPM and above.

  • Your Drill Press Should Be Powerful

The horsepower or torque of your drill also determines what sort of materials you can penetrate. The stronger your motor, the easier it is for your drill to penetrate through harder materials like dense hardwood or thick metals even if you don't necessarily have a high rotation per minute rate. The torque makes up for the lack of speed.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press

Before buying a drill press, consider the following.

  • How Multipurpose Is Your Drill Press?

A drill is responsible for one thing, which is to create clean holes unto work pieces and other materials. A drill press, on the other hand, is responsible for mainly drilling holes that are repeatable, evenly spaced, evenly distributed, evenly deep, and accurate. A product like this can turn multipurpose by having features like variable speed and beveling work tables so that you can work with wood, metal, and plastic.

  • How Specialized Is Your Drill Press?

Drill specialization, on the other hand, allows you to get the best possible drill press for a given job rather than having a jack-of-all-trades kind of drill that is a master of none. Some drill presses work best with woodworking alone. Other drills that are heavier or faster with their speed can penetrate through copper, aluminum, and mild steel, allowing you to do metalworking jobs.

  • How Safe Is Your Drill Press?

Drill press safety is manifested through how well-made the product is (so that it won't fail or tear itself apart, leading you to injury) and how well-designed it is (so that your hand or fingers will never get anywhere near the drill itself, minimizing your potential risks). Some drill presses come complete with hand guards, tool-less replacement of drill bits, and simplified user-friendly functionality.

Product Details

SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench

Description

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press meets all the standards of a general purpose woodworking drill press as well as a specialty miniature jeweler drill press. For a mini jeweler drill press, it has an ample work area dimension of 6 by 6 inches and base dimensions of 6⅝ by 6⅝ inches. It's perfect for boring tiny holes into jewelry as well as drilling adequately sized holes in wooden work pieces. It even has three variable speeds of 5,000 RPM, 6,500 RPM, and 8,500 RPM as well as a 6-millimeter chuck key and three wrenches for easy assembly and drill bit changing.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.1 x 17.1 inches
  • Item Weight: 12 pounds
  • Top Speed: 8,500 RPM
  • Horsepower: ¼ HP
  • Voltage: 110 volts

Features & Benefits

  • Motor Strength and Speed

Because it's made for jewelry drilling, you need a good combination of torque and speed. Too much torque can shatter even diamonds (since diamonds are hard but brittle) but too little torque means you can penetrate through anything. A ¼ HP motor for speeds of 5,000, 6,500, and 8,500 is enough to drill through most wood stock and jewelry (but apparently not copper).

  • Dead-On Accuracy Insurance

Aside from the laser guide crosshairs and depth stops, you can expect extra position care of the chuck, quill, and spindle. This is because the spindle is quite smooth and there's no noticeable quill play as well. You're always within a hairline of a target or less than thousandth of an inch if you were to miss with barely any deflection on your dial indicator.

  • Mobility and Cost-Effectiveness

For something so small yet so fast in terms of RPM, you're really getting more bang out of your buck for this less than $100 investment because its smallness won't result in vibration problems because of the balancing act between horsepower and speed. It's faster than the top speed of heavier drill press machinery plus it's as mobile as a microscope.

Pros

  • The motor provides a quarter of an HP of power and can go from 5,000 RPM to 6,500 RPM to 8,500 RPM.
  • It has necessary instead of superfluous accessories like the 6-millimeter chuck key or the three wrenches.
  • For a mini drill, you have an adequate 6 -by-6 -inch work area to work with. The base dimensions are also stable at a size of 6⅝ by 6⅝ inches.
  • You can go as deep as 6 millimeters or nearly ¼ of an inch. The drill height can go as high as 7½ inches.
  • The spindle can travel for about an inch.

Cons

  • Not powerful enough to drill through copper and it's a bit too small for something that can go up to 8,500 RPM.
  • Head adjustment is difficult, the quill is a bit jerky, and the spindle gear lowering mechanism is rough.

Alternative Choices

Here are some alternatives to the SE 97511MDP Drill Press.

1) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press is a little bigger than the SKIL 3320-01 even though it advertises itself as a mini drill press while the SKIL claims to be a normal sized one. However, there's definitely a discrepancy in terms of weight. The SE unit only weighs 12 pounds while the SKIL unit weighs at least four times than that at 52.2 pounds.

However, despite of this, the SKIL 3320-01 still has a slower top speed of 3,050 RPM versus the whopping 8,500 RPM of the SE 97511MDP. So they're the same size, the SKIL is heavier, and the SE is faster. They even share motor strength. If you want more stability behind your drill press, SKIL is the way to go. However, SE provides better specs for a more lightweight unit (although it takes a hit at the ratings).

2) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press is smaller than the WEN 4214 by a couple of inches but outweighed by even more than the SKIL 3320-01 at 89 pounds. However, even at its slowest, the three-speed SE 97511MDP is always faster than the WEN 4214 Drill Press, which can only go up to 3,200 RPM. The SE is also cheaper than the WEN, costing less than $100 versus costing almost $200.

The WEN 4214 is however the second fastest drill press of them all and it delivers more torque per rotation at ⅔ HP (versus the ¼ HP of both the SKIL and WEN units), so even at 3,200 RPM it could probably drill through copper. It even comes with an LED light, laser guide, and LED digital readout to boot, so it has earned its 4.4-star rating in every way possible.

3) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press is several inches smaller than the Grizzly G7943 but it's not like it's half the size of the drill press. The thing that makes the G7943 feel like it's built like the grizzly bear version of a drill press isn't so much its size but its weight of 250 pounds. To give you perspective on how heavy that is, this unit weighs more than Mike Tyson during his prime fighting form. It's built like an anvil with a drill on it but it's just fast enough at 3,050 RPM (but still slower than the SE unit).

Meanwhile, the SE 97511MDP is more like a low-powered but high-speed version of a drill press that you can store, move, and pack with you for usage in woodworking detailing and jewelry creation. The SE has a high 8,500 RPM you'd expect the heavier Grizzly unit would have, but the Grizzly can go 12 speed modes, which ensures greater versatility compared to the SE's 3 speed modes. With that said, the $80 97511MDP outdoes the $350 G7943 in terms of price for sure.

4) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

Yet again, like the rest of the drill presses on this list, the SE 97511MDP Drill Press has a faster top speed of 8,500 RPM versus the 3,100 RPM of the Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press. At the same time, the Craftsman unit weighs 61 pounds versus the 12 pounds of the more lightweight SE unit. However, curiously enough, the heavier Craftsman Bench Drill Press is smaller than the SE Mini Drill Press and it has a laser sight guide to boot.

Technically, in terms of size, the Craftsman Drill Press is the true miniature drill press compared to its SE counterpart if only it weighed far less. It has a weight that's closer to the 52.2-pound SKIL 3320-01, to be honest. Also, it has a better rating than the SE drill press at 4.2 stars. Then again, the $80 SE 97511MDP has half of the cost of the $160 Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press, so choose which one has the better quality versus the price.

5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

In terms of pricing, you can buy ten or more $80 SE 97511MDP Drill Presses for one $1,000 Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press. The Delta unit is the heaviest drill press on this list, with it outweighing the 250-pound Grizzly G7943 by about 11 pounds. However, the Delta also has the slowest top speed at 3,000 RPM, so again it's unusual to see the significantly lighter and smaller SE 97511MDP have the higher drill speed of 8,500 RPM.

However, considering the raw power and stability of this monstrosity of a drill press that probably requires help to be moved around, maybe possessing 8,500 RPM of speed is overkill for it. At any rate, the SE 97511MDP edges out the Delta 18-900L in terms of ratings by about a 0.1-star difference at the time of this writing, but this is subject to change in short notice. The SE has less power than the Delta, but the Delta might be too expensive for you to even consider.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Price

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

The Final Cut

The SE 97511MDP Drill Press is one of the cheapest (but not necessarily low-grade) drill presses you can get your hands on with a speed rate that's unheard of in exclusively woodworking or even metalworking presses. Its 8,500 RPM top speed is tempered by its ¼-HP motor so that even when it spins its fastest the petit 12-pound drill press won't end up shaking uncontrollably. It's compact and lightweight but has a high RPM for the sake of making smaller holes on smaller gems. It caters specifically to a niche of specialty users since many other drills out-power its motor.

In-Depth Review: SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Summary

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press
90 %
Review

The SKIL 3320-01 10-Inch Drill Press with Laser is a machine you avail of if you wish to have better drilling precision with a stable base. It's better than handheld alternatives because it won't tire out your arm from holding it up for extended periods of time. What's more, as a drill press user for woodworking, I make full use of this accurate driller for various applications because it has a laser guide to let me know where the hole is supposed to go and drill bits that can drill through the hardest of hardwoods or the softest of softwoods without damaging itself or the rest of the work piece.

We Like

  • The SKIL 3320-01 has a half-inch keyed chuck allows easy loosening and tightening of the jaws for the drill bit.
  • This versatile drill runs at five speeds. It can go as low as 570 RPM and as high as 3,050 RPM.
  • You can do accurate repetitive drilling plus precise measurements and depths thanks to its adjustable depth stop.
  • You can tilt the drill press's work surface from the left to the right at 0° to 45°.
  • You can align the hole precisely thanks to its laser beam light.

We Don't Like

  • It's a starter drill press that you will eventually outgrow as you get better at drilling.

Introduction

Known also as the pedestal drill, pillar drill, or bench drill, the drill press is something you can use in order to ensure stable and controllable drilling every time with the assistance of a work surface and a solid base. Rather than depend on your arm strength and ability to hold something steady for a lengthy period of time, the table press setup allows you to accurately drill work pieces at precise locations without the hole ending up askew, misaligned, or inaccurately shallow or deep.

Human error and the rule of thumb isn't needed with a device that's essentially numerically accurate (some drill presses are even digital). Your drill press can either be a bench-top or tabletop power tool with a built-in drill or a more affordable stand wherein you're supposed to equip or insert the hand drill unto it, transforming what was once a hand tool into a press in an instant.

The former choice makes sense if you wish to have a separate hand drill from the drill press, but the latter choice enables you to save more money and make use of hand drills you've already bought. What's more, your work piece is held steadily by clamps or moved like in a factory assembly line with a conveyor belt thanks to the presence of the wide work surface. You're also able to convey the power of the drill better with this press setup.

Who Is It For?

Mainly woodworkers make use of the drill press, followed by mechanics, machinists, and metal workers. Specifically, you have your timber borers, construction workers, furniture builders, carpenters, DIY homeowners, and hobbyists getting the most bang out of their buck when buying a drill press of an impressive caliber.

The drill is capable of drilling through various work pieces made of wood, metal, or plastic. It helps facilitate the creation of tables, chairs, cabinets, drawers, armoires, and much more as well as making parts of a machine (or at least boring holes into said parts) for fixing factory equipment or various vehicles. Drilling holes in wood is one of the standard tasks of a woodworker.

It's a common job that's right up there with cutting wood to the right size with the appropriate saw so that they could fit with each other. They might be bigger than hand drills and look like microscopes, but their heaviness ensures a steady grip on the drill as it does its job. It also allows you to drill faster and with no hesitation because it automatically shifts from one hole to the next at even distances every time.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Have?

All drill presses worth their salt should have the following benefits.

  • Precision

A drill press is supposed to be as precise as possible. Boring holes on wood usually requires just a hand drill or power drill. However, in order to ensure accuracy without a measuring tape or a pencil on hand, it's best to go the route of the drill press because it assures you precision depths, widths or hole size, calibration, and the like. Furniture that's not made by an abstract artist should have perfectly aligned or squared hole placement to ensure stability.

  • Strength

The strength of the drill motor determines whether your drill can bore through tough materials using fewer rotations. The rotations per minute won't matter that much if they're done lightly or not strong enough. You need enough mustard after every drilling movement to truly bore through dense or hard wood without breaking the work piece surface or ruining your drill.

  • Fastness

Quickness or fastness of the drill press is judged by its different speed variations and its top speed. A slower rotation is perfect for bigger pieces and wider holes while a more intense or quick RPM rate is perfect for smaller work pieces that are made of sterner materials that a more tepid speed cannot penetrate at all. Some drills only offer one top speed while others offer much more than that to allow you to drill through more stuff.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press

Before buying a drill press, consider the following.

  • How functional is your drill press?

Drill press functionality refers to its many features and applications. Although their largeness and heaviness can be considered somewhat of a downside, it's also true that they offer superior vibration-free stability and an assembly-line type of efficiency when it comes to helping you make all sorts of furniture and structures, from chairs to birdhouses as well as awnings and sheds.

  • How versatile is your drill press?

As for versatility, you can always depend on a drill that provides varying speeds to cater to varying materials for your wood drilling necessities. It's the kind of press you buy in order to cover for various jobs related to metalworking, woodworking, and drilling through any work piece with unbeatable precision. You can also employ various drilling techniques or drill in an angled fashion thanks to all the options available on this machine.

  • How safe is your drill press?

Drill safety is also important, and it's most apparent by the way the drill press is built, the manner by which it drills holes on the work pieces it's presented with, and by the safety features included in the unit. A drill press that has gone through rigid quality control is safer to use than something with poor quality assurance. Ditto with a drill that's made to be as user-friendly as possible, from replacing drill bits to shifting from one speed to the next.

Product Details

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Description

The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is the perfect drill press for the professional 9-to-5 carpenter or the hobbyist DIY woodworker. It's because it's an accurate drill press that comes complete with its own X2 2-Beam Laser that allows for precision placement and alignment of the drill as well as depth stops for the holes.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Item Weight: 52.2 pounds
  • Top Speed: 3,050 RPM
  • Horsepower: ¼ HP
  • Voltage: 120 volts

Features & Benefits

  • Laser Guide

The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is a laser-guided drill thanks to its X2 2-beam laser that precisely shows where the hole is, allowing for easier adjustment and alignment that ensures consistently spaced drilling every time.

  • Accessories

The package includes a chuck key, two AA batteries, a cast iron base, a work table, and a drill press motor unit that's built into the press rather than a compatible hand drill that's sold separately.

  • Five Speeds

Its variable speed system doesn't limit you to work with just one material or wood hardness grade. You should be able to cleanly drill through metal, wood, plastic, and so forth with this drill press by shifting from one speed to the next.

  • Tilting Table and ½-Inch Keyed Chuck

The keyed chuck accepts larger bits for cutting and woodworking by simply adjusting it in accordance to the work piece you're dealing with. Meanwhile, the large square work surface that supports huge pieces of stock can be tilted from zero to forty-five degrees for angled drilling action.

Pros

  • Varying speeds of 750 RPM at its lowest and 3,050 RPM at its highest allow you to drill holes efficiently through many materials without destroying the work piece.
  • Its decent ¼-HP motor with a rating of 120 volts and an amperage of 3.2 amps enables penetration of the toughest work pieces out there
  • The ½-inch chuck size enables efficient keyed chuck adjustment and replacement of the drill bit.
  • The 7⅝-inch table can tilt from 0° to 45°, allowing drilling of the largest work pieces that can be adjusted as a tilted angle as required by the job.
  • The drill is certified by cSAus and has the drill on center measurement of 10 inches to boot.

Cons

  • Some of the drills arrive with faults such as broken bases and short-lived motor.
  • Several customers claim the drill is cheaply made.

Alternative Choices

1) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

The WEN 4214 is bigger than the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press, so it's therefore heavier. Whether this is a good or a bad thing on the WEN drill press's part is up to you to decide. Do you want a drill press that's more compact but heavier to carry around with the promise of absolute stability at a higher RPM or do you want a smaller and lighter unit instead?

With great bigness comes higher RPM. The WEN 4214 also outdoes the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press in terms of its top speed, which is at 3,200 versus the SKIL's 3,050 RPM. The WEN unit truly is a heavyweight in terms of speed, strength, and size. Only the Delta drill press is able to outdo it in terms of size (but not in speed since the Delta 18-900L can only go up to 3,000 RPM.

2) SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists

The SE 97511MDP might have an unpromising Amazon.com score, but that could go up and down at any time while its positive specs are forever. It's the third highest-rated drill press of the five alternatives, at the very least. What's more, it compares favorably with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press. It's the lightest of all the drill presses on this article at 12 pounds.

It's also the fastest drill press for something so light with its 8,500 RPM. Just take note that a higher RPM or speed doesn't imply that it's the most powerful drill of the bunch just that it's capable of making the drill bit spin at an even faster rate. This general purpose drill press also features a maximum drill capacity of 6 millimeters, a maximum drill height of 7½ inches, and variable speeds of 5,000 RPM, 6,500 RPM, and 8,500 RPM.

3) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

The 250-pound Grizzly G7943 is only outdone in terms of weight by the Delta 18-900L. They incidentally share the same rating at Amazon.com. As its name suggests, the Grizzly is as heavy-duty and powerful as a grizzly bear, with it capable of delivering heavyweight caliber performances with its 3,050 RPM (which is the same top speed found in the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press).

Actually, you can almost consider the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press as a smaller and lighter version than the truly heavy Grizzly G7943 (which weighs as much as some heavyweight boxers or wrestlers). Compared to the WEN 4214 Drill Press, it's much larger in some dimensions and lighter than others. However, the WEN drill press has more speed at 3,200 RPM and a wide variety of speed. Compared to the heavier 260-pound Delta, it's about 50 RPM faster.

4) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

Like with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press, the Craftsman 10-Inch Bench Drill Press also features a laser guide in the form of the Laser Trac. Its LED light is more useful for seeing what you're doing than its laser guide (the SKIL laser is superior in that it actually helps you predict where the hole will appear after the drilling is done). It compares not-so-favorably with the superior WEN 4214 Drill Press.

Although it weighs less than the WEN unit at 61 pounds (the 4214 weighs 89 pounds) for superior mobility, WEN still delivers a drill press that offers 100 RPM more than the Craftsman's 3,100 RPM. The smaller bench drill is also outdone in terms of ratings. As for the SKIL 3320-01, the Craftsman drill press is still smaller and a little lighter but it outdoes the SKIL unit with its 3,200 RPM (versus 3,050 RPM).

5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

This $1,000 drill press mostly gets its expensiveness for its 261-pound weight. As the heaviest drill press on this list (even when you include the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press), the Delta 18-900L is practically immovable. Shaking and instability is the last thing you have to worry about this anvil of a drill press, but it obviously offers downsides such as heaviness and difficulty in mobility.

With that said, it's outdone by its fellow heavyweight Grizzly G7943 in terms of RPM but not in size. The Grizzly is half the size of Delta, but somehow Grizzly is only outweighed by Delta by 10 or so pounds, which means Delta has better weight distribution over a bigger frame. As for the SKIL 3320-01, both drills have laser guides but the SKIL unit has a faster RPM at 3,050 RPM compared to the 3,000 RPM of the Delta unit.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Price

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists

Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

The Final Cut

The SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is an impressive product in its own in light because other comparable drill presses cost $100 to $200 or even all the way to $1,000, so it's well-within the recommended price for drill presses with built-in drills that are part of the unit rather than a hand drill you attach to an empty stand so that you can transform it into a drill press.

It further justifies its pricing with the inclusion of a laser guide. It also has loads of extras like the guide light and the fact that keeps up with the current standards of a quality drill press. However, it could've gotten a way better rating in light of its competition. If you want something that enables you to drill through wood with the consistency of a factory assembly line, you won't go wrong with the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press.

In-Depth Review: WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

Summary

WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press
90 %
Review

I like this drill press. It's nice and simple. Its simplicity is mostly due to its low cost. Rather than being cheap and low-grade, it's cheap and high-grade for a drill press of its price, which is certainly a pleasant surprise. It works amazingly when it comes to machining 6016 aluminum for the sake of finishing lower AR receivers.

We Like

  • One of the best drill presses for the money.
  • The powerful 120-volt, ⅓-HP motor translates its strength well to the drill.
  • You can control the drill completely since you can switch from 5 different speeds.

We Don't Like

  • Certain more expensive drill presses with bigger tables and more powerful motors outdo the WEN 4208 by leaps and bounds.

Introduction

The drill press (also known as the bench drill, pillar drill, or pedestal drill) is the power tool version of a hand drill the same way a chainsaw or table saw is the power tool version of a handsaw. The drill press is best used for controlled and accurate drilling of an object or thing, especially when you want it as a precise location so as not to end up with something misaligned or askew. This is something that's harder to do with a hand drill because human error and the rule of thumb can get in the way of getting something numerically accurate.

The drill press is composed of a table supported by a column that in turn is supported by a base. A motor-powered drill sits atop the whole contraption that drills in ways that are more precise and incremental than manual drill while at the same time enjoying the weight, balance, and stability of a base and column. The head containing the motor is in turn supported by the column as well. This motor spins the spindle at speeds controlled by a dial that the user can adjust accordingly.

This spindle supports a drill chuck that holds the cutting tools, which includes deburring tools, center drills, drill bits, and so forth. It also includes hold-down clamps or vises and the table could have its height adjusted through a lift crank with table lock or it could instead be swiveled away in case you need to deal with a huge work piece that had to be supported by the base directly.

Who Is It For?

A drill press is something used by woodworkers, metal workers, machinists, and mechanics. This drill can drill through wooden work pieces for furniture creation or parts of a machine for the sake of fixing vehicles or factory equipment. One of the most important jobs of a woodworker is drilling holes in wood (as well as cutting them with the appropriate saw).

The drill press is one of many implements that carpenters and hobbyists use to drill holes accurately. Hand drills may require less storage and showcase effectiveness in immediate drilling, but if you want your chair, cabinet, or shelf to work with the proper measurements without after-the-fact adjustment so as not to waste timber or wood, then the stable and accuracy of the drill press in terms of woodworking cannot be matched.

The drill press lacks the precision problems of the hand drill or even the power drill, plus it's also easier to use when all is said and done. In fact, you can make the case that the drill press is the drill equivalent of the table saw. It features a heavy base and table that allows mobile work pieces to be cut, while power tools like the band saw or jigsaw as well as the power drill are best used on work pieces that are too big to fit unto their stationary counterparts.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Have?

All drill presses worth their salt should have the following benefits.

  • Accuracy

If you just want to bore holes into wood, a hand drill will suffice. If you instead wish to add a dimension of accurate calibration, widths, depths, and so forth to whatever structure you're attempting to build, then the drill press is the way to go. Woodwork requires precision drilled holes with even spaces between them, especially structures that are more complicated than a wooden box or a birdhouse.

  • Speed

A drill press should work quickly as well. The speed of an average drill press is typically variable, but you can get a much cheaper drill by having it go just one speed (at the expense of limiting its applications). You should also be able to limit its depths and angles in an automated fashion so that you won't have to worry about mistakes.

  • Power

Naturally, your drill should have enough power to drill holes on even the hardest and densest of hardwoods without it ending up wearing down your drill bit sooner rather than later because it's not spinning with enough strength. It requires less effort to use a drill press compared to a handheld power drill, especially on the hands. Also, the more power you have the larger the drill bits you can use.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press

Before buying a drill press, consider the following.

  • Functionality

While drill presses do require more space in order to work, they nevertheless provide better functionality in other areas, such as streamlining the drilling part of furniture making or putting work pieces together. You're also more accurate with your drilling and you can vary speeds to take on different types of woods. Buy a drill press that allows you to work faster.

  • Versatility

Also search for a drill press that allows you to be more versatile when it comes to drilling wood. What this means is that the piece of equipment you ultimately buy should be able to handle all kinds of jobs, different types of drilling techniques, and various types of wood thanks to its settings, specifications, capabilities and benefits.

  • Safety

A woodworkers shouldn't only get a drill press for the sake of assembly line machine accuracy and measured efficiency. He should also find one that's perfectly safe to use. While you can use other tools to do the functions of this equipment, your drill press of choice should be able to do things quicker, easier, and safer than those other pieces of equipment. Its build and workmanship should reassure you of quality results every time.

Product Details

WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

Description

The rugged and strong WEN 4208 Drill Press is able to keep up with its more expensive competition by delivering consistent quality in the form of an 120-volt and 60 hertz induction motor that has ⅓ HP of power and torque and a wide enough work table that has the size of 6½ by 6½ inches. You can accommodate bigger and taller work pieces thanks to the table's height adjustability and the beveling feature that allows it to go 45° allows for more complex drilling action. The drill also has a swing of 8 inches to boot.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 22.9 x 11 inches
  • Item Weight: 38.1 pounds
  • Top Speed: 3,140 RPM
  • Horsepower: ⅓ HP
  • Voltage: 120 volts

Features & Benefits

  • Locking Depth Adjustment

To make your drilled holes evenly spaced and precise, you can use the locking depth adjustment in order to limit the movement of the spindle and control spacing better.

  • ½-Inch Keyed Chuck

The chuck of the WEN 4208 Drill Press accepts ½-inch drill bits so that you can do various drilling applications and jobs because you can shift from a multitude of drill bits and hole sizes to suit your specific needs every time.

  • Onboard Key Storage

The chuck key is immediately accessible to you thanks to the key storage room found right on the machine itself, allowing you to get it whenever there's a need for it every single time.

  • Beveling Worktable

The work table of the WEN 4208 Drill Press can do 45° beveling to the left and right. This will allow you to get the most accurate angular holes required for more advanced woodworking and furniture creation.

Pros

  • The 120-volt, 60-hertz induction motor has a third of a horsepower of power to ensure that it could drill through various materials and thicknesses.
  • The table is big enough to be workable at 6½ by 6½ inches.
  • The table could be beveled up to 45° left and right then adjusted height-wise to accommodate different stock.
  • The swing is eight inches.
  • The spindle moves up to two inches for better flexibility.
  • Readable locking linear depth stops ensures repeatable and precise drilling every time.
  • It operates at different speeds ranging from 740 RPM to 3,140 RPM.
  • Extra accessibility is assured with its onboard key storage and ½-inch keyed chuck.

Cons

  • Small table compared to other drill presses.
  • It tends to bog down.
  • It doesn't index properly.
  • Slow drilling on moderately hard woods.

Alternative Choices

1) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

The only drill heavier than the 250-pound Grizzly G7943 is the 261-pound Delta 18-900L (which coincidentally also share the same customer rating), which means these heavy-duty drill press monsters is heavier than the cruiserweight division of a given boxing or wrestling promotion. In terms of how it compares to the WEN 4208 Drill Press, it is way larger (or at least way taller dimension-wise) and more powerful plus it has a wider variety of speeds.

Granted, its top speed of 3,050 RPM (which is comparable to the top speed of SKIL 3320-01) is way below the 3,140 RPM of the WEN 4208 and the 3,200 RPM of the WEN 4214, but 3,050 RPM for drilling is more than serviceable (plus it has more weight and balance with its every drill work compared to the smaller and probably shakier WEN drill press offerings). This is a heavy-duty rugged drill in every sense of the word that sacrifices mobility for raw strength.

2) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

As for the Craftsman 10-Inch Bench Drill Press, it compares more or less favorably with the WEN 4208 Drill Press despite weighing a little under twice as much as the WEN drill press at 61 pounds versus 38.1 pounds. The WEN 4208 is a little bigger in certain aspects or dimensions and delivers about 40 RPM more than the Craftsman's 3,100 RPM.

Actually, in terms of those specs, the WEN 4208's price totally blows those expensive drill press out of the water. However, there are other specs and conditions to take into consideration, like the Craftsman's twin crosshair laser guide, auto-tensioning belt system, and micro-adjustable depth stops that the WEN lacks, so the Craftsman is probably heavier and more expensive than its lightweight counterpart due to its extra level of accuracy.

3) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

The WEN 4214 is in many ways the heavyweight version of the WEN 4208 Drill Press. The 4214 is the second heaviest drill press on this list. It's also about twice as big (or at least bigger in certain dimensions) as the 4208, which could be a plus or a minus depending on whether you value mobility over a balanced base. The 4214 is also about 60 RPM faster than the 4208, delivering a top speed of 3,200 RPM. 

On the other hand, the WEN 4214 is more than twice as expensive as the 4208. Is the 4214 necessarily twice the drill press as the 4208 to necessitate being double the price as its lighter counterpart? You decide if 60 RPM or the addition of a laser guide is worth the price.

4) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Regarding the SKIL 3320-01, it's lighter than the Craftsman and WEN 4214 but heavier than the WEN 4208 and (definitely) the Dremel 220-01. It's smaller than the Craftsman 10-inch drill press dimension-wise and it's also the second slowest drill press featured on this article with a top speed of 3,050 RPM. It's like a lighter than slower version of the Craftsman, to be honest.

In regards to how it fairs with the WEN 4208, it's too heavy and too slow to really compete. It has a laser guide for hole alignment too, but all its other specs are found in superior drill presses with better sizes or better top speeds. On the other hand, it has a favorable price of about $100 to $130 and more consistent construction than the cheaper 4208, so it has that going for it.

5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

Last but not least is the low-rated Delta 18-900 that got a 3.8-star rating on Amazon.com. Common complaints about this drill include shoddy workmanship, a base that breaks out, and a lack of quality control and/or customer support. Those who do like the Delta 18-900 feel like its expensiveness is justified by its largeness and how its table surface allows for bigger and thicker work pieces to get drilled.

The caveat being that instead of 1% to 5% of the customers complaining about faulty units, there's instead about 12% of all customers giving this drill press a 1-star review (which has clearly dragged its score down). It weighs even more than the average healthy 6-foot-tall American at 261 pounds and it has the slowest top speed at 3,000 RPM, which means its size is literally its best feature for a heavy-duty drill press.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Price

Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

The Final Cut

It's a press that brings out the most out of your investment. It's strong enough for most applications. Just increase the torque as much as possible and the drill press can drill down quite a number of materials.  However, up to a certain point, it might be better to buy a stronger press if you're seeking to do more industrial-level or commercial-grade drilling beyond medium-level hard woods and metals. There are several drill presses that outdo it in the speed or girth department, but like with the Goldilocks story with the Three Bears, its specs are just right. It's not too big, not too slow, and not too shaky. It's the best drill press for your money, in my humble opinion.

In-Depth Review: WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Summary

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press
90 %
Review

The WEN 4214 Drill Press brings me much joy because as a retired carpenter and avid DIY home improvement hobbyist, I get the most bang out of my buck with the $100 to $200 drill press unit. Cost-effectiveness is the name of the game for the WEN 4214, which explains why it's filled with features yet the light isn't the most prominent one on the list (because it offers more than just a standard laser guide versus other drills that are dependent on that "gimmick").

We Like

  • The WEN 4214 Drill Press is the complete package drill press product with its ⅝-inch keyed chuck plus key, table roller extension, mechanical variable speed, and tools for assembly.
  • Its cast-iron worktable has the dimensions of 9½ inches by 9½ inches, so you have plenty of room to work with.
  • The induction motor has ⅔ of an HP of power, ensuring ample torque after every stroke.
  • Variable speed has a range of 580 RPM to 3,200 RPM.

We Don't Like

  • No spindle lock
  • Works great with wood. Mediocre when drilling steel.

Introduction

A drill press can either be a stand that you can insert a hand drill into so that it can be transformed into a stationary drill that looks like a microscope from far away or a stationary press with a built-in drill (or in another point of view, a drill that comes with its own non-detachable stand). A drill press is typically composed of a base that supports a column that supports a table that hold the work piece that is drilled by the drill above it.

It's called a press because you press or pull a lever that in turn lowers the drill to a designated work piece (a la a printing press). Many drill presses enable you to determine the depth with depth stops and automatically ensure even spacing between holes. However, more advanced drills can show you readouts of how fast your drill is going and the exact positioning of the hole through laser or light guides.

The motor-powered drill of a drill press is also a lot more stable than a hand drill because you don't have to brace yourself and hold the drill with your arms to keep it steady. The weight and design of the drill press allows you to get balanced and cleanly bored holes every time with the precision of a computer or a factory assembly line, which is one of the main strengths of this bench-top power tool.

Who Is It For?

The WEN 4214 Drill Press in particular is more of a woodworking tool than a metalworking one, although it is capable of mediocre performance in the latter category in accordance to the reviews it has received. However, drill presses in general can be used by mechanics, woodworkers, machinists, metalworkers, hobbyists, and construction workers. It's most commonly used by woodworkers and most drill presses are marketed for the demographic.

You can create furniture with the evenly spaced holes you can create with this drill or help create holes on certain machine parts to make them fit better on automobiles and heavy machinery. Drilling holes is the second most common woodworking jobs around, right behind cutting wood with a saw. The drill itself is a common implement among carpenters and hobbyist for drilling holes on cabinets, shelves, chairs, and tables.

This former hand tool that was once hand-cranked manually by carpenters of yesteryear for boring purposes has come a long way. It's now easier to use, whether you want to drill surfaces that won't fit on a drill press with a power hand drill or drill accurately, evenly, and perfectly in alignment with a drill press, you have many modern drills that will get you covered in more ways than one.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Have?

Here are the benefits of a drill press.

  • Functionality

The most basic function of a drill is to bore holes on wood. It doesn't end there though. In order to judge the functionality of a drill press, you should be able to know the amount of applications and materials they can bore through. It should also have extra features to ensure drilling accuracy like a laser light guide to enable you to know where you're drilling in advance or a depth stop so that you won't drill too deep.

  • Versatility

The versatility of a drill press is directly related to its functionality. The more useful features a drill press has, the more versatile it ends up because it's able to do more things, like drill through metal, plastic, and different grades of wood as well as drill in varying depths and spacing. The drill should also allow you to do varying drilling techniques. Of course, some assisting functions of a drill won't necessarily make it more versatile, like the light guide.

  • Safety

The safeness of a drill press is apparent in two ways. Number one, the less flimsy the drill is, the less likely you'll end up having an accident with the drill. Number two, the drill press should be designed as safe. Your hands should not need to come anywhere near the drill. You shouldn't end up injured trying to replace drill bits. There should be no design flaws that lead to potential injury.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press

Before buying a drill press, please remember the following.

  • How accurate is your drill press?

A drill press lives and dies by its accuracy. An inaccurate drill press is as useless as an inaccurate ruler. The main appeal and claim to fame of a drill press versus an ordinary power drill that you have to hold steady in order to use is its machine-perfect accuracy that allows you to produce results worthy of a factory assembly line complete with conveyer belt.

  • How fast is your drill press?

A drill press is typically judged by the top rotational speed of the drill (in relation to the power of the motor) and the different variable speeds it has (some can go three speeds, others can go five speeds, and still others only has one speed), whether it's bigger and softer stock at 500 RPM or smaller and denser hardwood at 3,000 RPM and beyond (with some metalworking drills powerful enough to go 8,000 RPM).

  • How powerful is your drill press?

Too much power will result in a work piece, especially a wooden one, to break or crumble. You should just have enough power or torque to enable you to penetrate through a given stock with a clean hole, whether it's ½ HP, ¼ HP, ¾ HP, ⅓ HP, or ⅔ HP. Very rarely does a drill have a full HP of power in light of the materials it penetrates through (excessive force can lead to unnecessary cracks or breaks on the surface of certain materials).

Product Details

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Description

The WEN 4214 Drill Press proves itself as a helpful and powerful variable speed drill press thanks to its ⅔-HP motor that can drill through metal, wood, plastic, and the like (though it mostly drills through wood). On cast iron surfaces, it can drill a ⅝-inch hole. You can also go from 580 RPM to 3,200 RPM depending on whether you're working with mild steel or soft to hard wood. You can shift speeds with a lever turn a la shifting gears on a car plus there's a digital readout keeping track of the speed.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches
  • Item Weight: 89 pounds
  • Top Speed: 3,200 RPM
  • Horsepower: ⅔ HP
  • Voltage: 120 volts

Features & Benefits

  • Guiding Lights

The WEN 4214 has both a laser guide that allows you to aim the drill on where you intend to make a hole and an LED onboard work light that enables you to see what you're doing, especially on irregular work pieces that tend to cast shadows or obscure your view of the drilling action. They work hand-in-hand to guide you to drilling accuracy.

  • Variable Speed and Digital Readout

You can vary the speed from 580 RPM for softer materials and 3,200 RPM for harder and denser materials without cracking the stock or destroying the cleanness of the resulting hole. Meanwhile, the LED screen readout keeps track of how fast your drill is going, making adjustment a breeze.

  • Gauge for Adjustment of Depth and Table Roller Extension

The depth adjustment gauge shows you how far you've adjusted the depth with the knobs in order to limit spindle travel and ensure precision drilling that's repeatable and automated. Meanwhile, your work piece is ensured of full support thanks to the fact that you can extend your table with the table roller extension for about 17 inches.

Pros

  • It has an LED readout display that shows how much speed you're using, which is a feature unique to the WEN 4214 Drill Press.
  • It has a ⅔-HP induction motor that can go from 580 to 3,200 RPM.
  • It's capable of repeatable and precision hole drilling thanks to its many features.
  • Equal torque is offered from one speed range to the next.
  • The beveling or tilting work table is made of cast iron and has a spacious area of 9½ by 9½ inches.

Cons

  • The competing brands have a spindle lock but this one doesn't.
  • The unit works better with wood than with steel, which highlights that it isn't the best metalworking drill press.

Alternative Choices

1) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Right off the bat, ⅔ HP is more than ¼ HP. That means the WEN 4214 is better than the SKIL 3320-01 in terms of overall power and torque. The 4214 is also superior to the 3320-01 in terms of its top speed (3,200 RPM versus 3,050 RPM), weight stability (89 pounds versus 52.2 pounds), and size. However, the SKIL unit is easier to move around than the WEN unit.

The main claim to fame of the SKIL 3320-01 Drill Press is its relative lightness and decent rotational speed that's comparable to even bigger and heavier units like the 261-pound Delta 18-900L (that has a 3,000 RPM top speed) and the 250-pound Grizzly G7943 12 (that has a 3,050 RPM top speed), proving you don't need to be excessively heavy to work excellently speed-wise or size-wise.

2) SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists

The SE 97511MDP is the smaller drill press compared to the WEN 4214 Drill Press. However, it does have superior mobility than the WEN unit by weighing only 12 pounds versus the 89 pounds of the 4214. It's certainly much lighter than the likes of the 61-pound Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill, 250-pound Grizzly G7943, and the 261-pound Delta 18-900L. It's the lightest drill on the list.

What's more, for something so compact and lightweight, it packs a punch in terms of the top rotational speed. It clocks in at 8,500 RPM, which is also many leaps beyond the capabilities of the other drill presses (that all average to around 3,000 RPM, give or take a hundred RPM). Alas, this 3.9-star wonder has the obvious detriments of shaking and vibration when used due to its high RPM and low weight, but this is tempered by having the right amount of horsepower.

3) Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

The Grizzly G7943 lives up to its name by being about as heavy as a grizzly bear (cub) or a human heavyweight boxer at 250 pounds. Only the Delta 18-900L is heavier at 261 pounds. So you might be wondering to yourself why this huge monstrosity of a drill press has only about 3,050 RPM while the smaller SE 97511MDP has the 8,500 RPM when it should be the other way around. It's all about stability to be honest.

In regards to how the Grizzly G7943 compares to the WEN 4214 Drill Press, it compares rather favorably, with an RPM that's only about 150 RPM short than the 89-pound WEN unit. The Grizzly is not much larger than the WEN in some dimensions but larger than the others, but when you add up the area, they occupy the same volume of space probably. At any rate, the Grizzly outdoes the WEN in stability while having similar specs on everything else otherwise.

4) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

The WEN 4214 Drill Press outdoes it in almost every metric imaginable, although it's mostly in slight discrepancies rather than an outright gulf of difference. The Craftsman drill press shares a laser guide feature with the WEN 4214 as well as the LED onboard work light. What's more, even though it weighs less at 61 pounds versus the WEN's 89 pounds to ensure it's more mobile, it falls apart on every other aspect.

To be more specific, the lighter Craftsman has 3,100 RPM as its top speed while the WEN drill press offers 3,200 RPM or 100 RPM more. Furthermore, the smaller bench drill has a lower rating versus the WEN drill. It's more bang for your buck although otherwise the Craftsman is inferior to the WEN.

5) Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

Last but not least is the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press. Is it worth the money? Is bigger necessarily better? Of course not. While the WEN 4214 proves to be much smaller and much lighter than the heaviest drill press on this list, it also has a faster top speed and superior Amazon ratings than the Delta 18-900L. Furthermore, its fellow titan Grizzly G7943 has a better top speed as well.

Then again, behind that 3,000 RPM lies a lot more torque (but probably not as much torque as what a 8,500-RPM drill press like the SE 97511MDP can deliver). 

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Price

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyists

Grizzly G7943 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press

Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

The Final Cut

The WEN 4214 Drill Press has a lot going for it. For example, the depth stop is easy to read and locks in a linear fashion. Also, the spindle offers 3⅛-inch of travel (which is controllable despite the lack of a spindle lock). It even comes complete with assembly tools. The worktable is also adjustable in terms of height thanks to its rack and pinion adjustment plus it can tilt for up to 45° from the left to the right. It has both a laser guide showing where you'll drill and an LED light to show your drilling progress in low-light conditions. This is why I think it's a worthwhile buy.

In-Depth Review: Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press Work Station with Wrench

Summary

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press Work Station with Wrench
88 %
Review

The Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation is a drill press without the built-in drill (otherwise known as a tool holder or stand). The drill should be bought separately. However, if you already have a Dremel brand drill like I do (among the approved list of drills), this is the far more affordable option to buying a similarly priced but unstable drill press or an just as stable but many times more expensive drill press. It even includes extras like cord management clips and four clamping points for good measure.

We Like

  • The cost-effectiveness of the stand.
  • The Dremel 220-01 accepts a wide range of Dremel hand drills, allowing it to transform them into more stable and repeatable drill presses.
  • This workstation of sorts allows you to drill angled and perpendicular holes in increments of 15° until it reaches 90°.
  • The 11-pound workstation drill press includes a tool holder that holds hand tools such as drills, sanders, grinders, polishers, and the like, giving them a more stable base.
  • You can telescopically adjust the flex shaft tool stand to any height from 16 inches to 29 inches.
  • There's a storage compartment for accessories like wrenches, drill bits, and the like.

We Don't Like

  • It mostly only works on Dremel drill and power tool products while the other competing stands are more universal with the tools they can use.

Introduction

Drill presses generate power by how much leverage they have, which is a combination of the horsepower of the motor and the strength of the drill press stand and base themselves that keeps the drill from moving all over the place and ruining your accuracy when making repeatable and evenly spaced holes on a given work piece.

Even in the case of the drill press workstation or drill holder (that can double as a power tool holder since any similarly sized saw or buffer that can fit on this contraption can benefit from its stand stability), it works the same way. The main benefit of these stands is that more often than not, the drill and drill press workstation cost a lot less than traditional drill presses with built-in drills.

Who Is It For?

A drill press workstation, like its drill press with built-in drill counterpart, is something used by mechanics, machinists, metal workers, and (mostly) woodworkers. It's particularly handy when it comes to drilling holes into wooden panels and the like to help create furniture like drawers, cabinets, armoires, chairs, tables, and crown molding. The drill press is far more assembly-line accurate than hand tools plus measuring tape and a pencil.

A drill press stand or holder, on the other hand, is much cheaper for a budget-conscious homeowner or woodworker to use if they already have a collection of hand drills available. These drill presses with the drill sold separately work pretty much the same way as a drill press with a built-in drill, except this time around you can replace the drill easily in case it breaks down versus the latter that necessitates you to buy a brand new drill press to replace it.

This workstation (plus requisite drill) allows you to create furniture or drill parts of a machine (like making a new rear quarter or fender panel by yourself so that you only have to pay for its paint job when all is said and done) for the sake of vehicular repair. It can also come in handy when it comes to drilling factory equipment for factory workers or holes in wooden floorboards.

Buyer's Guide

What Benefits Should This Drill Press Stand Have?

Every drill press workstation you buy should have the following benefits.

  • Prevent Fatigue

A drill press stand or workstation is the poor man's version of a full-blown drill press. Like a drill press with a built-in drill, a drill press stand is capable of preventing your arms from suffering from fatigue after drilling through multiple holes in a given metal or wooden work piece since you're only pulling a lever rather than holding down a vibrating hand tool with all your arm strength.

  • Save Money

Aside from working more efficiently and preventing fatigue, the drill press workstation is also something that's supposed to save you money when all is said and done.  By buying the hand drill then the drill press holder separately, you'll avoid having to spend hundreds or a thousand dollars on a drill press with a built-in motor and drill. What's more, if the drill fails or the stand breaks down, you can buy a new one rather than buy a new drill press.

  • Enhance Drill Functionality

A drill press enables you to drill into wood, metal, and plastic with amazing accuracy or precision. You can also drill at different clean angles that are also precisely measured, aligned, and calculated. A drill press stand in particular enables you to transform most any compatible hand drill into a drill press so that you can have both the functions of a portable drill or the stability of a drill press with a table or stand.

Things to Consider When Buying a Drill Press Stand

Take into consideration the following shopping tips before making a drill press purchase.

  • Is Your Drill Press Workstation Versatile?

Versatility is important when choosing between drill press stands. Versatility in this context refers to what sort of drills your drill press stand can take. Maybe it can even hold onto other power tools, like a buffer or a saw. It's ultimately up to the type of drill you buy to get the right amount of variable speeds or if it can be used with a spindle sander or rotary sanding disc. However, the workstation itself should allow for angled holes and repeatable, evenly spaced drilling.

  • Is Your Drill Press Workstation Safe and Secure?

Your drill holder or drill press stand should be built in a way that prevents you from injuring yourself. It should be stable, secure, and strong enough to keep the work piece or drill still as it goes about its business. Your stand should be able to take variable speed settings without losing control of the drill. It should also be designed in a way that your fingers or hands can easily avoid contact with the drill as it is drilling.

  • Is Your Drill Press Workstation Durable?

Shoddily made workstations tend to buckle under pressure or be made completely of plastic parts that easily break and are not replaceable. It should be made with quality metals, a strong column, tight screw holes that keep the workstation together after assembly, and clamps or vises that keep the wood from slipping as you operate on it, drilling it full of evenly spaced holes and whatnot.

Product Details

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

Description

The Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation is a stand and base that turns Dremel drills into drill presses by attaching them to this product. It's specifically compatible to Dremel-brand models of drills and rotary tools like Dremel 8220, 8200, 8100, 4200, 4000, 3000, 800, 400, 398, 395, 300, 285, 275, 200, and 100 models. It's capable of drilling straight and angled holes with the right tool. It's also cheaper and easier to replace than your typical drill press with built-in drills or rotary tools.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 12 inches
  • Item Weight: 11.9 pounds
  • Drill Depth: 2 inches
  • Material: Steel and plastic
  • Tilting Angle: Up to °90

Features & Benefits

  • Replaceable Drills

It can become as powerful as you want it to be. If a given drill attached to this drill press holder isn't holding up in terms of speed or power, just get another compatible drill.

  • Angular or Straight Drilling

You can adjust the drill press stand or holder in accordance to which angle you want your drill to enter the work piece every time.

  • Base and Clamps

The solid base ensures vibration-free drilling to maintain accuracy. The four clamping points ensures a secure grip on the work piece. The stand itself is held together by tight rigs and screws.

  • Easy Storage

It's easy to store as long as you can telescopically shrink it to a compact height or disassemble it altogether.

  • Storage Room

There's an on-board storage room for wrenches, drill bits, and other Dremel extras.

  • Cord Management Clips

If you're using corded drills, there's no need to fret about spaghetti wires or octopus connections with the clips included in the package.

  • Metric and Depth Stop Markings

You can accurately drill without busting out your metric or inch measuring tape with the measurement markings on the base.

Pros

  • The tool doubles as a flex-shaft tool stand and rotary tool holder at the same time on top of being a drill press for any hand drill.
  • It can drill at a perpendicular angle or through slanted angular holes in increments of 15° and can go up to 90° horizontally.
  • It holds products like drills, buffers, sanders, and other rotary equipment.
  • You can use it to grind metal pieces, sand wood into different shapes, or polish metal or wooden objects to smoothness.
  • You can raise or shrink the tool between the heights of 16 inches to 29 inches.

Cons

  • According to some customers on Amazon.com, it's crooked and it breaks easily.

Reviews / Testimonials

The Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation is one of the better reviewed drill presses out there that don't have built-in immovable drills included with the contraption. The key points of praise here is the durability of the stand, its cost-effectiveness, and its myriad of features and benefits.

This stand or workstation is spec-heavy and even includes on-board storage of wrenches and accessories for good measure.

If you're worried about getting a shoddy stand that breaks easily according to 20% of the customers, rest assured that 80% of people or a majority of reviewers view it in a better, more favorable light.

Alternative Choices

Here are some alternatives to the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation.

1) Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools

The Milescraft 1097 has a lower rating than the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation because it's viewed as a marginal piece of equipment that in fairness is priced correctly (and it's about a few dollars cheaper than the Dremel 220-01. In fairness to the Dremel drill press stand, it actually strives to provide the customer with more value out of their investment or more bang for their buck (as the turn of the phrase goes).

It's ironically a little more expensive than the Dremel not because of its price but because it includes extra fees for shipping that doubles its price. The Milescraft 1097 is nevertheless a little bigger than the 220-01, it's not limited to Dremel drills (although it does accept Dremel drills and rotary tools too), and it has a slightly deeper drill depth on top of it being significantly lighter (about more than twice as light) than its Dremel counterpart.

2) AMYAMY Floor Drill Press Rotary Tool Workstation

The AMYAMY Floor Drill Press Workstation is even bigger than the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation dimensions-wise, weighs about twice (more or less) as the Milescraft 1097 and Proxxon 28606, and it has a deeper drill depth than the 220-01 (but it's a hair shallower than what the 1097 offers). With that said, don't take the high rating too seriously. Only one customer rated this drill press.

This bright green, yellow, and red rotary tool drill press is a mostly generic and relatively cheap (falls on the same price range as the Dremel offering) stand or tool holder that works similarly to the 220-01 but features less specs (it's simpler in design and it lacks the trimmings of the Dremel drill press such as the on-board storage and cord management clips) and is designed much simpler to boot.

3) Proxxon 28606 MICROMOT Drill Stand MB 140

The Proxxon 28606 MICROMOT Drill Stand has a more realistic high rating. In regards to how it compares to the Dremel 220-01, it's much lighter at 4.4 pounds (comparable to the Milescraft 1097), it offers the same 2-inch default drill depth, and it's a bit taller and larger in terms of dimensions, allowing you to drill through bigger or taller work pieces.

However, it's as simply designed as the AMYAMY Floor Drill and contains generic features so that it can cater to a wider range of rotary tools and drills for pressing purposes. However, it still got a decent rating mostly because it doesn't look or feel cheap. It has a robust chromed feed lever that works with a ball-bearing and drive disc system that allows for mechanical accuracy when making those holes via drilling. Alas, it lacks the angled drilling prowess of Dremel 220-01.

4) Wolfcraft 3408 Drill Press Stand

In regards to the Wolfcraft 3408, here's the nitty-gritty. It's even bigger than the Proxxon 28606 MICROMOT but has similar dimensions as the AMYAMY Floor Drill Press. However, with the way it's built and the materials used to build it, it looks more like a microscope than a simple mechanical holder for a drill, thus ensuring you of less shaking, vibration, and crooked holes when all is said and done.

It's also even cheaper than the AMYAMY without coming off as lower grade. It's the second heaviest drill press stand featured on this article next to the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation at 9.1 pounds while both share the same drill depth. However, it has a higher rating than the 220-01. It even comes with a chuck key holder, making it a cost-effective option with loads of features indeed (the Dremel has more features though).

5) Heavy Duty 20 Inch Drill Stand With Cast Iron Base

Last but not least is the generically named Heavy Duty 20 Inch Drill Stand. It offers more than just a cast iron base. It compares to the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press by being the largest or tallest drill press stand/workstation on this list dimension-wise without necessarily being the heaviest (it weighs just 6.8 pounds or a little above what the 4.3-pound Milescraft 1097 and 4.4-pound Proxxon 28606 MICROMOT weigh).

The low-rated (or perhaps underrated) universal drill stand has a drill depth similar to the AMYAMY Floor Drill Press Workstation at 2⅖ inches or just a hair less than the 2½ inches offered by the Milescraft 1097 (but way below the 2 inches offered by the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation). As a drill stand that's compatible to many drills and rotary tools (Dremel and otherwise), it's one of the better ones out there with a price that's slightly cheaper than the 220-01's.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Our Rating

Price

Milescraft 1097 Tool Stand Drill Press for Rotary Tools

AMYAMY Floor Drill Press Rotary Tool Workstation

Proxxon 28606 MICROMOT Drill Stand MB 140

Wolfcraft 3408 Drill Press Stand

Heavy Duty 20 Inch Drill Stand With Cast Iron Base

The Final Cut

While there are cheaper and bigger or taller options in terms of drill press stands out there, the Dremel 220-01 Drill Press Workstation is still better because in accordance to its jam-packed features and benefits it's well-worth the extra few dollars you put out for it. It also has more reviews and is probably more well-known than all of its alternatives. Its closest competitors fall short against in terms of specs while the extra few fractions of an inch in drill depth isn't that significant to make the other stands compete against it.

Best Drill Presses

Summary

A drill press provides accuracy, precision, and power you would not be able to get when drilling manually. If you are a woodworker, you must be fully aware of the fact that drill presses is one of the most essential tool to own in the industry. Some users might be saying that having drill presses is not necessarily important to own even if you have your own woodworking shop. However, this tool might be of great help especially with different types of woodworking jobs. If you come to understand the extent of the benefits of the drill presses, you will be able to fully grasp its potential and will surely be happy to purchase one.

Because of the accuracy a drill press can perform in any woodworking jobs, it is a wise thing to own, try, and see how it really changes the flow of any woodworking projects. The powerful motor on drill presses can also save the energy of the users because drilling holes without a drill press can be a much more laborious process.

Introduction

When it comes to the functionality of drill presses aside from mentioned earlier as a precision stuff, it has an ability to drill at angles. It is considered as another advantage of drill presses. Creating angled holes can be very much challenging if you are going to do it manually. Especially if you have a lot of projects going on, it could take up so much time and effort for the users. So this kind of function makes a drill press useful in almost any woodworkers’ shop. It also provides safety and security to its users. The variable speed feature of many drill presses gives the woodworkers an opportunity for good command over the drill bit which helps ensure that it does not break easily while being used.   

If you become familiar with lots of different features of drill presses and know when to maximize them, you are going to appreciate it more and would rather have it in any project you are trying to work on. There are various kinds of drill presses and this particular review will present to you diverse kinds of drill presses for different specific uses for you to be able to enjoy more of y9our woodworking projects more than ever.

Top 3 Choices

1) Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool

Dremel is popular manufacturer of rotary tools and is considered to be one of the best there is. This rotary tool is a compact mini drill press kit that can be used as a standalone-handheld rotary tool or as a stationary drill press. When it comes to house drilling, you can absolutely rely on Dremel 220-01 because it can bore surfaces both perpendicular to the bit and even those inclined. This tool can assure you of its versatility which is a great advantage when having one for the business or even for personal use.

2) WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

Having the right tools with you, whether you are working at home or you have your own woodworking business, would probably make all the difference. This tool includes a ½ inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage and operates at 5 different speeds, 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, and 3140 rotations per minute. Although this drill press is small, it really guarantees power enough to drill through metal, wood, plastics, and other materials. This high quality and very affordable tool will not only help you through finishing your works but will also offer convenience all throughout your working hours. So if you are looking for a multi-purpose and compact home drill that has a host of exceptional features and is in the affordable range, this drill press could be a perfect fit for you.

3) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

This drill press has been popular in the market as one of the best drill presses. It continues its legacy of superior design and for providing precise cuts and affordable price. This drill press also comes with a cast iron base or work table to provide adequate support while working. This also ideal for most users who are just new in the field. Having an easy set-up features enables the users to confidently operate the tool without worrying of the probable complications it may cause.

Best Drill Presses Comparison Table

Best Reciprocating Saws

Price

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool

WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Who Should Buy These

For most of drilling duties, having a great drill press is a must for the users. A drill press provides power and accuracy to any woodworking jobs that needs drilling. More often than not, drill presses are the most underrated tools in the industry. What any woodworker should understand is the fact that these tools play a critical role in making sure of the good outcome in any project that you want to produce. This could be a practical way to finish any woodworking task especially when the user learned to maximize the features of one drill press.

Most users would not be able to realize how drill presses can really make their job easier and more convenient, but, a lot of users who gave their reviews about their experience with drill presses assures other prospective buyers that these drill presses enables a woodworker to work more quickly than the average. You don’t have to worry anymore about working as quite careful to avoid mistakes because drill presses made it easier for you.

Buyer's Guide

Things to Consider When Looking for a Drill Press

Durability

When it comes to bigger jobs, you might want a drill press that can sustain the demands of your workload. This will indicate how your drill press is able to stand even the toughest work. Above all else, having a tool that guarantees you a longer life that can do its task at any given point is one vital feature a woodworking really needs for their projects.

Versatility

More than just doing its actual job, a drill press should also be versatile enough to be capable of doing more than just drilling holes. It should also be able to be fitted with other tools, such as a spindle sander or a rotary sanding disc. Above all, the power of a drill press really depends when it can and is already capable of drilling holes into metal. This is very useful feature for woodworkers to complement their needs for their woodworking crafts.

Power

It is a fact that if the motor has more horsepower, you can expect the drill will be more powerful. It is an advantage to have a larger motor if you are considering to buy a drill press. Also, it is easier and quicker to drill and it is capable for larger bits usage for bigger jobs. A motor that is more powerful may also last longer and survive more because it does not solely experience difficulties in a specific task.

Product Reviews

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

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool

Description

This product is one of the most flexible tool regarded by most users as you can successfully for machining curved surfaces and exposed surfaces. This product features a tool holder that is adjustable and extremely stable, which enables the users to perform any task at any given point without experiencing difficulties. When it comes to compatibility, you don’t have to worry as the Dremel 220-01 has been found to work with different accessories, even though they have not been manufactured by Dremel.

Aside from these commended insights, there are also, of course, some critiques that have been stated with regards to the product. Some users noted that Dremel 220-01 isn’t the most reliable option when it comes to milling and the instruction manual isn’t particularly straightforward which makes it not suitable for beginners in the industry.

Product Information

  • Part Number: 220-01
  • Item Weight: 0.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 12 inches
  • Origin: China
  • Power Source: Corded-Electric
  • Measurement System: metric, inch
  • Included Components: attachments, bare-tools
  • Batteries Included: No
  • Batteries Required: No
  • Warranty Description: 1 Year Warranty

Features and Benefits

  • Speed

Different tasks may also require the drill bit to spin at different rates, so when you use any drill press, you have to pay attention with different speed rates. This particular model offers various speed rates that is indicated at the rotations per minute of the product. It is important to have this kind of tool to enable the user to work consistently and conveniently without hassle.

  • Easy Set-up

The Dremel 220-01 was well-liked by many users, especially those who are just establishing their own woodworking shops, because of its easy set-up feature. Whether you are sanding parts or working on stones and other solid objects, you will appreciate how the Dremel 220-01 drill press can be used automatically by just following the basic instructions. It was built primarily for the comfort of the users and to be able to fully use the featured benefits that easily.

  • Impressive Operation

The Dremel Work Station will make you accomplish special projects without having to invest in a variety of separate tools and attachments. This is easily a go-to machine if you want to work on something in the household and deliver great results even if you are not fully knowledgeable with the exact usage of the machine. Because of its impressive operation, most users found themselves looking for a drill press exactly like the Dremel 220-01 in the market.

Pros

  • It is one of the most flexible in the line.
  • It features a holder that is adjustable and extremely stable
  • One of the most critically acclaimed products in Amazon

Cons

  • Some have noted that the product is not reliable enough for heavy projects
  • The instruction manual is quite difficult to follow for the beginners

Conclusion

Once you purchase the product, you will be surprised how you can add such a handy device to your workbench for such low cost. However, to fully enjoy the capabilities of this tool, you must also know its limitations for you to prepare for what’s to come in another project. Overall, this drill press can be a great recommendation for future users you are starting on building their own woodworking shop or furniture shop.

2) WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

Description

The WEN 4208 is one of the best drill press considered by most users these days. If you want a powerful drill press with a powerful motor that also comes in a fair price, this product is suitable for you. The WEN 4208 features a five pace motor that enables the users to drill through metal, wood, light zinc, iron, aluminum, and even steel. With this kind of tool in your workbench, you can drill various materials with different thickness.

You can expect for this tool to do its job even for longer, extended hours because of its durability and versatility. For those of you who want something more for a heavy duty workloads, this can help you a lot. This is also ideal for a budget solution tool you need to acquire for an immediate use.

Product Information

  • Part Number: 4208
  • Item Weight: 37.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 22.9 x 11 inches
  • Origin: China
  • Color: One color
  • Power Source: Corded-Electric
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Batteries Included: No
  • Batteries Required: No
  • Warranty Description: 2-year warranty, 90 day commercial

Features and Benefits

  • Motor Power

With its powerful motor, the WEN 4208 is capable of drilling even the toughest materials needed to be drilled. It allows its users to comfortable finish the work laid in their table without any exception. This drill press can work as much job put into. For this particular planer, it offers a powerful motor that can endure various workloads that is a great help whatever the kind of your job is.

  • Versatility

Having a drill press that can be used as a vital tool regardless of the material you are going to drill. This drill is capable of doing drilling jobs for a much longer time even with the toughest workloads presented to it. It does not waver in whatever you throw at it which made it commended by many of the users in Amazon.

  • Customizable

This particular drill press have an option for selecting the speed for drilling metal. This is another important factor one drill press must have because different materials also need different speed to begin with. This is not only for the sake of the material but also for the safety of the users.

Pros

  • Industrial-level performance in the drilling work
  • It runs smoothly
  • Easy to assemble and simple to operate
  • Strong motor
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • A spring loaded pin is used to chuck the key.
  • Manual alignment is needed
  • Not packed with features

Conclusion

This compact yet powerful drill press is the perfect tool for your hand-held drill. You don’t need to work manually anymore because this drill press will provide certain advantages which is worth your investment. It allows you to have a perfect and precise drill and will also give you a steady and smooth finish. It is a really essential tool especially if you are already operating on a woodwork shop or any industry shop that requires drilling holes. Overall, WEN 4208 will make the job easier and faster for you compared to when you are still using your regular methods of drilling.

3) SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press


SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Description

The SKIL 3320-01 drill press offers a ½-inch keyed chuck and has a speed of 570-3,050rotations per minute. It also features an adjustable depth stop for accurate measurements and repetitive drilling. The 3.2 Amp motor can press holes through most types of woods and also have an advantage of adjusting the speed. There are 5 speeds to choose from that ranges from 570 rotations per minute to 3,050 rotations per minute. In able to ensure that every hole is drilled exactly where you want it, the depth and angle of the drill press can also be adjusted.

Product Information

  • Part Number: 3320-02
  • Item Weight: 52.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Size: 5
  • Color: Red
  • Power Source: ac
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? No
  • Warranty Description: 1 year warranty, 30 day money back guarantee

Features and Benefits

  • Easy set up

For the beginners, this drill press is safe and easy to operate which is a great guide for those who are just starting in this industry. It will help you attend to any of your woodworking jobs and everyday drilling task which can be used easily.

  • Durability

SKIL 3320-01 can assure its users that it will last longer than many of other brands in the market today.

Pros

  • It has a laser guide to the 10-inch swing during the drilling process
  • The assembling instructions are pretty simple to follow through
  • There is a 5-speed system feature that makes it easier for the users to perform any drilling tasks.

Cons

  • The laser is battery operated
  • The battery operated laser can largely affect the quality of work.

Conclusion

Although SKIL 3320-01 is just a small benchtop drill press, it is very much capable of handling a wide range of drilling tasks. It is not only affordable but it will also make it easier for you to finish your projects without wasting materials.

4) WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Description

The WEN 4214 is known for its high-powered, high-accuracy performance which is suitable for professional woodworking activities. Even if you use this for tough projects, this drill press can stand it even for many years of use. It is very much capable of putting a very precise hole reliably and repeatedly.

Product Information

  • Part Number: 4214
  • Item Weight: 89 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches
  • Origin: China
  • Color: Yellow
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? No
  • Warranty Description: 2 year warranty, 90 day commercial

Features and Benefits

  • Speed

Speed is one of the most important elements that has to be present in any drill presses. The variable speed allows you to adapt to the material you are drilling. Knowing which speed fits one material or project can be a very vital part in the performance of a drill press. In this case, the WEN 4214 drill press can deliver a variable speed from 580 to 3200 rotations per minute which is allows you to work with different forms of materials.

  • User-friendly

Because of its durable form, the WEN 4214 should last for many years. It is also fairly priced despite its great performance.

Pros

  • It is versatile enough to power through a range of materials
  • Offers the same torque and power through its entire speed range
  • Stable worktable

Cons

  • Spring loaded pin at the end of the chuck key that prevents the users from leaving the key in the chuck
  • The component makes it difficult to tighten the chuck well.

Conclusion

Compared to other competitive and excellent drill presses, WEN 4214 has a great deal of performance and its price is absolutely reasonable. Especially considering that this drill press has a lot of great features and is durable enough to be used in a tougher works of professionals.  This product is highly recommended mostly for drilling wood, especially for a full-time woodworker.

5) SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyist

SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench for Jewelers & Hobbyist

Description

This small press is ideal for those who do repairs or a hobby of small DIY projects. Even if this is just a small device, you can get three different speed modes that will work for three different type of jobs. It has a maximum drill capacity of 6mm that comes with 3 wrenches. Practically, this is a good value for small time business and small hole drilling.

Product Information

  • Part Number: 97511MDP
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.1 x 17.1 inches
  • Origin: China
  • Color: multi-color
  • Power Source: ac
  • Number of Pieces: 1
  • Number of Handles: 1
  • Measurement system: metric
  • Batteries Included? No
  • Batteries Required? No

Features and Benefits

  • Safety

If you are just new to woodworking or other similar stuff, it is important for you to have at least one tool you can rely on. Many of the users who already purchased the product noted that this tool is a great use for their own small-time businesses.

  • Easy to Use

It has a great feature that is very user-friendly. You don’t need to install other parts. You can use right after you remove it from the box.

Pros

  • The small drill press features a versatile design that makes it ideal for everyday use in small-time businesses
  • It has the ability to adjust the speed to have complete control over it
  • It is easy and convenient to use

Cons

  • The quill does not always provide a sensitive feed

Conclusion

When it comes to accuracy, this drill press is accurate enough to be used in an everyday basis. It also features 3 speeds and the torque is really amazing. Overall, this is a practical and great buy.

Reviews / Testimonials

One customer mentioned that this unit is decent and sturdy. Another customer that as a hobbyist, this model offers the needed assistance at work. Another noteworthy feedback about the model is that it is simple and precise, making it very easy to use.

However, it should be noted that there are also some concerns raised by the reviewers. For one, a customer mentioned that the unit is crooked at its 90-degree position. Aside from this, all of the other features are fine enough, with the plunge handle smooth, and adjustments that are easy to make. Overall, this product is a good option to take into consideration.

Alternative Choices

1) WEN 4212 10_Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

The 4212 offers many features including 2/3 horsepower that can cast iron construction. It is capable of drilling cast iron up to 1 inch thick. Those who are already purchased the product are pleased with its overall quality of the unit. Among its interesting features include a mechanical variable speed that delivers equal torque throughout the range, even targeting the exact RPM from 530 to 3100 with a simple turn of the lever. With its LED display, you can easily read out the speed while using the unit. This unit is designed to power through wood, metal, plastics and more.

2) WEN 4225 8.6-Amp Variable Speed Floor Standing Drill Press, 15-Inch

To have a glimpse of the product, the 4225 has a great appearance making it nice to use and handle. It has 8.6 Amp Variable Speed 15-Inch Floor Standing Drill Press. Its three-spindle design offers twelve speeds ranging between 180 and 2490 RPM. It also comes with a precision laser, onboard key storage, a 5/8 inch chuck, all of which are protected by this model’s two-year warranty. With its available range of speed options, it can easily accommodate hardwood, metal, plastic, softwood, and a whole lot more. As such, this model is used for a wide range of applications.

3) Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

This model is one of the most top rated drill press in the market today. It is equipped with a 3-Amp, 120 volts, ½ HP motor designed to combine exceptional torque and high speed to power the machine to have a perfect drill. With its ½ inch keyed chuck, this unit is ideal for drilling through wood or metal drill bits, as well as sanding drums up to a ½ inch shank. It also offers five settings on speed, ranging from 620 to 3100 RPM. Another interesting feature of this model is the quick belt tension and release, allowing you for a rapid spindle speed change. Its rack and pinion table elevation also allows for easier and quicker adjusting.

4) HICO-DP4116 13-Inch Bench Top Drill Press

The HICO-DP4116 comes with great features such as 12-speed setting, heavy-duty 2/3 HP induction motor, 10-inch cast iron. This is a great drill press, especially for newbies. This model comes in a set, which includes cast iron work plate, drill press, ½ inch chuck, chuck key, as well as some assembly tools. It offers 12-speed settings, ranging from 230 to 2800 RPM which helps in accommodating different materials of various thicknesses. This drill’s 45-degree bevel right and left together with its 3.2-inch spindle travel allows this drill press practical and convenient. It comes with an easy rack and pinion table height adjustment, thus avoiding accidental starting.

5) JET 354170/JDP-20MF 20-Inch Floor Drill Press

This particular drill press is great with speed, and it also provides enough power and torque for general tasks to occur. Its large base for stability is very useful and very well-assembled. It features a 20-inch press that comes with a powerful 1.5 hp motor. It is also equipped with a smooth-traveling table which raises and lowers at the simple turn of a crank to a position where you need it. It has 12 spindle speeds which range from 150 to 4200 RPM. As such, this model is an ideal choice for home woodworkers and professionals alike. As a bonus, it is also backed up by a two-year year limited warranty.

6) Jet JDP-17 3/4 hp Drill Press

The JDP-17 also has a sturdy cast-iron head for overall stability and premium poly v-belt drive system to ensure its performance always to be smooth and reliable. Out of its full 5-inch spindle travel to its sturdy cast iron head and a poly V belt drive system, you can have the assurance that this model is designed to perform. It also features built-in, long-lasting LED display which provides work light and direct lighting, while also reducing the appearance of shadows. With its huge work table, it offers plenty of support, along with an edge that is designed for easier clamping.

7) SHOP FOX W1680 1-Horsepower 17-Inch Floor Model Drill Press

The Shop Fox W1680 17-Inch Drill Press with an overall height of 65-1/2” is suited for an average size cabinet shop or small machine shop. It also has a quick-adjust handle for a comfortable gripping and a built-in light. This model offers solid performance, making it ideal for an average size of the cabinet shop or even a small machine shop. With its powerful and cool running 1 HP motor, it is often referred to as one of the most accurate drill presses under its category. With its precision ground table, cast iron construction, rubber coated handles and sealed ball bearings, you can certainly enjoy the convenience and quality that you want in your machine.

8) Evolution Power Tools 849713054050 EVO28 Magnetic Drilling System

This drill press is a 1 1/8 Inch x 2 Inch Capacity Magnetic Drill with heavy-duty magnetic holding power. Includes chuck and adaptor for twist drills up to ½ inch diameter. Other features of this model include a right or left side handles, which means that using this unit is not just easy, but ergonomic at the same time. It even comes equipped with an integrant coolant system which protects the machine from overheating when performing heavy duty task. This machine is ideal for both homeowners/DIYers, or professional contractors.

9) Klutch 17in. Floor Mount Drill Press - 1 1/2 HP, Variable Speed, Digital Display

The Klutch 17in. Floor Mount Drill Press is one of the perfect choices for drilling metal or wood. Its features include great power, accuracy, and versatility packed into a sturdy mount base.With its power 1 ½ HP, combined with a 120 V motor with speeds ranging from 600 to 2400 RPM, you can be guaranteed of a model that performs. Among its other features include a depth lock and a ball knob handle that ensures precise adjustments that maintain accuracy. It even comes with a built-in chuck key storage that keeps the chuck very close and easy to locate. An LED light is also added for easier illumination while working.

10) Rockwell RK7033 Shop Series Drill Press Replaces RK7032 Drill Press, 10-Inch

This drill press features a powerful 6.2 Amp and 2/3 HP motor for dependable performance. It also has 5-speed settings for best results in metal, wood, and plastic. This drill is equipped with variable speed control that can easily be dialed into the correct speed requirement while working on various types of materials. Its LED light feature also helps with improving overall visibility, especially when working in darker work areas. The package also comes with a 1.3Ah lithium-ion battery which comes with fade free power, with a battery capacity indicator that displays the available charge.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Our Rating

Price

WEN 4212 10_Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

WEN 4225 8.6-Amp Variable Speed Floor Standing Drill Press, 15-Inch

Craftsman 10 in Bench Drill Press w/ Laser Trac

HICO-DP4116 13-Inch Bench Top Drill Press

JET 354170/JDP-20MF 20-Inch Floor Drill Press

Jet JDP-17 3/4 hp Drill Press

SHOP FOX W1680 1-Horsepower 17-Inch Floor Model Drill Press

Evolution Power Tools 849713054050 EVO28 Magnetic Drilling System

Klutch 17in. Floor Mount Drill Press - 1 1/2 HP, Variable Speed, Digital Display

Rockwell RK7033 Shop Series Drill Press Replaces RK7032 Drill Press, 10-Inch

The Final Cut

You cannot simply do precise works if you are going to rely on your traditional tools for your different set of projects. There are several drill presses in the market so consider this as the breakdown of reviews from the top rated to the alternative products. These drill presses perform several functions, and you are going to be amazed at how much you are going to accomplish by owning them. Start having your options now and upgrade your tools for a better project soon.