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21914 Benchtop Drill Press

Craftsman - 21914 Benchtop Drill Press

The Craftsman 21914 benchtop drill press features digital depth readout and a laser guide

$200 (As of 7/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Drill Presses

by Charlie Reina

review date: July 1, 2007

Craftsman's model 21914 benchtop drill press features a laser guide and work light, a swivel knob to help it clear a workpiece as you lower the bit, an offset table crank, and digital depth readout. The mechanism for setting depth is excellent, but changing speeds with the manual pulley system was difficult compared to others tested in this category.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout .004 in.
Time to bore 2 in. dia. by 3/4-in. deep hole 18 sec.
Speed Changing Poor
Depth-Set Ease Excellent

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site www.craftsman.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Quill stroke 3 in.
Chuck Capacity 1/2 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 6 in.
Horsepower 2/3 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 110v
Speed Five: 500 rpm to 3,000
Quill to Benchtop 15-1/8 in.

I am a novice wood worker, that only uses the drill press occasionally. However, since I expected to have the drill press forever, I wasn't necessarily just shopping based on low price. I settled on this drill press after looking at the other bench drill presses, and reading other reviews (mostly negative) about the more esteemed brand names. I didn't find any consensus "best" brand for drill presses, like you do with Porter Cable for routers, just to give an example.For the money, it is hard to beat. Sears puts this model on sale frequently, and sometimes in combination with their Craftsman Club member days.The power is more than I have needed so far, which gives me confidence that I will not be disappointed down the road. The laser crosshair was spot on, as received. After a lot of use, it did get knocked out of alignment, but is easy to reset with the instructions. I recommend a shop made drill press table and fence. The one that is included is a clumsy gimmick, and is not a replacement for the setup most woodworkers eventually arrive at.

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