Woodtek - Drill Press 816-805 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Drill Press 816-805

Woodtek - Drill Press 816-805

Woodtek’s floor-standing drill press features a cast-iron table with rack-and-pinion height adjustment.

$379 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Drill-Press Review

by Bernard Maas

review date: October 25, 2005

Having decided to search for lower-priced, full-height drill presses that might be a good choice for a home shop, I came up with nine 15-in. to 17-in. models to review.

To evaluate and compare them, I noted the condition of each after shipping and the ease of assembly. I looked at chuck-to-post distance, table size, overall height, motor rating, speeds, length of quill stroke, finish, and stability. I tested the accuracy of each machine out of the box: runout on the chuck and spindle-to-table perpendicularity. Finally, I looked at noise level, vibration, table-height adjustment, speed changes, depth adjustment, quill-return tension, and the presence or absence of a quill lock.

The Woodtek had the smallest table at 11 in. square. And its finish was the worst in the bunch: When I finished assembling it, my hands were yellow with paint that had rubbed off the table bracket. Also the plastic pulley shroud could not be seated properly.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.007 in.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Woodtek
Manufacturer's Web Site www.woodworker.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-645-9292
Quill stroke 3-1/4 in.
Chuck Capacity 5/8 in.
Chuck-to-Post Distance 8-7/16 in.
Horsepower 3/4 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 120v
Speed 12 speeds

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