Tool Test: Drill-Press Review
Nine floor models that sell for $420 or less offer good options for the home shop
Synopsis: Bernard Maas compares nine 15-in. to 17-in. full-height, lower-priced drill presses that might be chosen for a home shop. A comparison chart, along with details on how he evaluated them, includes information on changing speeds, depth stops, and tilt mechanisms. He also offers tips on how to check for chuck runout.
From Fine Woodworking #162
The drill press is an indispensable machine in any woodshop. A number of accessories can broaden the machine’s usefulness, but mostly, you want a drill press to do one thing: Drill holes cleanly and accurately.
Drill presses come in a variety of sizes and prices, from small benchtop machines to heavier production-level floor models. For this review, I decided to search for lower-priced, fullheight machines that might be a good choice for a home shop. After surveying the market, I chose nine 15-in. to 17-in. models, which ranged in price from $297 to $419:…