A drill press is an essential tool for any home workshop or anyone who does a lot of do-it-yourself projects. Why? Because it provides the power and performance a person needs for drilling holes and this can’t be matched by any handheld drill on the market. Which is why I advocate searching for the best drill press and buying it as soon as possible. In order to help the DIY enthusiast out, I’ve included below ten of what I consider to be the best drill press models currently available. Any of these units would be ideal for a workshop or for use in a home garage, and they’ve been ordered from number ten to number one on my list.
10. Delta 18-Inch Laser Press
Heavy-duty projects require heavy-duty pieces of equipment, which is probably why this Delta laser press was designed. This 18-inch press has a number of features which makes it a useful tool for just about any workshop. It’s equipped with a 3.4-HP motor that provides plenty of drilling power, a 6-inch quill stroke for deep drilling applications, an LED light which illuminates the work area and twin lasers which project a cross-hair on the piece at the point of bit contact. This tool also has an auto-tension belt drive and has micro-adjustable depth stops.
9. Grizzly 5-Speed Bench Top Radial Press
The Grizzly G7945 is a 5-speed bench-top radial drill that has pivoting heads that can drill at any angle and a variable swing of up to 34-inches. It also has a powerful 1/2-HP single phase motor that provides enough drilling power to get through a wide range of materials. Some of the other features found in this unit include a collar size of 2.16-inches, drill chuck of 1/64-inch to 5/8-inch and a table size of 8-5.8-inches by 9-inches. The table can be tilted 90-degrees to the right and the left. Overall, this drill is a professional quality tool that can adequately perform its duties.
8. Shop Series 10-Inch Press
This 10-inch press is designed to be used for repetitive drilling tasks in a number of different materials. It has a 6.2-Amp motor that has 5-operating speeds which range from 620 RPM to 3,100 RPM and provides adequate power for drilling through wood, metal or plastic. This unit has a 1/2-inch drill chuck and a cast-iron work table that can bevel up to 45-degrees in either direction. Overall, this press is a good model for homeowners and do-it-yourself enthusiasts and is back by a two-year limited warranty.
7. Skil 10-Inch 3.2-Amp Press
Specifically designed for home use, this Skil press has a number of features which make it useful around the house to any amateur woodworker or DIY enthusiast. It has 5-different speeds which range from 570 RPM to 3,050 RPM and has a 3.2-Amp motor. It also has a work surface which bevels from 0 to 45-degrees and also has a two-beam laser which makes sure that hole alignment is precise. Another exciting feature of this tool is an adjustable depth stop that’s ideal for repetitive drilling assignments and helps maintain precision measurements.
6. Genesis 4.1-Amp 5-Speed Press
This drill has quite a few features which make it useful for just about any workshop. It has a 4.1-Amp motor that’s not only powerful but is also fairly quiet and has 5-different speeds. It also has a table that can rotate 360-degrees and can tilt up to 45-degrees. Other options which can be found in this tool include a 5/8-inch chuck, an integrated work light, and pulley housing that’s easy to get into. And since it has a smaller footprint than most floor models, it will fit into just about any workshop or garage.
5. Shop Fox Oscillating Drill Floor Press
This floor-model is designed to be powerful yet also to provide the precision that people need when they are working on their projects. This model has a 3/4-HP motor, has a speed range that can be set from 250 RPM to 3,050 RPM and has a drill chuck of 1/64-inch to 5/8-inch. This press also has an oscillating spindle that allows for contour sanding and allows the unit to go from drilling to sanding in only a matter of moments. This makes this unit ideal for people who need a tool that can accomplish both tasks.
4. Jet 20-Inch Floor Press
While this heavy-duty model is designed for professional use, it can also be a useful addition to any home workshop. It has a powerful 1.5-HP motor with twelve different spindle speeds that range from 150 RPM to 4,200 RPM and a 3/4-inch chuck. It not only comes with a drill chuck and key but also with a built-in work light which adequately illuminates the work area. Other features located on this unit include a table that can be cranked to the height needed and has an adjustable tension spindle return. All of which makes this unit as easy-to-use as it is powerful.
3. Wen 12-Inch Variable Speed
This variable speed tool has enough power to not only drill through wood and plastic but can also drill a 5/8-inch hole through metals such as cast iron. It has a speed range that goes from 580 RPM to 3200 RPM and has a LED display which shows at what speed the tool is operating. This unit also has a work table that can bevel 45-degrees to the right and the left, and a laser locks on to the table’s drill points. Other features found on this unit include a 2/3-HP induction motor, a 5/8-inch keyed chuck and key and a table roller extension.
2. Wen 8-Inch 5-Speed Press
This unit is powerful and can operate at five different speeds up to 3,140 RMP thanks to its 1/3-HP induction motor. This unit has a 6.5-inch by 6.5-inch work table, an 8-inch swing, a 1/2-inch keyed chuck with on-board key storage and a locking linear depth stop. All of these features allow this tool to be used for operations which require precision or which require the drill to be used over and over again. This unit is also made with a rigid frame that ensures reliable tool operation and also makes it quite durable.
1. Wen 10-Inch Press With Laser
Featuring a 3.2-Amp motor that provides the torque and power to get through most drilling sessions, this tool is an ideal choice for any home workshop. It has five different speeds that range from 600 RPM to 3,100 RPM and has a spindle travel of 2.5-inches and has easy-to-see locking linear depth stop. This model also has a 7-5/8-inch by 7-5/8-inch cast iron work table, a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and key, plus a laser. Other handy features include this tool’s rack & pinion height adjustment and the mechanism which allows the table to bevel 45-degrees to the left and the right.