Even though most handheld portable drills come equipped with reversible motors with variable speeds and an impressive piercing power, there are still many benefits to having a table top drill press in your shop. As a matter of fact, every woodworker knows the importance of a good drill, which is why most of them use table top drill presses these days. If you are on the lookout for a good table top drill press, then you would do well to educate yourself on the feats and capabilities of each type of drill press before making a purchase.
Of them all, table top drill presses are the most versatile and reliable, which is why they’re so popular to begin with. Therefore, here are the ten best table top drill presses money can buy.
This table top drill press is equipped with a 1/2 HP 120V engine capable of developing 1,720 RPM of sheer force. It also features a 1/2-inch chuck with a JT33 spindle taper and a 10-1/8-inch swing, along with a 2-3/8-inch stroke. Its powerful engine has 5 operational speeds and it has to be noted that all the drill’s components come with a one-year warranty both in terms of replaceable items and workmanship.
9SHOP FOX W1669
The W1669 from Shop Fox is one of the most versatile drill presses on the market. Due to its tiltable head combined with a tiltable table, you can very well drill at virtually any angle you see fit with no restrictions whatsoever. Its extremely strong swing allows you to bore at the dead center of a workpiece, as long as it’s 34-inches wide or less. Also, it features a horizontal sliding headstock that allows you to increase the distance between the drill chuck and the column considerably.
Powerful and efficient, the 30-120 from Rikon provides a tremendous amount of torque thanks to its 1/2 HP motor that features 16 spindle speeds from 200 to 3,630 RPM. It uses a clutch depth stop to allow you to set the drill depth, giving you the capacity to drill repeatedly maintaining the same accuracy. We should also point out that the 30-120 has a cast iron & steel construction that makes it particularly sturdy.
7Black Bull DP5UL
Equipped with a laser centering device for finding the exact center of each piece you work on, this particular table top drill is one of the most accurate drills on the market. The DP5UL features 5 belt speed adjustment settings that range between 620 RPM to 3,100 RPM, which is quite fast. Made from a cast iron table, base, and drill body, this table top drill is also extremely sturdy, not to mention how safe and steady it is due to its front mounted safety power switch.
6RIKON 30-140 Bench Top Radial Drill Press
Ideal for do-it-yourself applications, the sheer versatility of what the 30-140 from Rikon has to offer is enough to warrant a closer look. It uses a 34-inch swing operating five spindle speeds ranging from 620 to 3,100 RPM, but also a tiltable head that can tilt 45 degrees to the right and 90 degrees to the left, allowing you to drill at an angle should you wish to. As for the table support, it has a rotating table with a stable base that can rotate to 360 degrees.
5Rockwell RK7033 Shop Series Drill Press
This table top drill press from Rockwell uses a powerful 6.2 amp, 2/3 HP motor capable of developing quite a bit of torque through its 5 adjustable speeds. It also features a 45-degree bevel and a 2-inch spindle travel, making the RK7033 extremely practical. Furthermore, it features a fully adjustable rack and pinion table to ensure that you operate it at virtually any height you see fit.
4Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press
Equipped with an auto-tensioning belt drive system, this table top drill press allows fast and easy speed changes, maximizing transmission efficiency overall. Its full 6-inch quill stroke allows much deeper drilling applications than most table top drill presses, while its micro-adjustable depth stops and independent depth scale allows you to zero the scale whenever repetitive drilling is about to take place.
3Shop Fox W1668 3/4-HP
Similar to the W1669, the W1668 from Shop Fox can also double as an oscillating sander that can be used for contour sanding. Additionally, this table top drill press is capable of greater speed, more power, and a slightly bigger capacity of about 3/4-inches. Interestingly enough, it also incorporates a dust collection port that makes it easier to maintain. As for its versatility, it comes with a tilting table that you can tilt up to 90-degrees any way you want.
2EURO TOOL (DRL-300.00) Bench-Top Drill Press
This table top drill press measures 15 inches in height when fully assembled, has a drill clearance of 5 inches, the base measures 6.75 x 6.75 inches, and it weighs 13 pounds. Its powerful drill is operated by a 5.5′ cord and features three speed settings that allow it to run between 0 to 8500 RPM. Thanks to its unique chuck & spindle movement, its cleverly designed lever will give the operator a considerable mechanical advantage.
1SE 97511MDP 3-Speed Mini Drill Press Bench
We should point out right from the start that while most drill presses we talked about were designed with woodwork in mind, this particular drill press is a lot more versatile by design. It comes with 3 wrenches and a 6-mm chuck key, a max drill height of 7-1/2 inches, a maximum drill capacity of 6 mm, a work area if 6.9 x 6.9 inches, and a spindle travel of one inch. Its powerful motor operates at 3 variable speeds ranging between 0 and 8500 RPM while its power consumption doesn’t exceed 100W in normal conditions.