Woodworkers have only a few options when it comes to the implements they can use to drill holes, a job that has traditionally been tasked to hand drills. Hand drills are popular because they require little space for storage and because they are relatively effective. Unfortunately, hand drills show their limitations when it comes to accuracy and maneuverability.
This is where drill presses come into play. They are extremely accurate, easy to operate, quite fast, and very adjustable by nature. Choosing the right drill press can be quite a daunting task for many woodworkers, as there are many things to consider when shopping for such a useful and at the same time reliable machine. Here is a list of the ten best drill presses on the market to help you through.
10Powermatic PM2800 1792800
Equipped with a variety of innovative features like dual LED work lights and a dual laser guide system, the Powermantic PM2800 is without a doubt, one of the most technologically advanced drill presses money can buy. It is powered by a heavy-duty 1 HP TEFC motor, operating at 115-/230- volts, a motor controlled through a single easy to operate handle. It also features variable-speed controls, keyless chuck and spindle, an expandable table for greater flexibility, and a lights & laser system for added accuracy.
9General 14″ Bench Top Drill Press
With this bench top drill press, you won’t have to settle for either power or performance like you would with other types of drill presses. This particular machine uses a 1/2 HP industrial rated motor with 5 spindle speeds ranging between 280 and 3000 RPM. Versatile enough to handle almost any drilling application, you can adjust its settings in just minutes before starting the drilling job. On top of all this, this drill press includes a bonus laser pointer and chuck guard.
8Shop Fox W1667 1/2 HP 8-1/2-Inch Bench-Top Oscillating Drill Press
The W1667 bench-top drill press from Shop Fox is a compact machine designed to serve either as a drill press or an oscillating sander when necessary. Capable of a wide variety of drilling and sanding operations, this drill press features a high-precision ground sanding spindle that can be used with different types of sanding drums. It is powered by a 1/2 HP motor that can be adjusted to operate at 5 different speeds ranging between 620 and 3100 RPM.
7JET 354165 JDP-15M 3/4-HP 15-Inch Bench Drill Press
Equipped with a 5/8-inch drill chuck and key, built-in work light, crank-operated rotating work table, a 3/4 HP 115/230-volt motor, a 15-inch swing, and an adjustable tension spindle, this particular drill press has it all. Its large work table and x-pattern grooves add quite a bit of flexibility, its powerful motor allows you to drill at great speeds under any conditions, and its time-saving hinged metal belt provide quick and easy access to the motor mount.
6SHOP FOX W1670
Allowing you to drill at any angle you need with just a few adjustments, the W1670 from Shop Fox is one of the most adjustable drill presses on the market. Similar to the W1667, this slightly improved version also features a compact, space-saving design and a powerful motor. Its tilting table and headstock allow surfaces to be sanded and drilled at almost any angle, with speeds ranging between 550 and 3470 RPM.
This 20-inch floor drill press features a 1.5 HP motor which makes it one of the strongest we know of, along with a smooth traveling table that rises and lowers at the turn of a crank, a built-in work light, a 3/4-inch chuck, and an overall sturdy build. It has 12 spindle speeds ranging from 150 to 4200 RPM, it weighs exactly 288 pounds, and comes with a 2-year warranty. Overall, the 354170/JDP-20MF from Jet is everything you would expect from a drill press.
4Powermatic PM2800B 1792800B Drill Press
The Powermatic PM2800B 1792800B drill press is one of the few drill presses that feature an adjustable fence system for rapid alignment of stock and an adjustable material stop for greater accuracy. Its mechanical variable speed allows quick speed adjustments with no belt changes while its 6-inch quill travels with just one revolution of the handle. Furthermore, this drill press features a digital RPM readout that lets you optimize the spindle speed as you see fit.
3WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press
Equipped with a sturdy 1/3 HP induction motor, this particular drill press can develop ample torque and power while being thoroughly accurate and smooth at the same time. It has a 2-inch spindle travel that is accurate enough to allow repeatable drilling operations without making big manual adjustments, while its 1/2-inch keyed chuck is one of the strongest of all drill presses being sold these days. It also has to be said that it features a 6-1/2 x 6-1/2-inch cast iron work table that is fully height-adjustable while being able to bevel up to 45 degrees in any direction.
2SKIL 3320-01 120-Volt 10-Inch Drill Press
This particular drill press from Skil is intended for any woodworker looking for the absolute greatest precision drilling press on the market. Due to its x2 2-beam laser technology, this drill press ensures precise hole alignment, with a depth adjustment subsystem that lets you drill down consistently as deep as you wish. Its 5-speed system allows you to adjust the overall drilling speed, a speed that ranges between 750 and 3050 RPM, while its fully tiltable work table can tilt between 0 and 45 degrees.
1Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station
Dremel’s 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station is one of the best-selling drill presses on the market and rightfully so. This highly adjustable work station allows the drilling of perpendicular and angled holes in 15-degree increments and up to 90 degrees horizontally. It comes with a tool holder that holds any given tool at a 90 degrees horizontal position during polishing, sanding, or grinding procedures, a flex shaft tool stand that allows telescopic adjustments of any height, and a crow’s nest for the onboard storage of any drill bits, wrenches, or Dremel accessories.