Power is the most significant advantage of the drill press. You can drill hard materials with leverage instead of sweat. They’re going to drill a direct hole through or through your stuff. This would be useful when you need to drill large holes with Forstner bits or steel, or other metal. Also, small bits require a massive effort to drill metal. Save all that energy by using a drill press.
You can drill repeated holes with a basic jig by merely sliding your stock from side to side and holding it to a moving fence. Attach a Mortising jig, and you’ve got a mortise system now. Or drum sanding pieces, and you’ve got a flexible sander for irregular surfaces. Attach a wire brush or polishing arbor, and you can use it to clean the tools, polish the brass, etc. I use mine to polish my necklace when it’s needed.
I gave a rotating drill press that allows the head to be turned from side to side or corners, either way, or extended, with a broader range of widths. I’m living with its versatility. I can set my stock to a fixed fence and turn it to the right size. I’ve got mine from the Harbor Freight Tools. Anyway, I don’t think they are manufacturing them anymore, which I have been using strong for 20 years. I wish it had a bigger motor than this. But it does the job.
Editor’s choice: WEN 4214 Speed Drill Press
- Infinitely variable speed ranges from 580-3200 RPMS. Mechanical variable speed delivers equal torque throughout the range. LED read out displays speed.
- Spindle Travel of 3-1/8″ with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable drilling operations. Front to the back of the motor is 22 inches
- Quill diameter of 2.17 inches. Durable 2/3hp induction motor develops ample torque and power. Motor: 120 V, 60 Hz. Laser Module: Class III
- 9-1/2 x 9-1/2″ cast iron worktable features rack & pinion height adjustment and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right. Width with the handles: 14-1/2″
DEWALT Thickness Planer
WTSCLS Polishing Wheel