The 10 Best Drill Presses

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Best Drill Press

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drill presses currently available.

UPDATED: September 12, 2019.

These versatile tools can be mounted to a shop floor or bench to provide stability when drilling. Most models feature a handle mounted on the side of the unit that when rotated moves the chuck up and down over the material to be drilled.

The ability to clamp material to the table of the press also makes it easier to control when compared to a hand-held cordless drill. This design allows for precise positioning, especially when making multiple holes in a workpiece.

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The following drill presses use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Drill Presses.

Enjoy!


  1. WEN 4208 8-Inch Drill Press

The WEN 4208 8-Inch 5-speed Drill Press is constructed with a rigid frame consisting of cast iron: head, table, and base ensuring accurate holes.

  • Powerful induction motor features ball bearings for an extended life.

  • ½” chuck with JT33 spindle taper provides maximum versatility.

  • Slotted table allows for mounting clamps and vises.

  • Worktable bevels 45°.

  • Base contains predrilled holes for mounting onto a bench or work stand.

    Check out this unboxing and assembly video of the WEN 4208:


2. SKIL 3320-01 10-Inch Drill Press

The SKIL 3320-01 10-Inch Drill Press with X2 2-Beam Laser helps ensure precise hole alignment.

  • Depth adjustment system lets you drill down consistently every time.

  • Five speeds cut holes cleanly through wood, metal and other materials.

  • Work surface tilts from zero to 45 degrees.

  • Square work surface helps support large pieces of material.

  • 1/2-inch keyed chuck accepts larger bits for woodworking and cutting.


3. JET 354170/JDP-20MF 20-Inch Drill Press

The Jet 354170 JDP-20MF 20-inch floor drill press spins bits up to 3/4 of an inch with 12 speeds from 150 to 4,200 rpm.

  • Equipped with a built-in work lamp and adjustable tension spindle return spring.

  • Hinged metal belt and pulley cover for easy access to quick-adjustment motor.

  • Features 1/2-inch diameter external positive depth stop with three-nut locking.

  • Smooth-traveling table raises and lowers at the turn of a crank to exactly where you need it.

  • Rotating, 45-degree tilting worktable that also features a quick-release clamp.


Must-have Accessories

Don't forget the drill bits and vise.


4. Shop Fox W1848 13.25-Inch Drill Press

The Shop Fox W1848 13.25-Inch Drill Press features a unique oscillating spindle for efficient contour sanding.

  • Convert from drilling operations to sanding operations in a matter of seconds with just a few tool-free steps.

  • Oscillation reduces heat build up and leaves a smooth finish when sanding.

  • Ability to tilt the table 90-degrees to both the left and right.

  • Adjust the table height and tilt to accommodate for workpiece height or achieve special drilling or sanding angles.

  • Includes a 3-piece spindle sander drum kit with a mandrel and 80 grit sanding paper to fit the 1-inch, 1-1/2-inch and 2-inch drums.


5. Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press

The Delta 18-900L 18 in. Laser Drill Press features a heavy-duty motor for powerful performance and an auto-tensioning belt drive system for effortless speed changes.

  • An LED lamp illuminates the work surface for enhanced visibility.

  • Adjustable laser lines intersect to mark where the drill bit will descend into your workpiece.

  • Features sixteen speeds for optimal drilling performance in various materials.

  • Rack-and-pinion height adjustment.

  • Adjustable locking levers allow for easy angle adjustments to the table top.

  • Table bevels 0-90 degrees left and right, tilts forward 0-48 degrees.

  • T-slots for clamping, and a removable/replaceable center insert for through-the-table drilling.


6. DEWALT DWE1622K Magnetic Drill Press

The DEWALT DWE1622K 2" 2-Speed Magnetic Drill Press features a 10 amp motor with 2-speed settings that provide optimal performance in a variety of applications.

  • Magnetic self feed cooling tank allows the user to regulate the flow of cooling fluid and can be placed on either side of tool or on a work surface to allow for a variety of tool orientations.

  • Overload protection electronics which prevent motor damage and excess accessory wear designed for long life.

  • A Quick Change chuck system allows for tool free change between 3/4" Weldon Shank and 1/2" keyed chuck.

  • Quick Release feed handles provide tool free change of handles to either side of the tool.

  • 4" Drill travel offers maximum capacity for heavy duty applications.

  • Motor height adjustment that gives greater range of accessory compatibility.


7. Rockwell RK7033 10-Inch Drill Press

The ShopSeries 10" Drill Press is equipped with a 6.2-amp motor, making it ideal for repetitive precision cutting in materials such as wood, plastic, and metal.

  • 1/2˝ drill chuck allows for the use of woodworking and metal drill bits as well as sanding drums with up to a 1/2" shank.

  • Keyed safety switch prevents accidental starting and provides enhanced operator security.

  • Features five operating speeds ranging from 620 to 3100 rpm.

  • Durable cast iron work table bevels up to 45 degrees left and right to improve flexibility and accuracy.


8. NOVA 58000 18-Inch Drill Press

NOVA 58000 Voyager DVR Drill Press
Teknatool International

The NOVA 58000 DVR 18 inch drill press utilizes a micro-processor for constant monitoring of the motor and environmental conditions to adjust power and power to suit.

  • Includes 50-5500 rpm variable speed.

  • 18" swing, 9" from spindle center to column.

  • 6" quill stroke, 2MT quill taper, mechanical depth stop.

  • Digital quill depth and digital speed readout.

  • Dial knob for precise speed adjustment.

  • Onboard sensors for superior safety, use and maintenance.

  • Direct drive motor is smooth with no pulleys or belts to vibrate.


9. BUCKTOOL 10-Inch Drill Press

The BUCKTOOL 10-Inch Drill Press features a laser alignment system allowing you to lock on to your drill locations quickly.

  • Table and base is built from durable cast iron.

  • Worktable bevels 45° to the left and right.

  • Base contains predrilled holes for mounting onto a bench or work stand.

  • Slots on table can be used to mount clamps and vises.


10. WEN 4214 12-Inch Drill Press

WEN’s 12-inch swing, variable speed drill press with laser centering device, is packed with features that you’ll find in larger more industrial type drill presses.

  • A digital readout powered by LED’s displays the running speed.

  • Constructed with a rigid frame consisting of cast iron: head, table, and base, ensures accurate holes.

  • The 5/8” chuck with MT2 spindle taper.

  • Slotted table allows for mounting clamps and vises for effective mounting.

  • X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials.


I hope this list of the best drill presses was helpful.

If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C