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Grizzly G7942 Five Speed Baby Drill Press – Review

Review of: Grizzly G7942

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On September 19, 2015
Last modified:September 15, 2015


Grizzly Inc.

Grizzly Industrial Inc. was founded in 1983 and has grown into one of the largest machinery companies in the United States. Their products can be found in large industrial production users’ shops as well as in smaller cabinet and machine shops. Grizzly machines have won numerous awards for quality and value. They have the widest product selection under one brand in the world and sell directly to the user, cutting out the dealer network, and resulting in lower prices to you. Grizzly ships 99% of all orders the same day and states that your order can get to you within a few days. Their goal is simple – to provide the best equipment at the lowest possible price and treat customers like they would want to be treated! This results in their well-known slogan: Try us – you will not be disappointed. But when it comes to the question of disappointment, opinions differ heavily. For example, some are completely satisfied with customer service support and other have very bad words for it. The newer tools are now made in Taiwan (what a shocker it’s not China!) and they provide only a 1 year warranty.

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Grizzly G7942 Five Speed Baby Drill Press

“Baby grizzly” drill press

Baby bear presents a drilling machine named Grizzly G7942 Five Speed Baby Drill Press. This is one small size bench drill press perfect for the small shops and home usage. Due to its size and weight it won’t get in your way when things get cramped. You can easily to put it away when your drilling is finished. It represents a fantastic compact solution and is also great for miniature work. The Grizzly G7942 Five Speed Baby Drill Press is renowned for its high performance and durable built quality. It offers the possibility of working easily with a high-power machine and material such as harder wood. The multi-speed function provides you with five different speeds which make your work more controlled and allows you to operate with different kinds of wood. All in all, the baby grizzly is decent enough for small projects. With this model you can expect years of trouble-free enjoyable operation.

No surprise there

As most drill presses when you open your package you will find: parts, parts and parts. A miracle of receiving a machine which doesn’t require assembly did not happen. The new rule of the wild: grizzly also comes in parts. The box contains a table, column, base and head. The estimated assembly time is 2 to 3 hours. So grab a cold drink and get to work.

Key features and dimensions

The motor of this model processes with 1/3 horsepower and 110v, which is a bit weaker than the very popular and competitive Rikon 30-100 8 inch drill press (1/2 horsepower motor, 120v). The precise ½-inch drilling capacity is decent enough for small projects. This drill press comes with a drill chuck of 1-64-Inch – 1/2-Inch. You can work smoothly with the high-quality chuck for perfect drilling. It provides you with the option of using 5 speeds and the table can tilt 90-degrees left and right. The 14 x 18 x 9 inches dimension of the product as well as the 40 pounds weight makes it possible to be comfortably placed in a small workshop.

  • Item Weight: 40.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 18 x 9 inches
  • Material: steel
  • Motor: 1/3 H.P. TEFC motor 110V
  • Drill chuck: 1-64-Inch – 1/2-Inch ; Drilling capacity: 1/2-Inch steel; Motor: 1/3 H.P. TEFC motor 110V
  • Number of speeds: 5


Users say

Grizzly is a well-known manufacturer of power tools and has a lot of users. An user stated: “Ordered, paid and delivered within a week. I unpacked, and assembled within 2 1/2 hours. The drill is silent and meets its specification”, another said: “This tool is adequate for those tasks in which a hand drill does not give sufficient positional control and you wish that you had a drill press. Now for very little money you can keep one on the back bench.” But not everything is so shiny “As an engineer and a tinkerer who does some occasional woodworking & metalworking I’d rate this drill press a great buy. It does the job, perhaps not like a $500 drill press, but it’s much more than $95 better than no drill press. Parts are of reasonable quality excepting the drill distance stop collar which is made of plastic”. “This is the best drill press for the money. Solid construction, pulleys are metal, not plastic like the Skill or other bench top versions and it has a fantastic chuck for the drill bits. I don’t know if you believe size matters, but the chuck is twice as large as other similar presses,” this one seems pretty satisfied.

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Pros and cons

Pros: Motor with enough power; silence performance; good quality drill press; reliable customer service; easy storage; low price for the given quality

Cons: the drill distance stop collar is made of plastic therefore it is easy to break (but customer service support will send you a new one at your earliest convenience); another problem is a small table.

Final verdict

Grizzly offers you a drilling machine that is efficient and durable which makes it a perfect choice for small shops and home usage. The size and weight of the drill makes it possible for you to keep it in storage in case you are not using it all the time. This drill press is easy to use and assemble and also possesses enough horsepower for its intended purpose. The low price and quality of the end product also need to be taken into consideration because when it comes to purchasing well almost anything, everybody is looking for the best quality for a small price. This tool will make you one of the grizzly users of the “baby bear” community.

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