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Northern Industrial Tools Benchtop Mini Drill Press

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On September 21, 2015
Last modified:September 15, 2015


Family company

Northern Tool + Equipment is a family business that takes pride in their ability to equip you with the tools to tackle tough challenges. They strive to build lasting relationships and promote a fun and unique Northern experience. Based at World Headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA, their professional staff provides in-depth experienced and exceptional personal assistance to customers worldwide. They have a wide selection of products from consumer goods to industrial and construction equipment to do-it-yourselfers, contractors and professional shops. They run under the following core values: know your customer, provide value, act with integrity, empower the individual, be innovative and strangely the last one is have fun. A amusing little family, right? Also on their webpage you can find the whole story about the roots of the business. According to the information online, these tools are also made by a “Chinese family”, and they offer a 2 year warranty.

 Benchtop Mini Drill Press review
Northern Industrial Tools Benchtop Mini Drill Press

Mini drill press

If you are looking for a compact, yet durable drill press that will easily fit on the corner of your workbench, don’t look further. Northern Industrial Mini Drill Press is especially designed for light jobs and small projects. This model is very simple to assemble, set up and operate even if you have no previous drilling experience. It is a perfect mini drill press that gives you a chance to drill with accuracy.

And the box includes

When you get your dear drill press and open the box, you will of course find it in parts. When you throw away the gift wrap you will have to assemble it. The box includes: the drill press, the chuck key, the Allen key and silica gel.

Key features and dimensions

This device is characterized by 5 speed function which is 620–3100 revolutions per minute. Also the motor has 1/3 horsepower with 120v, not bad for a machine that costs less than a TV but has more purpose in usage. Also the chunk size is ½ inches. The product dimensions are L x W x H (in.) = 7 x 16 15/16 x 22 ½ and the weight 42 pounds. Strong enough and light enough.

  • Worktable L x W (in.): 6 5/8 x 6 9/16
  • Vertical Stroke: 2 in
  • HP: 1/3
  • Chuck Size (in.): 1/2
  • Volts: 120
  • Speed (RPM): 620-3100
  • Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 7 x 16 15/16 x 22 1/2
  • Speeds (qty.): 5


Customers say

At the end, this is the most important part of every review. Specifications and praises from the manufacturer have never earned the trust of the users. And lets see what do people say about it. Firstly a user from South Carolina stated: “This drill press was a very pleasant surprise. Much better quality than what I expected and what I have seen from competitors. Cast base, table and upper housing; very sturdy. Spindle and chuck run true. I don’t think you could do better on the quality for this price.” Another praise by a user: “This is a nice little unit. For the price it will pay for itself in no time. I use it to drill holes in metal stock (mild steel)”, and yet another: “This is a great drill press for the home handyman. It was easy to assemble and set up. I have a work table that I mounted it to so it has a permanent place. It is easily adjustable for different thickness of material.” A consumer even used it in jewelry making: “This drill press is perfectly sized to put on a table or bench in your work area. It is light enough to move around easily. I use it to drill holes in small sterling silver components, shells, sea glass etc. that I put in my jewelry. I love it. It came with some assembly required, but it was very easy.”



Pros and Cons

Pros: The indisputable benefits of this model are threaded depth lock and a screwdriver handle. This popular handy mini model will help you to drill with accuracy and surgical precision smoothly and quietly. As well as an 11 5/8in. x 7 1/3in. base.

Cons: This drill is perfectly sized for mini tasks and light jobs, yet it is not designed for heavy duty operations. The drill may come with some assembly required, yet it is rather comprehensible and easy.

Final verdict

Northern Industrial Tools has given their customers a very reliable as well as a smooth operating drill press with a strong motor. It is perfect for home light jobs or small projects and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your workshop. The greatest benefit of this power tool machine are the high praises of the users, easy assembly and the price which is just ridiculous for the quality you will receive. Others which fall under the same price and are worth considering are WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press and EURO TOOL (DRL-300.00) Bench-Top Drill Press.

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