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Top 3 drill presses for woodworking – full review


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On October 4, 2018
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Summary:

Top 3 drill presses used for woodwork are presented. Detailed reviews of every model.

Here are the reviews of the top 3 drill presses used for woodworking.

So you are here. Drill press cutting wood

That means only one thing: You have some wood that needs cutting. You are looking for a drilling experience that would be easy, comfortable, flawless and last but not least important, cheap.

I will present top 3 drill presses sturdy enough but capable of penetrating thick wooden objects without damaging them. This is a big decision and you should carefully consider key features before finding your perfect match.

 

1. SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

Your small workshop needs an accessory; well this is the right necklace. With 5 different speeds (ranging from 750 to 3050 RPM) it is suitable for various wooden craft projects large or small. Drilling through the thickest wood is like cutting through butter with the SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press all due to the motor which has a remarkable torque.

SKIL 3320 drill press for wood
SKIL 3320 drill press

It gets better and better…

The cast iron worktable has the ability to tilt from 0 to 45 degrees which offers you flexibility and a close control of the drilling process. The worktable is height adjustable and measures 7-5/8 x 7-5/8 inches. Another great feature is an adjustable depth stop.

That’s not all

When it comes to precision, well the laser does all the work and allows higher accuracy. In addition, the chuck gives you a choice of using different sorts of bits necessary for different projects.

What’s in the box?

Of course you will get the SKIL 3320 10-Inch Drill Press Motor Unit, followed by cast iron base and work table, 2 AA batteries, and one chuck key.

Dimensions and Specifications

This drill press has the dimensions of 21.8 x 15.2 x 9.8 inches and weighs 52.2 pounds.

Technical specifications 

Skil 3320 drill press woodwork
Skil 3320 drill press for wood

Amperage: 3.2

Rating: 120V

No Load RPM: 5 Speed; 750-3,050

Chuck Size: 1/2-Inch

Drill on Center: 10-Inches

Tilting Work Table: 0-45 Degrees

Table Size: 7-5/8-Inches

Certifications: cSAus

Laser: X2 2-beam laser

PROS

  • Affordable price (slightly above 100$)
  • Exceptionally quiet motor
  • Smooth operation
  • Accurate and precise
  • Suitable for any woodworking project
  • Worktable can be tilted up to 45-degree angle

CONS

  • AA batteries for lasers die quickly, but replacement is easily found

User review

When you look at the price and the reviews, you think it’s too good to be true. However in this case most users were surprised, me as well. The assembly was easy, and the drill press itself well-built and sturdy. The laser is a really nice touch and particularly useful. This drill press is a great value and excellent for beginners especially.

 

2. WEN 4210 Drill Press with Laser, 10-Inch

A compact 10-inch drill press holds some of the best features of a large-scale industrial floor drill press and it called WEN 4210 10-inch drill press. It is chosen in the top 3 for woodwork even though it is also suitable for metal, plastic and more.

WEN 4210 drill press woodwork
WEN 4210 drill press

The 5 speed system can be set at 600, 1100, 1700, 2400  or 3100 RPM depending on your needs. The holes can be drilled at the depth of 2 – ½ inches and let’s not forget the depth adjustment gauge which makes a great addition. Smooth and balanced performance is secured thanks to the durable induction motor, which features ball bearings.

There is more

A great variety of bits can be used due to the ½-inch chuck with JT33 spindle taper. The WEN’s 7-5/8” x 7-5/8” cast iron worktable can be tilted 45 degrees in either direction providing a much more precise drilling process.

And the best part is

The X-pattern laser locates the exacted spot that the bit will drill through and provides you with the maximum level of precision. In addition to increasing your precision and visibility, WEN has given you an onboard work light.

Check other WEN models.

What’s in the box?

The WEN 4210 drill press, class II 1mW laser, 1/2″ keyed chuck and key and tools for assembly.

Dimensions and specifications

This drill press has the dimensions of 21.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches and weighs 51 pounds.

Technical specifications

  • Five Speed Operation: 600-3100 RPM
  • Depth Adjustment Gauge
  • 1/2-inch Keyed Chuck
  • 3.2 Amp Motor
  • 10-inch Swing
  • 2-1/2-inch Spindle Travel
  • X pattern Precision Laser

PROS

  • Affordable price (around 120$)
  • Smooth and quiet operation
  • Accurate depth stop
  • Easy assembly and usage
  • Accurate and precise
  • Worktable can be tilted up to 45-degree angle

CONS

  • Manually adjust the laser before you start working
  • On first usage you might see a bit wobble (tighten the belt)

User review

A low priced drill press that offers exactly what it says. It is very solid and it takes about 20 minutes to put it together. The work light is a nice addition as well as the laser. Drilling into wood has gone smoothly and therefore for typical home use it is a must buy.

 

3. WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

If you are a handyman or a semiprofessional looking to improve the accuracy of your woodwork, the WEN 4214 12 inch drill press is the perfect match for you. The 2/3 HP motor apart from doing miracles with wood, it can also penetrate metal and plastic. Drilling holes for your DIY projects has never been easier thanks to the spindle that travels deep with the length of 3-1/8 inches.

WEN 4212 drill press for woodwork
WEN 4212 drill press

Speed maters too

This model offers mechanical variable speed ranging from 580 to 3200 RPM with a simple turn of a lever as well as a digital LED readout that shows you the current speed of your drill press. Another great addition is the option of locking the linear depth stop, which offers the possibility of drilling the exact same hole, as many times you want.

There is more

The worktable can tilt 45 degrees left and right giving you the option of finding your perfect angle. The X pattern laser locks on your drill points providing the maximum precision while the onboard work light contributes and increases visibility.

What’s in the box?

The WEN 4214 12-inch drill press, X-pattern laser, table roller extension, a 5/8″ keyed chuck and key, as well as tools for assembly.

Dimensions and specifications

This drill press has the dimensions of 13.5 x 36.6 x 16.8 inches and weighs 89 pounds.

Technical specifications

  • 12 inches swing
  • 3-1/8 inches spindle travel
  • Variable speeds: 580 – 3200 RPM
  • Chuck capacity 5/8 inch
  • Height 36-1/2 inches
  • Table size: 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 Inches
  • 5 Amp induction motor
  • X pattern Precision Laser

PROS

  • Wide range of speed
  • Powerful motor
  • Easy assembly
  • Laser precision and accuracy
  • Cast iron table offers plenty of space
  • Digital readout meter (interpret the speed level)

CONS

  • In order to tilt the table you will need to loosen a nut manually
  • Semiprofessional drill press

User review

“This drill press is simply great! My biggest concern was the potential wobble from the end of the chuck, but there isn’t any. The laser, the variable speed system, the digital readout all together make a whole package drill press made for everyone. Even if you are a beginner, this is the drill press for you. WEN really offers best value for money”.

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