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Top 3 Drill presses for Metal

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On November 26, 2018
Last modified:November 26, 2018


Reasons why a drill press is needed to drill metal and the best 3 drill presses for metal are presented and reviewed.

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This article will review the top 3 drill presses used when working with metal. These drill presses are very versatile and can make your way of life in the workshop much easier. But, before we introduce and review the 3 best drill presses, let’s first present the 5 reasons you need a drill press for metalworking.

5 reasons you need a drill press for metal

Reason 1: Accuracy

Drill press offers a possibility to drill more holes all day long and they will be the same size, shape and equal depth. It eliminates the need to have a steady hand.

Reason 2: No locked-up drill bit

The possibility of getting a drill bit locked up doesn’t exits anymore. Just clamp the part into a vise on a nice steady drill press table, adjust the speed and run down the hand wheel. You get a perfect hole without any trouble.

Reason 3: Tapping

If you have many holes to tap, it can be a bit difficult. With a drill press just run the tap into a pre-drilled hole and extract it with a flip of a switch.

Reason 4: Easy swirl patterns

A drill press is the best option if you need a swirl mark on your dash panel. You can use abrasive wheel or a brush to duplicate the swirl pattern over an entire surface. This is a good solution in case you need to hide finger prints or scratches or simply customize a panel.

Reason 5: Any drill capacity available

Get a drill press with the capacity you need without modifying the drill bits. Furthermore, you can insert the chuck for smaller straight bits.

Top 3 drill presses for metal


1. WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

WEN 4212 drill press for woodwork
WEN 4212 drill press

This drill press is the perfect accessory for any workshop. It features two key points in any metal drilling process: a full 12-inch swing level and a laser guided accuracy. The drill speed ranges from 580 – 3200 RPM which is also a nice touch for drilling high quality holes continuously. The WEN 4214 can accommodate drill bits up to 5/8 inches as well as make holes in tough metals such as 1-inch thick cast iron. The drill press is moderately prices compared to others in the same class but offers the same power and high quality that will last long. With it you will get quickly drilled holes into the metal surface.

The Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Wide speed range
  • Easy assembly
  • Cast iron table with plenty space
  • Digital readout meter
  • Laser precision and accuracy

The Cons

  • In order to tilt the table, you will need to loosen a nut manually


Check out the full review of the WEN 4214.


2. Powermatic PM2800B 1792800B Drill Press

Powermatic PM2800B review
Powermatic PM2800B Drill Press

This drill press has mechanical variable speeds and is super accurate due to the remarkable digital readout. It also features a fence with a 90-degree angle alignment and the possibility for stopping if multiple holes with the same size are being drilled.

This drill press is created to do tough metal drilling jobs regularly with a smooth precision. If you can afford it, take it. It is a high-class drill press for metal.

The Pros

  • Variable speed
  • Easy usage
  • User friendly
  • Flexible and durable

The Cons

  • Can be noisy


Check out the full review of the Powermatic PM2800B.


3. SKIL 3320-01 120-Volt 10-Inch Drill Press

SKIL 3320-01 drill press
SKIL 3320-01

The SKIL 3320-01 is a drill press made for tough work but for a much lower price. It offers the choice between 5 drill speeds (570 – 3,050 RPM) and a full 10-inch swing. The laser guiding system ensures precise holes and the unit itself has enough torque to handle even thick metal drilling. The motor is powerful with 3.2 amp and the cast iron base and depth adjustment offer up to a 45-degree angle cut. Furthermore, the drill press weighs 55 pounds and is therefore easily portable.

The Pros

  • High precision
  • Laser accuracy
  • Variable speeds
  • Well built
  • Quiet operation

The Cons

  • Laser lights sometimes stop working

Check out the full review of SKIL 3320-01.

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