Have a project that requires a bit more accuracy than you’re able to achieve via a standard drill? If you need to create holes that are evenly spaced and perfectly symmetrical you may want to invest in a drill press. Available in two types – bench or floor – drill presses are specifically designed for pure accuracy. Plus, they also tend to offer a lot more power and speed than a handheld drill which is useful for getting your job done faster and more efficiently.
Finding the right drill press for your project can be a bit tough, though. There are tons of them available and their features vary quite a bit. Some models are mainly intended for commercial use while others can be used by hobbyists and small shops. The prices of these pieces of equipment vary greatly, too. In order to find one that perfectly fits your needs, you’re probably going to need some help. That’s exactly what Consumer Essentials is here for. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite drill presses as well as some general information that will help guide you in your purchase.
Can’t make up your mind about which drill press to get? Want to cut out all the research and statistics and just get that drill you need? Well, we’re here to save the day! The Consumer Essentials team has exhaustively tested more than a dozen different drill presses to determine which ones provide ample power, pinpoint precision, and other helpful features. After compiling the data our team accrued, we’ve created a list of what we think are the five best drill presses on the market. Use this list to quickly narrow down your selection and get the drill you need for your projects.
The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Quality Drill Press
Don’t know where to start when looking around for a drill press? Don’t stress yourself out over it, Consumer Essentials will help you figure everything out. Below, we’ve provided a guide that will explain the features you need to look for when shopping around for one of these drills. This guide will help you learn more about the mechanics of the drill, understand what features are necessary for one to be deemed “high-quality”, and more. Read through it now so you can start narrowing down your choices and get that drill you need as soon as possible.
The most important aspect of a drill press, by far, is the total power it can exert. To determine how effective a drill is you should first figure out the details of the motor behind it. A good amount of power means that not only will get clean, accurate holes, but also that you won’t have to put a lot of manual energy into making your cuts. So, you’ll get better performance and save yourself from needing to use unnecessary amounts of strength.
Generally speaking, you want to look for motors that have a decent amount of amps or horsepower. 2-3 amps is good, 5 or more is better. 1/4 to 1/2 horsepower is decent, but, as you would imagine, 3/4 to 1 HP motors perform better. These stats are fairly simple and easy to spot. Most product listings will reveal the total power of the motor.
Obviously the next biggest thing should be the overall accuracy of the machine. After all, you’re buying a drill press for its precision advantages over a traditional handheld drill, right? Precision can be rather tough to determine. Features such as laser guides and depth adjustments are good indications that a machine will create accurate holes. For angled drilling you definitely want to look for models that have tilting work surface as well. Most are capable of tilting between 0 and 45 degrees.
Whether you work exclusively with wood or with a number of different materials, the speed of a drill press matters quite a bit, too. To get more out of your drill you’ll definitely want to find a model that offers multiple speed options. Drills with varying speeds are capable of making cuts on a bigger selection of materials including wood, metal, plastic, and more.
Lower speeds are best used for metals or thicker materials. Running the drill at a lower speed may slow down cutting, but it also helps to maintain the motor without overheating it. Higher speeds, on the other hand, are better suited for pieces of wood. The higher rotations make it possible to create holes quite quickly in wood without any troubles.