Best Drill Press

A Best Drill Press might look intimidating, but in reality, it’s one of the easiest woodworking tools that you can use. And the safest. There are countless Best Drill Press out there, and that makes it a little daunting when you are narrowing down your search. Asking yourself key questions such as how you’ll be using the tool, what size cuts you want to make, and how much space you have, will help you to get closer to finding the Best Drill Press that you need. We’re going to give you a head start by sharing the top rated band saws on the market, while also highlighting the key features and design elements that make some models stand out from the rest.

No matter what  Best Drill Press you choose, it cannot be emphasized enough that to get the most out of the tool, you have to be knowledgeable about its design. Educate yourself about how to properly set up, use, and maintain your band saw, and you’re going to see that this is the smart way to get the most out of your purchase.There’s really so much that this remarkable tool can do, so get yourself ready to experience a whole new level of precision, ease, and enjoyment in your woodworking.This buyers guide details everything you need to know about the best Drill Press:

WEN 4214 12-Inch Variable Speed Drill Press

Remember when power tools were actually powerful? The WEN 12-inch Variable Speed Drill Press powers through metal, wood, plastic and other materials. Drill a 5/8 inch hole through heavy duty cast iron. The mechanical variable speed allows you to target in the exact RPM (from 580 to 3200) for your project with the simple turn of a lever while the digital LED readout displays the current speed. The powerful induction motor features ball bearings for an extended life and balanced performance. The 5/8-inch chuck with MT2 spindle taper gives you versatility with a variety of bits and features on-board chuck key storage. Worktable bevels 45° left and right for those tricky operations for the perfect right angles consistently. The X-pattern laser locks-on to your drill points, saving on guesswork and sparing expensive materials. Remember when you could drill with laser precision? Remember WEN.

  • Infinitely variable speed ranges from 580-3200 RPMS. Mechanical variable speed delivers equal torque throughout the range. LED read out displays speed.
  • Spindle Travel of 3-1/8″ with easy to read, locking linear depth stop for accurate and repeatable drilling operations
  • Quill diameter of 2.17 inches. Durable 2/3hp induction motor develops ample torque and power. Motor: 120 V, 60 Hz. Laser Module: Class III
  • 9-1/2 x 9-1/2″ cast iron worktable features rack & pinion height adjustment and bevels up to 45 Degree left & right
  • Includes drill press, mechanical variable speed, laser, table roller extension, 5/8″ keyed chuck & key, tools for assembly

Shop Fox W1668 3/4 HP Bench  Drill Press

To those of you who are conecerned with the poor packaging leading to damage during shipping I am happy to report that Shop Fox changed how they ship this drill press. There was a note dated November 2016 explaining that it was now being shipped in two boxes to help protect the drill press.

This is a great drill press! It is heavy and accurate. It is obviously well made and has very little runout. It was easy to set up. Be aware, this is a BIG drill press! It might as well be a floor model it’s so big. Also, I’ve already used the sanding option and it worked perfect. One less tool I need to buy. I ended up making a tool stand because this press is too big to sit on a regular sized table.

This a lot of tool for the money. It is solid, powerful and heavy, and despite some lackluster finish details, it performs very well for my needs. It was easy to assemble and everything fit. The owner’s manual matches the tool and the assembly instructions were clear enough. The only missing piece was the cap screw for the chuck, but a quick trip to the hardware store and 50 cents later, I was back in business.

The outside box was in bad shape when delivered. The corners were all crushed or torn. But the inside box was intact and, though some parts had shifted around, there was no damage. The styrofoam packing is pretty lightweight and probably not sufficient for stuff as heavy as this, but somehow all was unscathed. As mentioned before, the finish details  could be better. The table and base are flat and nicely ground, and the table was set perfectly perpendicular to the chuck right out of the box.

The unit runs smoothly and it is pretty quiet compared to my old drill press. Runout seems minimal. I didn’t measure it, but I drilled several holes with an 8″ long 1/2 inch bit, and the holes were round. The oscillating function is awesome and runs smoothly. I anticipate using it a lot.

I shopped for a long time for a drill press, and even though some of the reviews on this unit were scary, I decided to take a chance due to the features I was looking for and the price. I am really happy with my choice. I think it is a very good value and I expect to use this tool for many years.Now that they have changed the packaging to reduce damage.


I fully recommend this drill press. You won’t be disappointed!

SKIL 3320-01 3.2 Amp 10-Inch Drill Press

 The drill press. As a retired quality control manager for a very large tool company, I know tools. My initial impression “out of the box” was quite positive, table is nicely machined, painting is well done and general fit and finish is excellent . Assembly was straight forward and very easy. (Note here: I’ve spoken with many customers over the years who didn’t clean the spindle and drill chuck before installing, some even applied oil, then couldn’t keep the chuck on the spindle taper. It’s very important the the spindle taper and the chuck taper be cleaned with a solvent. Any oil on either taper will result in the chuck not staying on.)(we have written a guide about Impact Wrench and chainsaw)

I chucked a piece of drill rod and set the table to “0” using a high quality machinist square. The zero indicator was off very slightly, not enough to affect most jobs. Then checked to see how well the drill rod was parallel to the drill column and was very surprised to discovery it was almost perfect.

I have to say I’m impressed.I checked the runout by placing a drill rod in the chuck, then took a measurement 100mm from the chuck. Indicated runout was 0.009″ which is a little more than I’d like to see but not bad considering the cost of this unit. I then measured how much “slop” there was between the quill and the head casting. At zero extension it measured 0.006″ and at full extension measured 0.012″. That’s actually pretty good and better than I’ve seen on some much more expensive drill presses.

There is no mechanism, such as a lever, to apply tension to the drive belt but that’s not a problem, just loosen the two wing nuts and push on the motor to tension then tighten the wing nuts. The drive belt is typical low quality Chinese and is “shedding” inside the belt cover more than I would consider normal however, I don’t see this ever becoming a real problem.I do have some concern with the motor though as it gets quite hot after running for 15 minutes or so under very light load drilling 1/8″ holes in pine.I don’t find the laser sight to be particularly useful though. The “X” where the two lights beams cross is rather wide plus in bright light it’s very hard to see.In the end I am quite pleased with this small drill press. It’s accurate, well built and sturdy. It’s hands down the nicest small drill press I’ve seen and I believe would please most all users.

WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press

 This is a great deal if you are in the market for an economical drill press. I am surprised by the quality of the unit thusfar. It should retail for $100 based on what you get. I paid slightly more than half that, a great deal.
It had no trouble drilling through a 2×4 with a 1-3/4″ forstner bit on the lowest speed. It does have it’s limits though and if you try to power through too hard, the belt will slip. That said, it’s not a heavy duty unit bit should be fine for light use.

A great simple press. I needed a press to machine 6016 aluminum to finish lower AR receivers. To do this I needed to make straight holes and I needed enough power to get through the alloy. I put the belt on the second to highest torque setting, which would mean the second to slowest speed and the press worked great.

Everything on this press is rough. It’s not a work of art, but it is strong, relatively light and it will make holes. If that’s all you need then look no further.When I use this press I clamp it to my work bench, then put it under for storage. A larger press would make moving it much more difficult.

Powerful. Versatile. Compact.

Remember when power tools were actually powerful? WEN’s 8-inch 5-Speed Drill Press is compact enough to limit space on your work bench but powerful enough to drill through metal, wood, plastics, and more. Drill up to a 1/2-inch hole in heavy-duty cast iron. Its powerful induction motor features ball bearing construction for an extended life, providing smooth and balanced performance even at high speeds. The 1/2-inch JT33 chuck gives you versatility with a variety of bits while the worktable bevels up to 45° left and right. Constructed with a rigid frame and a cast iron head, table, and base, ensure accurate holes and convenient drilling operations every time.


Remember when you could drill holes in any material with ease? Remember WEN.

Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Workstation Drill Press 

I just love this Dremel drill press station. The construction is very solid with mostly metal parts. Some parts use hard acrylic plastic but are quite sturdy. This makes an excellent addition if you have a dremel drill and need a vertical drill press. This press also has the ability to change the angle from straight-down (90 degrees) to other angles as well. The press has adjustment to position the drill head at various heights on the shaft as well.

The critical parts come already assembled. There is some assembly required and there is an instruction booklet. But the instructions were not clear and left some critical steps out: For example, when assembling the metal shaft, which comes in two pieces, one narrower than the other, you have to insert the smaller shaft into the larger shaft from the bottom.

Not explained in the instructions is how to mount the dremel into the press: On your dremel you have to unscrew the ring at the head where you insert drill bits, then mount the dremel in the press ensuring it is 90 degrees perpendicular, and re-screw the head ring onto the dremel which secures it to the drill support mechanism.