What to look for?
A bench-top drill press (which is significantly more powerful than the cordless drill) can deliver a swing between 8 to 12 inches, which determines the width of the material that it can deal with. This amount of power is ample to successfully complete all construction jobs you may have around the house. The motor of a drill press is another essential feature that determines its worthiness. A drill press powered by a motor of higher horsepower will be able to cut through thicker material more aggressively. A big advantage that bench-top drill presses have for amateur construction workers and home-improvers is that it is portable and compact. This means that it won’t hog up space in your workshop and can be stowed away when not in use.
The basic operation of a drill press is to bore sharp, accurate holes into materials at desired depths. Their versatility range can be expanded by adding attachments. Out of the myriad of options available, some features are essential to get the best out of your bench-top drilling press. So, keep in mind the following when you pick out a bench-top drill press:
- Durability: Considering the kind of high-intensity, friction-prone work that is demanded of a bench-top drill press, it is necessary that it be designed for durability along with high performance. The design of the table and base of the saw is of utmost importance as it lends sturdiness too the machine and increases convenience for the user. These should be ribbed and slotted to provide strength and should be placed flat to ensure precision during drilling. If the table can be adjusted in height and can be swiveled around 360-degrees, it greatly enhances the flexibility of the machine, increasing its versatility and adding value to it.The head of the drill should be constructed in a sturdy metal such as cast iron to provide defense to the motor, quill and pinion shaft, to maintain the machine in optimum condition despite heavy-duty usage.
- Chuck design: A chuck that can be tightened with a wrench or a key is always better than one that needs to be tightened by hand. Drill manufactures have also optimised the chuck design to make it versatile. A ½ inch capacity is ideal for a bench-top dill press chuck so that it can equip varied bits and accessories with ease.
- Adjustment options: The presence of a depth-adjustment gauge eliminates the requirement for re-checking every time you make a hole at the same depth. These depth stops help maintain consistency while boring repeatedly by controlling how deep the bit drills into the material. An adjustable motor bracket helps to assure the most suitable belt tension to achieve accurate results, while lending support to the motor.
- Variable speed options: It is advisable to look for a drill press that provides you with a speed range to work across so you can choose the ideal speed according to the material at hand. Metals require a slower speed to get the neatest drilling results, while woods need to worked on at medium to high speeds to avoid splintering. Ideally, a range of 500-4000 RPM suits a variety of applications on a number of materials.This range also gives you the freedom to explore the versatility of your drill press by mortising, sanding and grooving, other than drilling.
- Weight: Unlike with hand-held tools, weight is actually an advantage for stationary tools such as the bench-top drill press. The more mass the machine has, the more vibration it will absorb, keeping the drilling operation smooth.