We’ll step things up a gear as we near the end of our drill press reviews with a heavyweight beast from the stellar JET, this time a floor-standing model ideal for larger workshops and more ambitious drilling needs.
If you need to process larger sheets of metal in a commercial setting where time is money, the JET is tailor-made. Variable speeds make drilling even the toughest metal straightforward while boring through thinner workpieces is child’s play.
Scope out the core functionality of this exceptional drill press before we laser in on what makes this unit perfect for home craftsmen and pros alike…
First thing’s first, if you’re looking to drill the occasional hole and you’ve got a small home workshop, this is an unnecessary beast. If, on the other hand, you have a consistent need to work with bulky sheets of harder metal, this might be the smartest investment you make all year.
Kicking off with the incredibly agile and capable powerplant developing 1 ½ HP, everything on the JET is precision engineered to give that essential combination of speed and accuracy. Build quality is vital if you want a drill press to help you with challenging applications on a sustained basis. The hard metal is built to stay the distance and all componentry is highly dependable as you’d expect from an industry behemoth like JET.
That motor will keep going all day so you don’t need to worry about overheating if you deal with large volumes of sheeting. Properly maintained, your JET will keep running as long as you have the stamina to operate it.
This is a whopping pillar drill and you’ll benefit from a huge 18 ½ x 16 inch worktable allowing you all the room you need even with bulky sheets of metal. You can bevel this in both directions to 45 degrees as is standard with drill presses and you can also lower or raise the table so you get the optimum working position at all times.
12 variable speeds allow you to start remarkably slowly at just 150 RPM and take things right up to 4200 RPM when the project dictates. You’ll be able to easily penetrate hard plastics and metals as well as wood so you’re spoiled for choice. Initially, changing speeds feels a little awkward but once you’ve got this down-pat, you shouldn’t continue to struggle.
The ½-inch positive depth stop, by contrast, is a cinch to adjust. The 3-nut locking feature is a real bonus enabling you to switch the speed up or down without losing precious working time.
Many workshops are naturally gloomy and there’s nothing worse than straining your eyes attempting intricate work calling for complete precision. The work light housed on the front side of the JET lets you beaver away even if the light is sub-par.
The 2-year limited warranty means JET has your back in the event of anything going awry. Given the quality of this drill press, though, we don’t imagine you’ll be facing too many problems.
Have a glimpse at a breakdown of the pros and cons of this floor-standing colossus before we serve up our verdict and wrap these drill press reviews…